About - Educating Youth for Sustainable Development

Youth are the backbone of a natio's well-being. They are an important source of creativity and drivers of social change. The Educating Youth for Sustainable Development (EYSD) Division works diligently to enable youth to comprehend the importance of the environment and makes concerted efforts to conserve it. It fi rmly believes that governments, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and individuals have to work in solidarity for the protection of nature. It works with school teachers, national and international educationists, policy-makers, NGOs, cultural networks, and so on, besides the youth.

The Division is also involved in cutting-edge research on education for sustainable development, and in publishing books, newsletters, workbooks, manuals, fi lms, and other IEC materials periodically. Various projects undertaken by the Division stand testimony to their reach and infl uence, like the GREEN Olympiad and TERRAQUIZ, which paved a way to encourage school students to learn, quiz, and read more about the environment.

The Division also initiated a number of other projects for school children, such as Project BEACON, a school education programme on energy conservation and its effi cient use under the aegis of the Bureau of Energy Effi ciency (BEE), Ministry of Power, Government of India; Project Climate EduXchange, a school programme that harnesses the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to provide a platform for students in 400 schools across 12 cities in India to share information on climate change; Project SEARCH (Sensitization, Education, and Awareness on Recycling for a Cleaner Habitat), a school ESD programme on waste management and to encourage youth to practice the 4Rs - refuse, reuse, reduce, and recycle - in their daily lives; and Project E for Energy Effi ciency, a programme to sensitize students, teachers and the larger school fraternity on energy conservation.

Project Vigyan Sanchar Kendra, supported by the Department of Science and Technology, is a project on sustainability communications wherein resource centres have been established for rural communities for their capacity-building. Project Rhythms from the Riverbanks, an educational programme for college students help participants understand the history, art, culture, and sustainability issues that exist in river cities. Another project by EYSD titled 'Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Education in Schools in Mangalore' helped to augment the provision of safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities in schools, as well as sensitized the school community on water, sanitation, and hygiene issues. Project SABEE (Sustaining Activity Based Environmental Education) was implemented to train teachers and students with a view to inculcate environmental sensitivity and sensibility in them so as to take action. Training of Trainers (ToT) in ESD was organized in Delhi, Guwahati, and Bangalore in which NGO practitioners and school teachers were trained to develop and evaluate alternative visions of a sustainable future through ESD.