Saturday, August 5, 2017

Rc.446,CSE,Dt.1/8/2017 GREEN SCHOOL PROGRAMME -Design cell- Organisation of Green School Programme in collaboration with centre for science and environment.


What is Green Schools Programme (GSP)?

The field of environment education is dogged by a very fundamental contradiction. While everyone, everywhere, asserts the importance of ‘learning to live sustainably’, environment remains a peripheral issue in the formal schooling system. It continues to be viewed more as an extracurricular activity and less as a subject with a priority position in the national curriculum. This is true not only in India but worldwide as well.Fortunately, it has not deterred many talented, creative and farsighted educators from experimenting and evolving extremely innovative teaching methods, materials and practices.

The novelty of CSE’s Green Schools Programme lies in the fact that it moves beyond theories and textbooks and concentrates solely on ‘doing’. It is an environmental education programme directed to subtly sensitizing students to the environment through hands-on and thoughtprovoking activities. It is also an environment management system that audits, through students, the consumption of natural resources within school campuses and helps schools become good environmental managers by deploying pragmatic solutions to reduce wastage of precious resources.

What’s In It For My School?
Adopting the programme does not mean that the most complex technological and scientific? problems that our planet faces today will be fixed instantly. It is too big a task. But it will:
  • Spur the growth of a more environmentally aware and responsible generation of citizens;
  • Equip resourceful teachers to foster environmental literacy;
  • Help every member of the school community understand the scope and significance of his or her role in the sustainable use of natural resources within the school campus;
  • Nudge everyone to get on with the job.


  • The Green Schools Programme helps move beyond words, jargons and intentions to practices that CSE believes in. It benchmarks a school’s performance as environmental managers. The audit measures impact and motivates participants to work towards change.
  • The monitoring process is participatory and transparent. It encourages teachers to convert audit tasks into assignments for students. The initiative-based tasks also test student’s skills of communication and analysis.
  • It helps schools record their available resources and trains students to collect information systematically to feed and ease up the analysis process.
  • The analysis of post-audit information can be used by a network of schools or by city or state governments to do a comparative evaluation so that best practices can be shared.
  • The audit equips school managements to skillfully manage their available resources for optimum utilization and become Green Schools.


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