Volume No. 9 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 271-283 July-September 2014

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICES IN SCHOOLS

 

Unnikrishnan Seema*, Singh Anju, Sawant Bhagyashree and Naik Neelima

Centre for Environmental Studies,National Institute of Industrial Engineering, NITIE, Mumbai, Maharashtra (INDIA)

 

Received on : November 10, 2013

 

ABSTRACT

 

The focus of this paper is to study the initiatives taken by the schools with regard to the environmental education and various environmental practices in schools. The environmental initiatives in the Kendriya Vidyalaya chain of schools have been covered as a case study. 28 Post Graduate Teachers (PGT) from the selected 28 schools were interviewed using a questionnaire and their answers have been tabulated and interpreted in two tables, one on existing environmental practices and the other on proposed environmental practices. The best environmental practices seen in schools across the world have also been tabulated. The main results/benefits for the schools seen from the survey are saving of energy and cost. Other benefits such as use of natural manure without much cost, recycling of waste, recycling of water and reduction in pollution were mentioned by the participating teachers. Recommendations have been given to improve environmental management practices in schools. The best practices in schools across the world have been used for benchmarking. To conclude the role of education and training in raising environmental consciousness is crucial, it imbibes the values and beliefs necessary for developing a sense of social and moral responsibility in students towards environmental protection

 

Keywords : Environmental education, Environmental education initiatives, Environmental practices, Environmental management system, Waste management

 

 

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