Greening young minds through experiential learning

Transforming the class room lessons into real world situations, the EEA (Environment Education and Awareness) area under Youth Education and Action division of TERI organized a three-day educational trip for school students and teachers from 3-5 March 2010 to the Nilgiris.

About forty-six students and teachers from three participating schools from Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad converged at Coonoor for the programme. Through the educational trip the participants got insights into the rich biodiversity of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve and the environmental degradation that it has witnessed in the last three decades.

Enriching discussions were held on the increasing pressure on land for agriculture and tea plantations in the Nilgiris that has led to the disappearance of a high proportion of natural forests and grasslands.

The exchange programme was organized as part of Climate EduXchange, an ongoing project in partnership with Dell Computers.

Young people offer a powerful and unique perspective on the climate change issue. Their engagement on climate change is long overdue. Keeping this in mind, a programme has been initiated titled 'Climate EduXchange' by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) in partnership with Dell Computer.

Keeping its focus on the use of technologies - the computer and Internet, the project facilitates and encourages the sharing of knowledge between young people with alternative perspectives, including those with traditional knowledge and those from diverse cultures, thus giving them an equal voice. Further, it provides a platform for students from identified parts of the country to share information and ideas across disciplines - about how climate change is affecting them, and how India might best secure a path towards sustainable development.

The programme reaches out to students from classes 5 through 11. In each city, there are up to 50 schools organized into five clusters. One school in every cluster has been designated as the Nodal school (or Knowledge Centre).

'Dell - TERI Knowledge Centres' are being set up in the nodal schools; these are being equipped with computers and other hardware and software as part of the Project. These Knowledge Centres are accessible to all the schools in the respective clusters. Nodal schools are encouraged to reach out to cluster schools, thus acting as an information channel ensuring that voices of all the partners are integrated into the programme, as well as ensuring that information reaches out to a much wider cross-section of the youth.

Moreover, initiation, sensitization and capacity-building workshops, interactive sessions, discussion forums, and field trips are being conducted for teachers and students on a regular basis. An emphasis is placed on approaches that facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge and ideas, while keeping the focus and relevance to the key issues.

Sponsors: Dell Foundation
Duration: 12 months
Key Stakeholders/ Beneficiaries: School students and teachers
Climate EduXchange - harnessing ICT for Climate Change
Phase II - Igniting young minds: Climate EduXchange
Objectives of the project
  • Raising awareness about the issue of climate change amongst students and teachers
  • Promote engagement on these issues with students in different parts of the country.
  • Familiarize everyone with the importance of the computer and the Internet
  • Build capacity through an introduction to the power of technology
  • Facilitate linkages for interaction and knowledge-sharing

The programme has an interactive project website, which connects all the schools and provides a platform for them to share their experiences and learn from others.
'Known Ignored', a film by students made as a part of Climate EduXchange, a TERI-DELL initiative, talks about how individuals don't realize their power to act and has contributed to the current environmental crisis.

Posted on: 10 March 2010  |   Project status: Completed