Under the ‘Green Idea’ scheme by the Environment Department, Govt of Maharashtra, oikos team has designed a set of 3 booklets to facilitate environment education for age group 10 to 12 years, especially for rural parts of the state during year 2015-16.
Our approach has been to:
Develop respect towards natural resources: by sharing facts and figures
Bring in context of local ecology : by observation of surroundings
Know the status of natural resources & biodiversity: through mapping of surroundings
The activities will try to inculcate this philosophy and are designed to cover various aspects such as
Energy, Pollution, Industry
Climate and Weather
The activities have been designed with the help of our partner organization ‘Gram Mangal’. We recommend that any teacher/ parent referring to these booklets do it serially for a better understanding of the subjects. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions while conducting these activities to help us amend them wherever required
The printed version of booklets will be made available in future.
We got our first break in the field of ‘education’, thanks to an opportunity from Gram Mangal, Pune, an NGO working in the field of education with an innovative and path breaking approach of multiple intelligence theory. We have been associated with Gram mangal since 2002.
With ‘Nature’ regarded as an ‘intelligence’, in 2009 we started working on setting up syllabus for their curriculum along with a team from 'Ecological Society', for standard 5th to 10th. This was a very interesting and rewarding experience for our team and helped build a foundation – from designing a modular syllabus to enlisting various activities to translate the syllabus in classroom sessions, training the trainers, conducting sessions, etc. This syllabus was adopted in ‘Bharat Vidyalay’, Wai, Maharashtra under the guidance of Gram mangal team and now being used as a base for developing various educational tools and workshops.