On the auspicious day of World Environment Day, the BNHS is happy to launch “Green Guide for Teachers”- a ready reference for all environmental educators. This book is a revised version of ‘Green Kit” which was developed in 2002. The book is available in English and Marathi for free distribution among secondary school teachers all over Maharashtra.
The book has been financially supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (English version) and MMR Environment Improvement Society (Marathi version). The book will be launched by Smt. Usha Thorat, Vice President, BNHS on 5 June 2011 at 6.00 p.m. at BNHS Conservation Education Centre, Goregaon.
About the Book
The Green Guide has been designed as a resource manual for environmental educators from formal as well as non-formal sectors and keeping in mind the need of interactive learning for students.
The guide is an excellent compilation of interesting facts and concepts from the field of wildlife and environment. It aims to enhance the classroom experience wherein the educators could use the information from the guide as brain teasers and make their teaching more effective.
Also to ensure that student projects are carried out in a systematic manner. It especially equips every educator with authentic and updated knowledge on natural history and environment, which is vital for environment education. It serves as singular, comprehensive resource on environmental education, thereby shifting the emphasis from referencing and compiling notes to actual learning and teaching by teachers.
The language of the guide is simple and the supporting illustrations and photographs make it interesting to read. The information has been compiled from various sources which includes BNHS publications, course material and various websites both national and international that provide information on environmental issues. The list is provided at the end of the guide.
• Number of Chapters: Seven
• Chapter Contents:
- Did You Know (includes 226 facts)
- National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries (includes 12 popular national parks and sanctuaries with list 613 protected areas of India)
- Threatened Flora and Fauna (includes 44 species)
- Trade in Wildlife (includes 198 facts)
- Environmental Issues (includes 16 issues)
- Green Projects (includes 22 projects)
- Green Deeds (109 facts and eco-calendar)
• Number of pages: 160
• Printing: Four colour, paperback binding.
How to use the book?
The facts and information on natural history in the ‘Did You Know?’ section may be incorporated into any lesson to generate instant interest. The sections on ‘Threatened Wildlife’ and ‘Trade in Wildlife’ clearly describe our natural treasures and why they are in danger and furthermore, where they can be found is discussed in the ‘National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries’ section. ‘Environmental Issues’ brings to light the hazards faced by mother nature and ‘Green Deeds’ illuminates the path to curbing these by small actions that can be taken in everyday life. This would fulfill the objectives of environment education and help teachers to bring about the much desired attitudinal and action changes among the students.
Another aim of this guide is to make the differentiation between activities and projects and promote the project method as hands-on learning tool. The guide contains projects that can also benefit nature clubs within the school with its clearly outlined and easily executable projects from the ‘Green Projects’ section. The information and projects are suitable for all age groups and should be adapted to suit the needs of the educator. Along with this guide, it is essential to use current articles, videos and books to broaden the scope of the subject and stimulate discussion.