Children are a powerful means to carry messages on climate change to the adult rural and urban community in India. Accordingly, the BAIF Development Research Foundation will develop an educational program to be disseminated to 10,000 schools in Northern India and 5,000 schools in Maharashtra state. The program will cover topics such as natural resource management, the effects of global warming on farmers, and environmental pollution and will be tailored to suit the needs of the particular community. The information will be presented through a combination of audio-visual materials (including a cartoon DVD that was previously developed), posters and handout booklets, each of which will be prepared in 3-4 languages. The material will be prepared for the purpose of motivating participants to initiate eco-friendly activities at an individual level as well as to be responsible members of the local community.
The programs will be distributed to the schools through a network of trained volunteers, including Rotarian members, youth group members, and teachers. Following the formal education program we will seek feedback from participants through a questionnaire. Based on the feedback that the BAIF Development Research Foundation receives, it will assist the schools to initiate practical, eco-friendly activities and field trips such as tree planting sessions and demonstration of organic farming methods. The follow-up activities would aim to include not just the school children but their families and community members to extend the reach of our education program.
In addition to their school program, The BAIF Development Research Foundation will partner with local Rotary organizations to disseminate educational material through urban communities with the aim of sensitizing the population to climate change issues. As part of our urban education program, the BAIF Development Research Foundation will hold seminars, produce posters on energy efficiency to be placed, for example, in local shops that sell light bulbs, and bring in speakers from our organization to present on specialist environmental issues that are of interest to the particular community.
The BAIF Development Research Foundation's strategy for this commitment includes the following activities:
1. Development and adaptation of audio-visual materials (including the cartoon film, presentations and slides), posters and handouts in 3-4 languages January - June 2009
2. Training of trainers / volunteers March - July 2009
3. Start rolling out the programs in the schools July 2009 onwards
4. - Begin follow-up and feedback from education programs in the schools
- Assist schools to initiate practical eco-friendly activities such as tree planting, organic farming, garbage recycling, water conservation and replacement of ordinary bulbs with CFL
October 2009 onwards
5. Urban education program July 2009 onwards
SEEKING: financial resources, best practices information. $30,000 is required to expand to reach of this film to more schools.
OFFERING: BAIF is offering awareness and capacity building.