One Planet Academy launched
The WWF-India, in partnership with Capgemini, has launched One Planet Academy (OPA), an environment education portal for students and teachers in India. The website is designed to be a one-stop destination for educational information and interactive and engaging content on the environment and sustainable practices. It encourages schools to adopt green practices, offers project and activity ideas for the teachers, along with online training courses, and houses games, comics, interactive maps etc, for the students.
The website will also provide short-term online training courses for teachers. For students, the OPA is a fun virtual library, with informative e-books and stories, interactive games, films and competitions, which will help in deepening a sense of environmental consciousness. WWF- India will also conduct workshops including nature trails and lectures and talks on environmental issues and sustainable practices by experts at WWF-India as a part of this initiative.
While environment education forms an integral part of the school syllabi, there exists a gap in the education system and the populace in the realm of education for the environment and sustainability. The OPA, launched as a middle school programme in its first phase, will address these issues and make it a more hands-on and action oriented experience, inspiring children to think about issues around them and make responsible choices in their daily lives.
WWF-India works with school in more than 20 States across the country through initiatives like Nature Clubs of India, Wild Wisdom Quiz and Education for Sustainable Development that aims to promote approaches that connect life with learning, and inspire critical thinking.
For more information, log onto: http://www.wwfindia.org/about_wwf/enablers/ee/
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