Educating youth on wetlands is essential to increase public awareness and initiate conservation action.
With the ambition of reaching out to the school community across the country, Wetlands Division at the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has initiated an awareness drive on wetlands under the Bharat ka Amrut Mahotsava. The festival was launched to mark 75 years of Indian independence by valuing its culture and ecological wealth.
Wetlands International South Asia has been actively engaging with schools as a knowledge partner and supporting teachers with online resources on wetlands. Over 2,000 students have been educated on wetlands, their importance and need for conservation through interactive online sessions.
A training workshop for teachers on wetlands conservation was organized on 15th April 2021 in collaboration with the Wetland Authority of Delhi. The objective of the training was to equip teachers with ideas, activities and knowledge to introduce wetlands in classroom discussions. The online training was attended by over 750 participants from schools across Delhi. Dr Ritesh Kumar, Director, Wetlands International South Asia introduced the participants to wetland concepts, connections and interlinkages to facilitate learning and action in the classroom. Ms Namita Sharma, Technical Officer (Communications and Capacity Development), Wetlands International South Asia, presented supporting concepts and ideas around wetlands to aid teachers in mainstreaming wetland education in the school syllabus. A series of activities on wetlands have been planned by schools to take this mission forward in the coming weeks.