Environmental Education, Awareness and Training (EEAT)
Environment Education Division
Environment Education, Awareness and Training (EEAT) is a central sector Scheme of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched during financial year 1983-84.
The scheme aims to promote environment awareness amongst school and college level students aim to create awareness on various aspects of environment, climate change and connect to nature and is being implemented across the county.
Ministry at central level through National Steering committee under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary, MoEF&CC guide, oversee and monitor the implementation of programme. The programmes are being implemented in decentralised manner through identified State Nodal Agencies across the country.
The major components of scheme, namely
- National Green Corps (NGC) – “Ecoclub” Programme,
- National Nature Camping Programme (NNCP) and
- Capacity Building Activities.
About 90,000 Ecoclubs wherein school students are actively involved in 18 – 20 states/UTs in environment related activities like waste segregation, celebration of important environment days, cleanliness drives and plantation drives in and around the school campus. A financial assistance of Rs 5,000/- per school/college with the ceiling of 250 schools per district is being provided under NGC programme for the aforesaid activities.
Under the scheme, an environment awareness initiative has been launched named as “Prakriti Khoj – online Environment Quiz” on 5th September 2017 with an aim to reach out to young aspiring minds of school students through a fun filled interactive learning mode for triggering a sense of awareness towards environment protection and conservation. A separate webportal www.pkeq.nic.in containing information on the quiz has been developed by the Ministry wherein registered students of the Ecoclubs of the age group 8-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years are eligible to participate. The first round began on 25th September 2017.
Under National Nature Camping Programme, field visits are being organised in different protected areas of the country for 3 days to create awareness amongst school/college students on environment and nature. In every state/UT, twenty camps each of 50 students are being conducted under this programme with the financial assistance of Rs 20 lakhs per state/UT.
Nature Camp in Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Delhi
Under Capacity Building Activities, training is being provided to teachers as well as students on various thematic areas like Bio-diversity conservation, Waste Management and concept of 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change related issues with focus on Adaptation and Mitigation and Control of pollution etc.
- Sensitization of students (schools as well as college) on various environmental issues.
- Promoting environmentally sustainable practices.
- Creating environment awareness among masses.
- Engagement of target groups in environment friendly action and thereby inculcation of proper attitudes towards the environment and its conservation through community interactions.
Monitoring of the programmes is carried out by the Ministry, using the services of Regional Offices/autonomous bodies of the Ministry and Monitoring and Coordination Cell established in the Ministry. Besides, a third party Evaluation is also there. A MIS portal is also under development in order to bring transparency and accountability.
The objectives of this scheme are being realized through implementation of the following programmes launched over the years:
- National Green Corps (NGC)
- National Nature Camping Programme (NNCP)
- Capacity Building Activities.