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. Currently, we work with children and teachers of Grade I-V across different school types (Govt., Private, Alternate) and boards.
In partnership with educators and designers
To ensure that our ideas and interventions are pedagogically sound, appropriate and contextual, we partner with education groups, professionals and individuals who have experience in nature education. We also work 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
Nature Learning Resources
During the last few months, we have created a few resources for children and school communities.
Explore a whole new habitat by looking under a table, behind a picture frame, following a persistent sound or even peering into a bag of grains! We have put together a set of fun activities and games called "Hidden Housemates" for children to engage with nature in their immediate surroundings. Each sheet introduces you to 9 Hidden Housemates, who you can find in your own space using an illustrated bingo game. You can learn more about each of these through a list of specially curated resources and activities for all ages. Ready to get to know your Hidden Housemates? The activity sheets are available here:
Would you like to explore nature around you? We have created a variety of Nature Bingos which are available in multiple languages here.
Video: Can you get COVID-19 from bats?
We have also created a video for school communities and children to increase awareness on bats and COVID-19 based on scientific research Recently, bats have been mentioned in the news in relation to the pandemic, which is leading to fear and uncertainty about the animals. Here is an educational video about bats and the COVID-19 pandemic for children, where a special guest will help answer some of their questions. Thanks to our very dedicated volunteers, this video is available in 11 different languages (English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Kashmiri, Nepali, Gujarati, Bengali) for school communities across the country.