Environmental education and Communication programme for children ,Madurai,Tamilnadu,India

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This is a rights based programming to promote children's environmental health rights through education,participatory training and artwork taken up by the Goodwill Social work …

This is a rights based programming to promote children's environmental health rights through education,participatory training and artwork taken up by the Goodwill Social work Centre,Madurai,India. The objectives of our programmes include 1.To inculcate knowledge in rural and urban children the ecological traditions of the local community
2.To create participatory training for children to learn about the principles of children’s rights in the environment, explore their environmental rights and identify their environmental needs and issues.
3.To promote children’s access to environmental media to arouse natural curiosity and
4.To prepare children to share environment information with others on a child-to-child and child-to-community basis.

For more information,please contact:

Prof.Dr.J.Christopher Daniel,Ph.D
Executive Director
Goodwill social work centre
No:5,South street Extension,
Singarayar colony,
Madurai-625002,Tamilnadu,
India
Email:chriskan@satyam.net.in
Website:www.goodwillsocialworkcentre.org

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  • 1. Environmental education and Communication programme for children in villages,Tamilnadu,India A Children's Environmental Health Rights Initiative Goodwill Social work Centre Madurai,India
  • 2. Acknowledgements
    • We gratefully acknowledge the financial support extended to the projects by the following funding organisations
    • International Development Research Centre,Canada
    • DuPont South Asia Limited,Madurai,India
    • Art Venture,Singapore
    • Nature's Voice-Our Choice,USA
  • 3. A Rights based programming to promote and protect child health
    • Article: 6- Right to life,
    • Article: 12- Right to express views,
    • Article: 13- Freedom of expression, including freedom to seek, receive and impart information, Article: 15- Freedom of association, perhaps in relation to formation of environmental groups,
    • Article: 16- Privacy,
    • Article: 17- Access to information including national and international sources, especially material aimed at
    • promotion of the child’s physical and mental health,
    • Article: 24- Right of the child to the enjoyment of highest attainable standard of health
    • Article: 27- Right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child’s development,
    • Article: 28 – Education,
    • Article:29- Education
    • Article: 31- Right of the child to rest and leisure and to engage in play and recreational activities.
  • 4. Objectives of the project
      • To inculcate knowledge in rural children the ecological traditions of the local community
      • To create participatory training for children to learn about the principles of children’s rights in the environment, explore their environmental rights and identify their environmental needs and issues.
      • To promote children’s access to environmental media to arouse natural curiosity
      • To prepare children to share environment information with others on a child-to-child and child-to-community basis.
  • 5. PROGRAMME COMPONENTS ENVIRONMENT EDUCATON PARTICIPATORY TRAINING FIELD STUDY & EXPOSURE VISITS MEDIA INTERVENTION
  • 6. Activities at a glance
    • Bio-diversity conservation contest for children
    • Animal welfare education and communication
    • Nursery raising and Tree planting
    • Formation of Eco-media clubs
    • Green Rallies
    • Poster Exhibitions
    • Environmental rights awareness contests
    • Learn of the environment
    • Inter-village children's sports meets
    • Free health & medical care for children and their families
  • 7. Our beneficiaries
    • Phase I {1994-1996}
    • 300 Children(158 males & 142 females) in the 8-16 age group in TEN villages in Kamarajar District,Tamilnadu, India
    • Phase II{1996-1998)‏
    • 157 male and female children in the 8-16 age group at Therkutheru Villages, Madurai district,Tamilnadu,India
  • 8. Methodolgy
    • Project at each phase is designed as an intervention-oriented research within the framewok of quasi-experimental
    • Level of knowledge among children is assessed using pre and post evaluation instruments
    • Child self assessment on UN Convention on the rights of the child
    • Data are collected through a specially designed questionnaire administered to children
    • Data analysis through quantitative and qualitative techniques
    • Reporting and documentation
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  • 10. Phase III Children's rights through artwork project {2006 to present} Promoting environmental health through children's rights education, art painting & folk arts
  • 11. GOODWILL's Children win at the World Water Day International Poster contests 2008 & 2009 on the theme “What water means in my life” & “Water and Culture” organised by Nature's Voice-Our Choice,USA Slide 12:Children at artwork Slide 13:International winners' posters Slide 14.International poster contest winners
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  • 16. Outcomes
    • An increasing awareness about the siginificance of protected environment and effects of environmental degradation was pronounced
    • A significance difference in the level of knowledge about enviroment 'before' and 'after' our intervention
    • All children have had equal opportunities to involve themselves in environmental action programmes
    • Health(hygiene) behaviours of children were promoted
  • 17. contd....
      • Children are empowered with information on their rights
      • They acquire skills in arts and learn to combine arts with the study on their rights
      • Children get inspired to discover their unique talents through a variety of hands-on workshops