Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
The CEE, Ahmedabad was set up in 1984 to develop and carry
out nation-wide environmental education programmes and
activities. Highlights of the activities of the Centre during the
year 1995-96 are as follows :
- An exhibition package consisting of a set of posters on
the theme of what individuals can do for the
environment, suported by a manual, has been brought out
in two versions; one with English text, and the other
with blank spaces left, where text in the language of
choice may be filled in. The South Asia Cooperative
Environmental Programme (SACEP) has distributed 150
sets of these posters in countries of South Asia.
- Joy of Learning, a handbook of environmental education
avtivities for teachers of standards 6-8 has been
- Under the NEEPS (National Environmental Education
Programme in Schools), activities such as training
teachers; equipping teachers with EE materials; drawing
up annual plan of activities for the cluster and school
levels; etc. were continued.
- A chart and a teachers booklet containing information
and activities on the issue of ozone depletion have
been develoed for the Ozone Cell, Ministry of
Environment and Forests, Government of India.
- Macmillan publishers have commissioned CEE to develop
Environmental Studies (Social Studies) text books for
standards III, IV and V, based on the NCERT curriculum.
These books will be available in 1996-97.
- CEE Modules for inclusion with the B.Ed. course are
being developed and tried in selected colleges of
Karnataka. These modules are being developed by the
faculty of the colleges, working with CEE.
- The adaption and translation of three CEE publications,
Joy of Learning, Approaches to Environmental Education
in Schools and Bird Observation Book into Assamese,
Khasi and Lusia were initiated during the year, with
support from Ministry of Human Resources Development.
- CEE has been commissioned by a Public Trust of Bombay
to bring out a book on the Fascination of the Oceans,
with special reference to the waters around India, for
the age group 14 to 16 years.
- Eco-clubs have been set up in four schools in Ahmedabad
involving students in greening, energy conservation and
garbage management projects.
- Four subject specific modules for college teachers have
been developed and tried during the year. These modules
are adapted from the Teachers, Guide of the World
Resources Institute, USA Modalities for publication and
distribution of these modules are being worked out with
major publishing houses.
- Work on a textbook for the compuslory course on
environment to be introduced by the UGC at under
graduate level, commissioned to CEE by the Consertium
of Educational Communication, is underway.
- CEE is working with Gargi College, Delhi, Indian
Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Centre for
Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, and
Bhavanaar University, Bhavanagar, to introduce EE
course or tailor-made EE modules within existing
- The planning for the Leh-Ladakh interpertive programme
- The first phase of the interretive pprogramme for
Bharatpur has been completed and installed.
- The Gujarat State Archaeological has commissioned CEE
to develop abd install signage for over 200 monuments
in Gujarat. The first phase of this interpretive
programme has been completed.
- The sixth course of Training in Environmental Education
(TEE), an eight month diploma course as been completed.
Commonwealth countries took part in this. The seventh
TEE commenced in November 1995, with 20 articipants (15
from India and form other Commonwealth developing
- Under TALEEM series, short-term training programmes on
`Environment and Development Concerns and Efforts;
`Environment Education for Children'; `Women and
Energy' were organised during the year for in-service
- Fortnightly packages of environmental news, features
articles, etc. were brought out under CEE-NFS, in
English and Hindi, and supplied to newspapers,
magazines, NGOs,etc. CEE-NFS also provided exclusive
articles to identified mainstream newspaper and
magazines to focus attention on secific environmental
- Various programmes for ecodevelopment, such as soil and
water conservation, fuelwood and fodder
plantations,introduction of efficient energy devices,
etc. are being continued in the villages around
Ranthambhore National Park and Hingolgaqdh Sanctuary.
- Work relating to awareness creation and education on
drinking water related issues were continued in 41
villages of Amreli district.
- About 1.5 lakh people visited Sundarvan Nature
Discovery Centre during the year.
- Over 1200 children, youth and adults attended
Sundervan's nature apppreciation camps at Beyt Dwarka
- CEE Northeast also organised several nature camps for
youth, tribals, villages, NGOs, students and teachers.
- Work on studying the information requirements of the
small-scale dyestuffs and chemical intermediate sectors
to become environmentally friendly, was continued.
- Through CEE South, 20 colleges are involved in
environmental quality monitoring of nine districts in
Karnataka, including monitoring of biomass, and soil.
- Through CEE North, a strategy and action plan has been
develoed for communication to support the Ganga Action
- CEE South continued to carry out programmes towards
better management of garbage in Bangalore City, which
will server as a basis for developing models for other
- A project involving college students to create
awareness about garbage related problems and solutions
has been initiated in identified areas of Ahmedabad.
- In collaboration with the Ahmedabad citizen's Trust and
supported by USAID/RHUDO, New Delhi during the pilot
phase, CEE has taken up a Research Vouchers programme
which seeks to build bridges between community groups
and research organizations to enable the former to
purchase professional services from the later to
support community based programmes in Ahmedabad. The
focus of the programme is on deprived urban communities
viz-a-vis the environmental-related stresses and
constraints they encounter in their economic and social
- Under the series `Environment and Sustainable
Development', two books titled `Sustainable Develoment
in Fragile Environments' by Dr. N.S. Jodha and
`Sustainable Technology : Making the Sardar Sarovar
Project Viable by Suhas Paranjape and K.J. Joy aimed
at decision makers and planners have been brought
out. Executive summaries of both books have been
- Sampark, the Hindi edition of the UNESCO-UNEP
newsletter `Connect' `continued to be brought out and
widely distributed among NGOs and others.
- The second two-month Intership in Environmental
Education organised under SASEANEE, was attented by
nine participants from South Asia as well as China,
Mongolia and Malaysia.
- Two issues of the SASEANEE newsletter have been brought
out during the year.
- A regional report prepared by CEE for SACEP on training
needs and oportunities in EE as well as an action plan
to meet these needs was discussed at a regional meeting
held at Ahmedabad in February 1996.
- CEE presented a status paper on Environmental Education
in Asia, at an inter-regional workshop on Reorienting
Environmental for Sustainable Development, organised by
- A seminar on Protected Areas of Gujarat was organised
in December 1995. The comprehensive action-
oriented recommendations emerging out of the seminar
are being followed up.
- The Northern Regional Cell of CEE was launched in
October 1995 through a seminar, `Education for a
Cleaner Ganga'. The Cell will concentrate on servicing
the EE needs related to National River Action Plan. A
communication strategy and action plan to support the
Ganga Action Plan has been developed by this Cell.
- A comprehensive slide presentation prepared by CEE on
India and Agenda 21, was used for India's presentation
at the third session of the Commission on sustainable
Development held at New York during 1995.
For further information, please contact :
Centre for Environment Education
Nehru Foundation for Development
AHMEDABAD - 380 054 INDIA
Phone # 91-79-442642, 442651
Fax # 91-79-6420242, 468201
E-Mail : email@example.com
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