Young Environmentalists at Work

In the year 2005, the Education ministry under the governance of Mr Kapil Sibal of the Congress party, in the government of India decided that environmental education was a subject that required attention of students all over India, as they are the future protectors of the depleting resources. Hence, Environmental education was incorporated to the already existing subjects of the student’s curriculum.

Even though the subject is very vital in nature, but its theoretical knowledge memorizing just puts off any young mind and might even induce certain amount of hatred in the person. Visual or practical learning has always seen to have a greater impact on children compared to the dull unintelligent looking textbooks.

Knowledge is often created in spaces outside the boundaries of the four walled classrooms and besides a subject like environmental education, which deal with how to beautify our environment cannot be simply taught by sitting inside the class.

Field trips should be organized to the exotic nearby locations, which are key areas of grave concern of the environmental degradation that is taking place. Subsequently, the matter should be discussed by involving students in a debate that would generate interest amongst the students to share their opinions, ideas and viewpoints regarding what they feel about a particular on-going development project that is receiving negative publicity and protests from the indigenous people of those areas. Only, when a child feels connected to an issue will there be some kind of an interest that would be kindled to know more about that topic and also find subsequent ways of overcoming the problem.

A child who is born and brought up in an urban environment and has only seen villages in their television set can never be able to know what kind of problems do they face. So in order to develop that sense of reliability amongst kids, they could be taken on short one day trips to nearby villages, where kids should be asked to get involved with the people and find put the problems they are facing and then as a part of their assignment they could be asked to come up with the various solutions that could put an end to all the problems that are taking place in the lives of these indigenous people. Only when we make an effort do we derive results, so it is a combined task for teachers as well as the students to make the subject which generally acts as a sedative to most kids in class by putting them off to sleep, sound and appear interesting, only then will they like to study it.

Minu Aravind is a self-motivated writer and blogger with an ability to develop unique content, is associated with CBSE schools in Chandigarh. She is a strong advocate of high-grade education, and focuses to develop blogs and articles in the field of education, parenting, and child development and so on.



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