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Setting up and Running Environment Clubs
Setting up and Running Environment Clubs
Eco clubs in schools are a means by which students can be empowered to participate and take up meaningful environmental activities and projects. There are a forum through which students can reach out to influence and engage their parents and neighbourhood communities to promote sound environmental behaviour. The Eco Club also empowers students to explore environmental concepts and actions beyond the confines of a syllabi or curriculum. Environment education is dogged by a very fundamental contradiction. While everyone, everywhere, asserts the importance of ‘learning to live sustainably,’ environment remains a peripheral issue in the formal schooling system. It continues to be viewed more as an extracurricular activity and less as a subject holding a priority position in the national curriculum.

An Eco Clubs are usually set up by a teacher and a group of motivated students to learn about the environment and to take action to improve their immediate environment.

They also provide a wonderful opportunity to help generate awareness, build attitudes and enable students to take up activities in the real world, in a way that the constraints of the classroom and curriculum won’t allow.

It is mandatory for schools that register in this initiative to initiate an Eco Club.

Any motivated teacher from the school could become the coordinator for the Eco Club.

A guide to setting up and running Eco clubs is provided for download for the registered schools. The guide illustrates clearly how an Eco club can be initiated in the school, how many students should ideally be in the club and what kind of activities and projects can be undertaken by the club.

In short, this guide will help the Eco club coordinator in the schools to systematically and successfully run the club and reach out to the community. Schools can also attend the orientation training conducted by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi for the nominated Eco Club coordinators from the registered schools should they feel the need to learn more. You can look up the announcements for the training dates

Schools that committed to the initiative are expected to come up with an annual plan for their Club
Teachers who attend Eco Club training are given an Eco Club evaluation checklist that should be filled in by schools and sent for evaluation. Upon request this checklist could also be mailed to schools that did not attend the training but are registered schools under the initiative.
Schools should submit a short 3-5 page report on projects that have been taken up as a part of the Eco Club activities with evidence (can be in the form of photographs).

Once schools submit their Eco Club report, along with evidence, then the school will be evaluated by the Sustainable School assessment committee. The committee comprises educational and government and non-government authorities. Short-listed school will present their submissions – and will defend themselves on questions asked by the review committee. Short listed schools can expect a visit by members of the committee to visit the schools to review on the ground results if needed

Announcements
Eco Club Manual
Eco Club Photos