Mentoring young minds on Climate Change
to learn about the environment
In early 2011, school-to-school awareness and sensitization workshops were held. Here, a complete overview of climate change was provided to the students. The key issues in the context of Goa were also highlighted. Quiz and games were also held as part of the workshop to reinforce, recap, and ascertain how much the students had assimilated. Group activities were also held to encourage critical thinking among students. Films were also screened, and discussions held subsequently. Students were encouraged to share the message they would take back to their community at the end of the session. One-on-one interactions with schools were also held.
In July 2011, a competition-cum-exhibition was held among the project schools. The events included poster illustration on the theme 'Goa for me', model making on 'alternate technologies for a sustainable future', creative writing on 'My Goa...My environment', and PowerPoint presentation on 'My Environment...My Responsibility'.
In April 2011, a teacher's training programme was held on using ICT in Education. This was held as a follow-up to the interactive session with the teachers where they expressed the need to acquaint themselves with the web techniques in the teaching-learning process.
It is expected that this project will have far reaching consequences in terms of sensitizing the students, teachers, parents, and the community on various climate change issues. Besides, the teaching community will be enriched with up-to-date knowledge about climate change, which they will be able to disseminate to their students, who in turn will be motivated to act and transmit their learning to other segments of society. This sustained continuous teaching-learning process will lead to a change in attitudes, behaviour and actions towards the environment.
- Create awareness on key climate change issues among schools (including students and teachers) in context with local issues;
- Enhance the ability of students and teachers to respond to the climate change problem by training and motivating them to take action;
- Develop synergy between schools by initiating knowledge exchange between them;
- Motivate students to further educate their peers and influence more environment-friendly actions.
- Workshops: Awareness and sensitization for students and parents; capacity building and training of students and teachers;
- Resource material: Developing posters, stickers, bookmarks, bulletin boards; dissemination of knowledge through films / documentaries, knowledge CDs, games; TERRAGREEN magazine;
- Competitions for students;
- Field visits and student exchange programmes;
- Development of project website (www.teridempo.com).