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Experiential Learning at Pench


As part of the project Climate EduXchange phase IV a study tour was organized for Project schools from Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore at the Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. A total of 52 participants including 41 students, 6 teachers, 3 TERI coordinators and 2 DELL employees attended the three day study tour scheduled from 23rd January 2013 to 26th January 2013. The purpose of this study tour was not only to get the participants close to the wilderness areas but also allowing them to understand the crux of Biodiversity and Conservation through expert sessions.

Pench Tiger Reserve, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench river which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park. Pench is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh close to Nagpur city. A total of 758 Sq. kms it mostly consists of tropical dry deciduous Teak forest. Pench has a fragile ecosystem that supports a variety of wildlife including the Wild boar, Sambar Deer, Leopard and the 'Mighty Tiger'. The old indigenous tribes of Baiga's and Gond's have established themselves around the Park Boundary and are engaged in traditional farming and other occupations like pottery, weaving baskets, bamboo crafts etc. The popular fictional works of Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book also have their stories set around this region.

During the three day study tour, the participants had one on one interaction with the local Gond Tribals and learnt about their traditional knowledge and sustainability. They also observed Leopards and Tigers in their natural surroundings during the Jungle safari and understood concepts like apex predators, umbrella species, web of life etc. Last but not the least they visited Sir Robert Swan's E-Base and attended a workshop on renewable energy applications facilitated by experts from Vigyan Ashram, Pabal.

Local Field Trips

 

Local field trips were conducted in the following cities:

Bhopal

Educational Excursion to Bhopal:
Educational excursions provide a platform for learners to experience the concepts and issues learned inside the classroom directly in actual context and natural settings. They help strengthen awareness along with personal and social growth of learners.

Keeping this in consideration, TERI in association with ITIHAAS, New Delhi organized an educational excursion for students and teachers of different schools of Chandigarh/Mohali and Delhi/Gurgaon to Bhopal from 9-12 April 2013 as part of Climate EduXchange India programme. 18 students and 4 teachers from 9 different schools from the above mentioned regions participated in this excursion.

Delhi

Trip Mehrauli Archaeological Park:
A field trip for students and teachers from Delhi was organized to the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, popularly known as Jamali Kamali, on February 28th, 2013. A total of four teachers and forty students were part of the trip.

The group started from the entrance of the Park and explored the history of the ruins from early medieval times to the 19th century. The main attraction of the walk included the mosque and tomb of Jamali, a step well and the residence of a British official. The entire walk was an enriching experience as was evident from the excited faces of the students who seemed eager to know all about the historical background of the various structures. Without visiting this place, one can never fully understand the grandeur and richness of our past. The memories of this fantastic historical place will remain in every student's mind and soul. The trip was truly informative and fun-filled.

Hyderabad

Trip to Golconda Fort:
A field trip for the students and teachers from Hyderabad was organized on 11th December, 2012. A total of 40 students and 5 teachers attended the field trip.

The trip started with the detailed map of the fort showing the different entrances, followed by which students were explained the chronological order of the Monarchy and the dynastic rule.

This was followed by briefing about the change in lifestyle around the building. The palace once which was known for its pride became a tourist spot and is also a source of income for the people. Increasing commercialization has also led to deterioration of the structure.

Students were also taken to a herbal garden within the fort.

Bangalore

Learning at REVA Electric Vehicles
The students and teachers of the project schools and marginalised schools in Bangalore were taken to REVA Electric Vehicles Ltd. The students and teachers were exposed to various environment aspects. The students were aware about the on-site facilities like Rainwater harvesting with a drip irrigation system, on-site solar PVs, charging facilities for testing and street lighting, sewage treatment plant. They were made aware of various aspects related to the green building. The field trip was organized on 6th December, 2012 with over 60 students and teachers.

Chennai

Visiting Grundfos
A field trip for over 55 students and teachers was organized on 8th January 2013 in Chennai. Students and teachers learnt about the aspects of a Green Building. The tour around the facility helped the students gain knowledge on the green aspects of the building, water conservation, Sewage treatment plant and honey comb structure of the building and its importance in maintaining the temperature of the building. The session conducted also helped the students to gain awareness on were the concept of global warming and also the importance of water conservation.

Pune

Learning at Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
A total of 35 students and 8 teachers from Pune along with 5 DELL employees attended the study tour. They were joined by Mr. Siddharth Edake- TERI coordinator and Mr. Devdutt Mulay- Biodiversity Expert. Students were told about the flora and fauna of the region and were explained about the regional biodiversity. The participants were explained the importance and role of these tiny creatures for smooth functioning of an ecosystem. Grasslands birds like Sandgrouse, Patridges and Quails were spotted with great difficulty as these birds are masters of camouflage and get merged with the colour of the grass and the soil. The students were taken to the landfill site at Urali-Devachi near Pune. The idea was to show them where all the waste from Pune lands up and understand the intensity of the problem.

Chandigarh

Exposure Visit to Mirzapur Check Dam
An exposure visit was organised for students and teachers of marginalised and other project schools of Chandigarh and Mohali on 20 December 2012. A group of 45 students and 7 teachers from 6 schools visited Mirzapur Check Dam, lying to the north-west of Chandigarh in the Shivalik foothills. The group learned about migratory birds as they walk on a nature trail around the dam under the guidance of Mr Vikramjit Singh, a wildlife journalist. Few migratory birds were spotted on the site. The impact of waste created by us and changing lifestyle of people on birds and natural environment was also discussed during the visit. Students and teachers also joined hands in cleaning the area. Three employees from DELL Mohali site office also joined the group during this visit.