First Annual Meet of State Nodal Agencies for Ecoclub programme conducted

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News:Ministry of Environment,Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has organized an annual meeting of state nodal agencies for implementing the National Green Corps ‘Eco Club’ programme for the first time.

Facts:

About National Green Corps:

  • National Green Corps is a programme started in 2001-02 by the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change.
  • The programme aims to provide opportunities for children to understand the environment and environmental problems through school eco-clubs.
  • The programme is a sub part of Environment Education Awareness and Training (EEAT) which is a central sector scheme of the Ministry of the Environment continuing since 1983-84.

Objectives of the programme:

  • To impart knowledge to school children through hands-on experience, about their immediate environment, interactions within it and the problems therein.
  • To develop requisite skills of observation, experimentation, survey, recording, analysis and reasoning for conserving the environment through various activities.
  • To inculcate the proper attitude towards the environment and its conservation through community interactions.
  • To sensitize children to issues related to environment and development through field visits and demonstrations.
  • To promote logical and independent thinking among children so that they are able to make the right choices in a spirit of scientific inquiry.
  • To motivate and stimulate young minds by involving them in action projects related to environmental conservation.

Implementation:

  • The scheme is being operated through Eco-clubs of 50-60 students having an interest in environment related issues, formed in member schools.
  • Eco clubs are supervised by a Teacher In-charge who is selected from among the teachers of the member schools on the basis of his/her interest in environment related issues.
  • There is District Implementation and Monitoring Committee to supervise, organise training for In-charge teachers and monitor periodically the implementation of scheme at the District level.
  • There is a State Steering Committee for guidance, direction and to oversee the implementation of the scheme.
  • The State Nodal Agency coordinates the implementation of the scheme in the State and organize related activities like training to Master Trainers.
  • The National Steering Committee will give overall direction to the programme and ensure linkages at all levels.