Ecological Education

Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation

Ecological Education

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 wise break-up of Nature Education Camps and Beneficiaries
Year Indroda Nature Park Hingolgadh Sanctuary Total
Camps Campers Camps Campers Camps Campers
1982-83 21 924 0 0 21 924
1983-84 112 5157 0 0 112 5157
1984-85 88 4694 29 1451 117 6145
1985-86 63 3398 0 0 63 3398
1986-87 51 2738 25 1231 76 3969
1987-88 85 4763 0 0 85 4763
1988-89 71 3883 37 2156 108 6039
1989-90 48 2687 32 2433 80 5120
1990-91 38 2233 27 1342 65 3575
1991-92 42 2344 35 1878 77 4222
1992-93 42 2305 39 2066 81 4371
1993-94 84 5004 29 1994 113 6998
1994-95 44 2416 46 2597 90 5013
1995-96 49 2922 48 2932 97 5854
1996-97 34 2085 28 1600 62 3685
1997-98 55 2919 39 2195 94 5114
1998-99 76 4212 44 2444 120 6656
1999-00 86 4524 72 4101 158 8625
2000-01 73 4607 51 3102 124 7709
2001-02 116 7195 77 4437 193 11632
2002-03 68 3592 50 2867 118 6459
2003-04 71 4359 60 3234 131 7593
2004-05 70 4177 60 3277 130 7454
2005-06 72 4031 77 4194 149 8225
2006-07 70 3939 78 4127 148 8066
2007-08 72 4264 98 5525 170 9789
2008-09 62 3485 64 3765 126 7250
2009-10 60 3401 50 2872 110 6273
2010-11 47 2656 53 2970 100 5626
2011-12 40 2171 40 2267 80 4438
2012-13 40 2166 40 2397 80 4563
2013-14 50 2419 40 2199 90 4618
2014-15 49 2507 46 2341 95 4848
2015-16 50 2419 40 2105 90 4524
2016-17 50 2494 40 2081 90 4575
2017-18 45 2397 38 2014 83 4411
2018-19 14 700 35 1947 49 2647
Total 2208 122187 1567 88141 3775 210328

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.

Objectives

  • To make the children understand environment and environmental related other problems.
  • To provide environmental education opportunities for school children.
  • To utilize the unique position of school children as conduits for awareness of the society at large.
  • To facilitate children's participation in decision making in the areas related to environment and development.
  • To bring children into direct contact with the environmental problems faced by the society in which they live and make them think about solutions.
  • To involve children in action based program related to environment in their surroundings.

Actions

  • Organize seminars, debates and popular talks on environmental issues in the school.
  • Field visits to environmentally important sites including polluted and degraded sites, protected areas etc.
  • Organize street shows, interacting with local people, fairs and rallies at public places with a view to spread environmental awareness.
  • Action based activities like tree plantation, cleanliness drive, vermi-composting, recycling of paper etc.
  • Prepare inventories of polluting sources and forward it to enforcement agencies.
  • Maintenance of public places like parks, gardens both within and outside school campus.
  • Mobilize action against environmentally unsound practices like garbage and solid waste disposal in unauthorized places,
  • Organize awareness program against pasting posters in public places, to propagate personal hygiene etc.
  • Creating awareness among people or masses to conserve water

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:

  • Know Your Environment
  • Forest observation trails
  • Trekking
  • Group discussion, experience sharing and
  • Other nature based activities

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.

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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.

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Inauguration of the programme

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Shri Anand Kumar, IFS, DCF, Vyara addressing the teachers

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Shri D.C. Mehta, Dy. Director (EE), GEER Foundation

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Shri R.D. Kamboj, IFS (Retd.), Director, GEER Foundation

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Shri C.K. Sonavane, CCF, Surat addressing the teachers

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Shri Ashok Pambhar, Assistant Program Coordinator

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Shri Alap Pandit, Nature Educator, GEER Foundation

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Participating Eco Club teachers

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Teachers giving their feedback

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News coverage of the programme

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News coverage of the programme

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News coverage of the programme

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