National Green Corps (Eco-clubs):
We all know that we are part of the environment we live in. And the solution to many environmental problems lie in our attitude towards environment. Be it awareness to keep our surroundings clean or the realisation to conserve natural resources by re-using and recycling wherever possible, they all are attitudinal. On the surface it looks simple. But changing the attitudes of 100 crore people is not going to happen overnight. The best way to attempt to bring about a change in the attitudes in the society is through children. They have no vested interests. They are impressionable. They are our future. They are the single most important influence in any family. With this realisation the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India has decided to launch the National Green Corps Progarnme (NGC) in all Districts of our vast country.
The main objectives of this programme are to educate children about their immediate environment and impart knowledge about the eco-systems, their inter-dependence and their need for survival, through visits and demonstrations and to mobilise youngsters by instilling in them the spirit of scientific inquiry into environmental problems and involving them in the efforts of environmental preservation.
Since the modification of the scheme in 1993, more than 10,000 Eco-clubs had been provided grants until 2000-2001 in various parts of the country. Considering that the total number of schools covered were grossly inadequate compared to the total number of schools in the country and keeping in view the potential of this programme in sensitizing the school students. It was decided to intensify this programme to cover each and every district of the country.
A programme of raising ‘National Green Corps’ through the Eco clubs was, therefore, launched during 2001-2002. Under this programme, Eco-clubs are being set up in 100 schools of each District of the country. 47,000 Eco-clubs have been set up so far in the country. This programme is being implemented in each State/UT through the Nodal agency appointed by the State/UT Govt.
The Government of India provides financial assistance for establishment of Eco clubs @ Rs.1000/- One Thousand Rupees per Eco-club, Training of Master Trainers, teacher training and distribution of resource materials.
NGC at Kerala
Nodal agency for implementing NGC activities in Kerala is KSCSTE. About 3500 schools are participating in the activities of the NGC programme.
For More Details Contact
Coordinator / Member Secretary
Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE)
Sastra Bhavan, Pattom
Thiruvananthapuram 695004, Kerala, India