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Lessons on healthy environs for schoolkids

The Telegraph, Calcutta, 4th June, 2004

 

 NGO TO MONITOR PROJECT 

BHASKAR HAZARIKA

June 3: Green is the new mantra for youngsters and students of five city schools who will be imparted lessons on environment from next week.

 

The project, Environment Education in School Systems, has been launched by the state Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT) in association with the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Northeast.

 

Project associate of the education centre, Sunetra Lala, said the project aims at training the school students about environmental issues. “This project will also include workshops for teachers,” Lala added.

 

“The project is aimed at imparting training as well as educating the students and teachers about the topics for healthy environment,” Lala added.

 

She said it is very important to develop the mindset of the students from the early stage. “The students will learn more easily if they are trained at the school level.”

 

The SCERT has selected Collegiate School, Kamrup Academy, T.C. Girls High School, Dakshin Kamrup Vidyapeeth High School and Gopal Boro H. School among the 20 schools in Kamrup district.

 

Lala said the CEE is being joined by an NGO, Green Flex, to facilitate the project work. Green Flex, a city-based environment activist group, will be in charge of the training and monitoring if the project is being implemented.

 

Green Flex member Nandan Patgiri said this is the first project taken up by the NGO to impart training to the schoolteachers. The NGO has taken in 60 students, mostly from the city colleges. Patgiri is also a student of Lalit Chandra Bharali College, and was always interested in taking up environment issues.

 

“We, a group of youths, formed this NGO in 1999, with members from different backgrounds,” Patgiri said.

 

They had also organised a debate on tourism and inland water transport is responsible for imbalance of our water environment for school students today.

 

“We have been holding such debates for the past three years, in association with the Pollution Control Board,” Patgiri said.

 

Lala said they have selected the NGO on the ground that they have been sincerely working on environment issues for the past couple of years.

 

“Altogether 100 schools from five districts of the state have been selected by the SCERT for implementation of the project, which will be monitored by five NGOs,” Lala added.

 

The five districts — Dhubri, Goalpara, Sonitpur, Jorhat and Kamrup — will implement this project in 20 schools in every district.

 

Lala said they have trained the five NGOs at Hyderabad about imparting education on environment issues. However, this is the first time the centre would be monitoring schools, she added.

  

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1040604/asp/guwahati/story_3328261.asp