Charter and Background of Teach For Green:
Teach For Green has been operational on the ground for the past 4 consecutive years and aims to bridge the gap between lack of environmental knowledge and the necessary actions that need to be taken up by the communities towards such environmental issues through experiential learning. We believe that learning should add value in real-life experiences rather than only achieving academic success. We consider schools as innovation centers which has the potential to catalase the social change. Our educational approach curriculum aligns with school curriculum and adds experiences to the knowledge gained. With our activity-based pedagogy made especially for environmental related topics, it provides a fresh perspective and helps in connecting the students with their surroundings for and with a better understanding. This can also lead to a cascade of change spreading towards people and communities. We work with teachers by conducting training sessions to give them the required ability to start such a change.
We work to create consciousness on the importance of the environment we surround ourselves with which basically includes spreading awareness on green energy, waste management, water management, water conservation, and adopting more sustainable practices for a healthy surrounding for the upcoming generation and the impacts it would create in the upcoming years.
We, as an organization envisions a community or world where every individual along with the communities are environmentally conscious about every action they take and how it impacts the environment, adopt and practice sustainable living, driven by their ethics and values.
Our mission is to build a movement of community leaders to adopt and adapt various practices for environmental sustainability. We instill curiosity and encourage self-reliance in individuals for a better community.
Summary of our work in the past:
Delhi government schools project (from 2017) - We started our ‘Green School Green Community Program’ piloting our curriculum in the urban context. This guided us to work with learners in the urban area and finding out various sustainability approaches in urban areas. This also gave the insight to tackle various problems with the collaborative work of various stakeholders.
Uttarakhand government schools project (from 2018)- Uttarakhand is facing a tremendous loss for the sake of development. This has led to intensified forest fires leading to deforestation causing greater economic loss, the glaciers melting rapidly and sea level rising while on the other side of the spectrum water scarcity in the dry season. There is a severe rise in plastic wastage as well in smaller towns because of tourism. We aim to identify the various flora and fauna and their importance, followed by their role in the food chain, the Himalayan ecosystem, and explaining their relationship to the communities and students.
Rajasthan government schools project (from 2017) - Working in Rajasthan gave us a community understanding between rural and urban communities. We made our curriculum in a rural context around the Khetri block of the Jhunjhunu district. We also created five model schools whose major focus was on kitchen gardens, nutrients, healthcare, and sanitation/hygiene. These schools are taking our curriculum and helping the nearby schools in the experiential learning.
Jharkhand government schools project (from 2020)- Jharkhand is a 70% forest area with most of the people belonging to the tribal communities. Our program there is to help and work with the communities and how they can adopt sustainable practices and build togetherness with each other. It also tries to understand and implement ways towards climatic change and environmental problems associated with it.
Different successful campaign (from 2017)- We have had to opportunity to organize many campaigns on various environmental issues such as air pollution, single-use plastic-free drive, and creating green spaces in its place. Our focus is mostly on engaging youth and the community members by bringing them together and how to adopt green spaces by taking the necessary steps and changing their lifestyles on the household level.
Different day’s celebration (from 2017)- In the last 3 years, we have focused on celebrating different environmental days where our chief aim was to showcase our models and put forward our case studies to a broader community network where we worked. This also helps in engaging schools, speakers, organizations to come together on a single platform to exchange their knowledge with each other and learn.
Participation in different competitions and conferences (from 2017)- Through our network connection through interventions in schools and community, students took part in many state and national level competitions and programs such as Ashoka Youth Program, District level Science Program, National level Science Programs, etc. to showcase and solve local problems through creating several models such as solar working models and organizing drives. We have also organized and took part in several seminars and conferences on climate change issues.
We believe to create a change in the value of students and society towards the environment.
- Creating several model schools in various communities to further build a network adopting sustainable practices and cascade a chain of change.
- Forming model communities/ villages where sustainability practices are adopted to create a positive impact on the environment.
- Implementing our ‘Green School Green Community’ program in 30 more schools and 30 more communities in Jharkhand, engaging six more fellows in the process.
- We plan to strengthen the present education system by providing training to teachers in association with the District Institute of Educational and Training.
- Creating 50 community changemakers on environmental sustainability and adding 50 more schools.
- Community driven campaigns on their local issues to build their engagement and participation to reach sustainability.
- By providing children access to knowledge through the internet by developing applications and social media platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube which provide videos and written content, in one place, gives us the satisfaction of spreading knowledge in every part.
Team Teach For Green