Under the Division, Environmental Education, Awareness and Training (EEAT) scheme is central sector scheme launched during financial year 1983-84 which aims to promote environmental awareness and mobilize student’s participation for environment conservation.
There are five programmes operational under the EEAT scheme, as follows:
- National Green Corps (NGC) Programme: MoEF&CC embarked upon a major initiative for creating environmental awareness among children by formulating National Green Corps (NGC) in 2001-02. There are around 1,00,000 Ecoclubs across the country. A financial assistance of Rs 5,000/- per school and college is provided under this programme. The following activities are undertaken:
- Awareness on solid waste management (waste segregation into biodegradable and non-biodegradable) through establishing 2-Bins in schools– (1) Blue Bin for dry waste like Paper waste, Glass waste, E-waste and (2) Green Bin for wet waste.
- Celebration of important environmental days in schools such as World Environment Day, World Wetland Day, Earth Day, etc. by organising debates, quiz, slogan competitions, drawing/poster competitions etc, on the related theme.
- Plantation drives in and around the school campus
- Cleanliness drives
- National Nature Camping Programme : The ‘Nature experience’ to children and teachers has huge potential to trigger the sensitivity towards nature appreciation and conservation, leading to positive environmental actions at different levels. Under this programme field visits (nature camps) are organised in different protected areas/ Nature parks/Tiger Reserves of the country for 3 days to create awareness amongst school/college students on environment and nature. The activities undertaken includes ‘Apna Paryavaran Janiye’ (Know your Environment) by preparing small checklist of flora and fauna seen/spotted by them in the nature trail, Bird watching, Trekking, Green Pledges, Group Discussion involving record/sharing of experiences and Other nature based activities
- Capacity Building Activities: The objective of this programme is to support capacity building activities and to impart skills to students (schools and colleges) and teachers of Eco-club on various thematic areas like Bio-diversity conservation, Waste Management and concept of 4Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Recover; Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change related issues with focus on Adaptation and Mitigation, Control of pollution and any other related theme of MoEF&CC.
- Globe Programme: The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Programme – an international Science and Education programme – provides a unique opportunity to the school students to carry out various measurements so that they can learn about scientific protocols and perform environmental learning activities. GLOBE provides grade level appropriate, in disciplinary activities and inventions about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers. The programme which focuses on Hands- on-approach based environmental learning and has tremendous potential in enhancing the quality of Environment Education.
- Green Good Deeds: Green Good Deed movement is a social movement with an aim to bring about mass environmental awareness among society. Ministry intends to reach every citizen in the country who shall adopt green good deeds in his daily life. With this preamble, the GGDs has been initiated through schools/colleges under National Green Corps “Eco-club” programme of Ministry.
The programmes are implemented through State Nodal Agencies (SNAs across the country.
- 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.
‘Train the trainer’ workshop on GLOBE programme for Ecoclub coordinators held under the chairmanship of Sh. Arvind Nautiyal, Joint Secretary, MoEF&CC
Ecoclub students participating in the Swachh Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan
Knowledge products for Ecoclubs
Ecoclub Students cleaning a ‘Bowli’ in Sikar district, Rajasthan
Ecoclub Students preparing Eco-friendly Ganesh idols