Partnering with schools to develop age and place appropriate nature learning
In collaboration with education professionals, designers, schools and teachers we are working towards creating a holistic nature learning framework and modules that will become an integral part of the child's school learning and curriculum.
A Nature Learning Programme for schools and teachers
The last few decades have seen a number of schools and conservation groups conduct nature-based activities, but most often these are outside of the school hours, and separate from the school syllabus and requirements. Typically, these involve taking children for nature camps, bird watching trips, tree planting drives, creating nature clubs and organising talks on nature. These programmes, conducted by various conservation groups and individuals over the last couple of decades arguably have been instrumental in getting a whole generation of people in India interested in nature, conservation and wildlife, with some following careers in these fields. While these education and outreach programmes are useful and important, teachers and parents tend to view and find these burdensome (often unnecessary) and considered ‘extra-curricular’. This is why we believe that it is important to understand and design a nature learning framework in partnership with schools and school teachers so we can transact locally relevant and age appropriate concepts on nature and the environment. The idea is that these nature modules and concepts can then be incorporated as a part of the school curriculum, and leveraging the fact Environment Education (EE)/ Environmental Sciences (EVS) is a compulsory subject in the school curriculum. To start with we will work with children and teachers of Grade I-V across different school types (Govt., Private, Alternate) and boards.
In partnership with educationists and designers
To ensure that our ideas and interventions are pedagogically sound, appropriate and contextual we are partnering with education groups, professionals and individuals who have experience in nature education. We are also working closely with designers to create low-cost, easy to use and replicable learning material, tools on nature that teachers and children can use.
Schools that we are currently working with:
1. Government Lower Primary School, Tarabanahalli
2. Parikrma Centre for Learning, Nandhini Layout
3. Parikrma Centre for Learning, Sahakara Nagar
4. Government Urdu Higher Primary School, Ganganagar
5. Geddalahalli Government School