Environment Education at local schools
In modern day society, despite new interventions which make life easier, damage is still being inflicted upon the environment.
The Foundation buildings are surrounded by a marvelous natural setting and we need to be careful that it is not damaged by pollution. The school children of today are tomorrows back bone of society for they will be responsible for generating awareness about the dangers of pollution and passing on the message to further generations.
The Foundation is very much involved in the education of the school children on the subject of environmental conservation and protection.
An Environment teacher has been appointed by the Foundation to work in the local school, specifically providing environment education to the children. The environment teacher has formed an ‘Eco Club’ and delegated responsibilities to the Eco Club members. Responsibilities include cleaning the school campus and maintaining the herbal garden which has been established at the school. One of the major constituents of the environmental education programme is to teach children the characteristic features of herbal plants and their use as remedies for minor ailments. Occasionally, children are reluctant to take medication made of raw herbal leaves due to the bitter taste. To minimize the problem and encourage the continuation of traditional herbal medication, the children are taught how to prepare various recipes with herbal leaves.
As part of our Environment Education programme, annual exposure visits are arranged to the Nadukuppam Environment Education Centre and the Pitchandikullam Bio-Resource Centre (PBRC) for the Eco Club members. PBRC is a collaborator with the Foundation which actively runs environment-related projects such as the waste management project. PBRC has helped to lobby the Government into funding a large scale Eco park construction project in Adyar.
Important days such as World Environment day on june 5th, World Earth day on april 22nd have been recognized every year by organizing such things as an awareness rally and a drawing competition on an environmental theme. .