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  project name ~ Snow Leopard Conservation Education Program

category ~ Education - Child




  Project Name


Snow Leopard Conservation Education Program






Education - Child






Jammu & Kashmir

  Budget Approved


$ 4100


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators













The goal of the project is to provide environmental education to children in remote villages of Ladakh, that surround the Hemis National Park. This is a part of a more holistic effort by the partner NGO Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC-India) in trying to solve the predators-human beings conflict in the National Park through community-based conservation.

This form of interactive education is being administered for the first time in Ladakh and involves a variety of child-centered activities that provide a wholsome, enjoyable educational experience to the children.

The NGO, Kalpavriksh, was established in 1979 and focuses on issues related to conservation and development, biodiversity conservation, and environmental education. It possesses expertise in legal issues related to construction of dams, mining and their impact on local ecology.





The activities in Phase-1 were a big sucess among children in all five villages. The year-end feedback survey received demands for more and longer programs as the ones involved in Phase-1. The teachers and Village Education Committe members also participated and appreciated the teaching aids and the teaching method. The education department of Ladakh expressed interest in purchasing the material under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan scheme and distributing it across Ladakh (this is pending permission from the State Government). Three of the teaching aids have already been mass-produced (1000 numbers) and have been sent to Ladakh. Pending State permission, a special session would be held during teacher''''''''s training in winter in order to orient the teachers to the use of the material





(1) Provide environmental education to 70 children between classes 4 and 8 from 5 villages surrounding the Hemis National Park (2) The education is intended to expose the childern to all forms of Ladakh biodiversity in general and Snow Leopards in particular. (3)The different aspects to the program include, art, craft, audio visuals, theater, picture cards, games, information booklets and nature trips (4) The material covered involves general introduction to biodiversity, Ladakh flora and Fauna, Threats to Ladakh Biodiversity and sound community-based conservation methods in a fun package meant to capture a child''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s imagination. (5) A mid-term review would be done in September 2006 to assess te impact of this program to suitably modify it and extend it to other areas in Ladakh.



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