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  project name ~ Snow Leopard Conservation Education Program, Phase-2 (2nd year)

category ~ Education - Child

 
       

  

     

  Project Name

 

Snow Leopard Conservation Education Program, Phase-2 (2nd year)

  NGO

 

Kalpavriksh

  Category

 

Education - Child

  District

 

Leh/Kargil

  State

 

Jammu & Kashmir

  Budget Approved

 

$ 7500

 

  Year Approved

 

2007

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

1  

  Chapter Coordinators

 

Saraswathy Ramamoorthy

 

Portland
Columbus

 

  Caption

 

 

Local hands on project: digging garbage pits in Markha

 

  Summary

 

 

This project is a continuation of the Environmental Education (EE) Program started in 2006 in Hemis National Park, Ladakh. In partnership with Snow Leopard Conservancy-India Trust. Kalpavriksh developed educational material and an educators handbook comprised entirely of localized, interactive educational components. The Proposal in Phase-2 is intended to take the program to more regions, specifically to Zanskar Valley (Kargil district), Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS) and to a few more villages within Hemis. A hands-on project would be initiated in schools that were administered the EE program in 2006 .


 
 

  Achievements

 

 

Phase-1 focused on administering environmental education in 5 villages within Hemis National Park, Ladakh. The education program was a big success among children who demanded more and longer workshops on environmental education. The Village Education Committees and teachers also appreciated the teaching aids and the teaching method. The education department of Ladakh underscored the lack of such localized material and has expressed interest in purchasing the material under the Sarva Siksha Abiyan Scheme (this is pending permission from the state government). The efforts in phase-2 are intended partly to scale up the program through involvement of the Government, Monastries and by taking it to Kargil district and partly to get EE education to take root in Ladakh by finding a suitable local-coordinator and initiating hands-on activities in villages The first year of Phase-2 was implemented according to the intended plan. The local projects were implemented by the childern of Markha and Matho with great enthusiasm. One of the novel features of 1st year was the effort to involve local community in the program through community events. This was warmly welcomed by the community and was a huge success. The Phase-1 activities, which were implemented in new schools were, as anticipated, also well received. Potential colaborations with NCF, MUSE, WWF and the education department of Leh are being explored.

 

  Goals

 

 

The program has several goals: 1) Take the Environmental Education Program to Zanskar Valley (Kargil District), Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS) and to Hemis Shukpachan or Sasoma; 2) Initiate localized hands-on projects in villages where the education was administered in 2006; 3)Refine the educators handbook and the teaching aids for potential use in other fields like eco-tourism. 4)Engage with the goverment and discuss the possibilties of tie-in with the Education Department in Kargil and 5) Scale up activities in Ladakh and work for widespread acceptance of the teaching aids

 
 

  


 
 
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