Ecological Education (EE) at GEER Foundation restores links between man and nature to address the question of coexistence with nature while respecting the prevalent differences between man and its environment. The Foundation aims at generating love for and promoting knowledge of ecology, ecosystems, environment and natural history among children, youth, officers, experts and common public through various EE activities.
EE being one of its primary objectives, GEER Foundation has developed a multi-disciplinary approach for creating effective and far-reaching results. It imparts EE by carrying out outdoor based nature education programmes, setting up interpretation facilities, conducting trainings, initiating awareness campaigns, developing radio programmes, and publishing reports, books, magazines and audiovisual materials.
Nature Education Camp (NEC)
Ecological Education Nature education programmes were initiated by the Foundation way back in 1982. Nature Education Camp is another tool that GEER Foundation utilizes to fulfil its primary objective of spreading knowledge & awareness about Gujarat's ecology.
The Foundation is a pioneer institution in nature education in Gujarat. Till date, the Foundation has organized more than 3,775 nature education camps, which have benefited more than 2.10 lakh school children and 10,000 teachers. Special camping sites & interpretation facilities at Indroda Nature Park (INP), Aranya Udhyan and Hingolgadh Wildlife Sanctuary have been developed for this purpose. The year wise break-up of the nature education camps and beneficiaries are as under:
|Year||Indroda Nature Park||Hingolgadh Sanctuary||Total|
National Green Corps (NGC)
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India had launched a National Level Program to sensitize school children for environment and environmental related issues and, concerns at the local and global level in June 2001. The program was initiated at the Conference of Ministers of Environment and Forests of all the State Governments and Union Territories during 29-30 January 2001 at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. As a result, this highly ambitious program which is known as National Green Corps (NGC) Program was introduced for all the States and Union Territories covering all the districts of the country for the betterment of our next generation in terms of environment and nature.
This programme is being implemented in Gujarat with a close support from Gujarat Forest Department and Gujarat Education Department.
NATIONAL NATURE CAMPING PROGRAMME (NNCP)
The ‘Nature Experience’ to teachers and children has huge potential to trigger the sensitivity towards nature appreciation and conservation, leading to positive environmental actions at different levels.
Under this programme special Nature Education Camps for Eco Club schools are organized to create awareness amongst school/college students on environment and nature. The programme aims at providing students an opportunity to learn about natural resources, ecosystem services, etc and the importance of the area by involving them in activities such as:
Capacity Building Activities
For effective implementation of this scheme, Eco Club teachers have to play a pivotal role, and therefore, training of the Eco Club teachers is critical & essential for effective NGC activities. There is also a need to enlist more support to this activity with focus on strengthening the NGC Eco Club teachers; GEER Foundation took the initiatives to impart training to Eco Club Teachers.
With the rich experience of conducting NECs and other activities, it is understood that active participation of learned and experienced teacher is an essential / critical / key element to the effective nature education. More often than not, indifference of teachers towards these activities does not yield desired results in facilitation of nature education to the students. Therefore, large numbers of teachers are required to be continuously trained, oriented and motivated for such important nature education activity. The objective of this programme is to support capacity building activities and to impart skills to students (schools and colleges) and teachers of Eco-club on various thematic areas.
Successfully organized an ecological education and awareness event at Madhupur Ghed Beach (Porbandar) with Eco Club Students on 13-02-2020
The GEER Foundation, Gandhinagar (Gujarat) has successfully organized an ecological education and awareness event at Madhupur Ghed Beach (Porbandar) with Eco Club Students on 13-02-2020. Activities include group discussion, debate, information exchange & interaction and cleaning drive at beach with a focus on the theme I Am Saving My Beach. More than 70 students & teachers and about 20 participants from Porbandar Forest Dept and GEER Foundation staff participated in the event. They were also given information about the importance of the beach and coastal biodiversity.
Tapi District Eco Club Teachers Training Venue: Padamdungri, Date: 06-02-2020
For effective implementation of the National Green Corps (NGC) scheme, Eco Club teachers have to play a pivotal role, and therefore, training the Eco Club teachers is critical & essential for effective NGC activities. There is also a need to enlist more support to this activity with focus on strengthening the NGC Eco Club teachers; GEER Foundation took the initiatives to impart training to Eco Club Teachers of Tapi District by organizing One Day Eco Club Teachers’ Training on 06-02-2020 at Padamdungri Eco Tourism Site. More than 230 Eco Club Teachers participated in this programme. These training comprised of activities that included theoretical sessions, presentation, conservation activities, movie screening and group discussions, experience sharing and many other activities. Shri R.D. Kamboj, Director, GEER Foundation; Shri C.K. Sonavane, CCF, Surat; Shri D.C. Mehta, Dy. Director (EE), GEER Foundation; Shri Anand Kumar, DCF, Vyara (Tapi), Shri Bharatbhai Patel, DEO, Tapi, Shri Jayeshbhai Patel, DPEO, Tapi and other dignitaries shared their valuable knowledge on environment and Eco Club activities. All teacher were highly motivated by this training programme.
Inauguration of the programme
Shri Anand Kumar, IFS, DCF, Vyara addressing the teachers
Shri D.C. Mehta, Dy. Director (EE), GEER Foundation
Shri R.D. Kamboj, IFS (Retd.), Director, GEER Foundation
Shri C.K. Sonavane, CCF, Surat addressing the teachers
Shri Ashok Pambhar, Assistant Program Coordinator
Shri Alap Pandit, Nature Educator, GEER Foundation
Participating Eco Club teachers
Teachers giving their feedback
News coverage of the programme
News coverage of the programme
News coverage of the programme
NGC Eco Club Teachers Training cum meeting of Surat District (Gujarat) , Date: 29-02-2020
NGC Eco Club Teachers Training cum meeting of Surat District (Gujarat) was organized by the GEER Foundation with support of DCF, Social Forestry, Surat; DCF, Surat and District Education Office, Surat on 29 Feb 2020 at Mandvi (Surat), Gujarat. More than 200 Eco Club Teachers participated in the training. They were given various information on the environment & its conservation by Sh. R.D. Kamboj, Director, GEER Foundation; Sh. C.K. Sonwane, CCF, Surat; Sh. Punit Naiyar, DCF, Surat. Sh. D.C. Mehta, Dy. Director (EE) interacted with teachers and provided information about the NGC Program. Many teachers also shared the activities done in their schools.