The Green School, A TATA Steel-TERI initiative
Discussions to include rethinking education for a transformative change, hands-on learning, the role of corporate initiatives and government schemes
The Green School project by TERI, in association with Tata Steel Limited, aims to create awareness and understanding about environmental issues in school campuses in the operational areas of Tata Steel. The project is meant to create awareness among students on climate change and the ways sustainable lifestyle can help mitigate the adverse impact of climate change. This is done by promoting environmental stewardship through both classroom and outdoor activities to improve students' critical, interdisciplinary and holistic thinking.
The first phase of the project, from April 2017 to March 2018, was successfully executed in 10 identified schools in Jharkhand and Odisha. Phase II, launched in May 2018, is being implemented in 30 schools across Jajpur, Jharia, Joda, Noamundi, Sukinda and West Bokaro districts in Jharkhand and Odisha. In this phase, year-round efforts are being made to engage the school fraternity to take action to achieve viable impact(s) in and around the school campus with focus on water and energy issues.
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The Green Handbook: Educate, Inspire and Empower
A teacher's manual with lesson plans to sensitise students about the environment
Water, energy, biodiversity, and waste are the four specific themes that have come to fore in the recent past. Not only are these important issues through which we understand the extent and intensity of climate change, but these are also issues that need to be addressed and discussed at all levels. Creating sustainable thinking is the precursor to creating a sustainable environment and solutions.
The Green Handbook is a teacher's manual with lesson plans whose aim is to sensitise children to the urgency of the situation. The manual is developed on the gaps identified in the CBSE and ISCE boards of Geography and Science textbooks for classes 6-8 and will serve as a reference while teaching.
The manual's lesson plans, detailed and interactive, have been devised to help teachers impart a well-rounded education along the aforementioned themes. The aim in every lesson is to establish links with conditions and situations that are known to the children so that they may relate it to it, understand it, and arrive at the necessary and corrective actions wherever possible.
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