Environment Education Program (EEP)


“Today’s children are the global citizens of tomorrow. They influence their families and shape their attitudes, and thereby the society. So, children, during their formative years (5 to 14), when they are most receptive to messages and information, need to be educated about the environment and the long-term impact of our present actions. This will have a cascading effect on society” – working on this rationale, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) formulated the programme – ‘National Green Corps (NGC)’ in 2001-02, for promoting Eco-club formation and activities in schools across the country. Realizing the need to mobilize the participation of youth also in environmental conservation activities, the programme support was extended to colleges during 2019-20. The NGC programme was implemented as the flagship programme of MoEF&CC for non-formal environment education till 2021-2022. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also issued circular in 2019 instructing all the schools to mandatorily create Eco-clubs in schools. The Department of School Education & Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education (MoE) also extends support inter alia for Youth Clubs and Eco-clubs under Samagra Shiksha, a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Government schools. Formation of Eco-clubs and Nature clubs are promoted by various State/UT Governments as well. The National Education Policy, 2020 envisages Ecoclubs as an integral part of school as well as higher education in the country.


Aim and Objectives:


The Environment Education Programme (EEP) is a component of the revamped Central Sector scheme ‘Environment Education, Awareness, Research and Skill Development (EEARSD)’ and it aims to supplement the efforts of Ministry of Education in the formal education front, through varied pedagogical initiatives to impart non-formal environment education. This programme intends to leverage on the key sectoral strength of Eco-clubs already formed under National Green Corps programme, in addition to targeting Youth Clubs and other such clubs/ units/ groups formed under various programmes/ schemes of the Government. The activities would be scaled up from symbolic ones to focussed training/ campaigns on sustainable lifestyle aimed at motivating children/ youth to think critically and form their habits in such a way as to live in harmony with nature. Long-lasting change is most likely when it is self-motivated and rooted in positive thinking. The programme aims to supplement the knowledge that the children and young generation gain from classrooms with experience from nature and hands-on activities. Psychological interventions to behaviour change like education, enablement, incentivization, modelling, persuasion, training, etc. would be the building blocks of this programme laid on the foundation of principles envisaged in the National Education Policy, 2020.







Featured Photos

Eco-club students of Mattahalli Govt school, Chamarajanagar have raised organic garden for mid day meals

Students of JSS College Mysuru at Nature Camp, Kukkrahalli Kere Mysuru