Local Communities are Nature’s strongest allies, but they are often deprived of essential services like basic education. Therefore every conservation effort must start with community based education programmes.
Agenda 21, drawn up at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, states that: “Education, including formal education, public awareness and training should be recognized as a process by which human beings and societies can reach their fullest potential. Education is critical for promoting sustainable development and improving the capacity of the people to address environmental and development issues…Both formal and non-formal education are indispensable to changing people’s attitudes” (UNESCO, 1992). This highlights the importance of education as critical for achieving sustainable development but also emphasizes that both formal and non-formal aspects have to be included as part of the curriculum.
Our Community Education and Skill Development Programme’s overall goal is to utilize education as a means of integrating the principles of sustainable development with human values and perspectives in order to create a sustainable society.
Goals in Action
initiation of Prameya Pathshala
‘PRAMEYA PATHSHALA’ a community education and skill development centre at Tridipnagar, Jharkhali is running successfully with 70 students. This pathshala provides free tuition classes along with qualitative knowledge and practical skill development classes to children belonging to the communities that are most vulnerable from the effects of Climate Change. Our overall goal is to utilize education as a means of integrating the principles of sustainable development with humane values and perspectives in order to create a sustainable society.
Cognitive Ability Assessment at
Students of different ages and standards study in Prameya Pathshala. Although they attend a primary school, most of them are lacking basic abilities like identification of letters, numbers, words, objects, colours, shapes, etc. To ensure their all-round development we assessed their cognitive abilities through various tests. These assessments are a way to decide which areas they need help in and develop a specific curriculum relevant to each one of them.
Women's Health and Wellness Workshop
A workshop was held in the Prameya Pathshala premises on the health and sanitation issues of rural women. The members of our Prameya Mangrove Action Committee were the main participants while the discussion was facilitated by Mayuri Bhattacharjee who is a Gender Rights activist and a Climate Reality leader. The women were also given sarees, and health kits with Dettol and Boroline.
Mushroom Cultivation Training for Women
Women play a critical role in managing natural resources on both the family and community levels and are most affected by environmental degradation. Hence, no conservation effort can ever succeed without empowering the local women. Keeping this in mind, we have initiated a skill development and capacity building program for the women of Tridipnagar village in Jharkhali, Sundarbans. As its first project, a Mushroom training workshop was organized and held in the Prameya Pathshala premises. Experts from the Kalyani University's Adult Literacy department were present as trainers.
Initiation of 'pushti'
a child health & nutrition Programme
COVID 19 is already an educational crisis, to stop it from becoming a nutritional crisis for the children as well, we at Prameya Foundation have initiated "PUSHTI" - A Child Health and Nutrition Programme in collaboration with Echoes Project and Asha Covid Action Team.
This programme will ensure that the children studying in our Prameya Pathshala receive adequate nutrition in the form of mid day meals 4 times a week including a day of milk and biscuits for the next 10 months.
One cannot learn on an empty stomach, so before we resume our daily educational curriculum, "PUSHTI'' is the first step in ensuring that these children get adequate nutrition and access to continued learning.