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Archives – Service Learning (2015-16)

Social responsibility is a commitment every citizen needs to make towards society; the individual ethics and values involved need to be inculcated in young minds during their schooling years.

With this as the primary goal, Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam is introducing an Environmental Awareness programme in association with the Environmentalist Foundation of India. The focus will be on the ‘Natural Habitats and Wildlife of Chennai’. The programme will consist of activity based sessions which will concentrate on real time environmental issues – the significance of natural habitats and their dependent wild life. Students of classes VI, VII, VIII, IX and XI are involved in this programme.

Students of classes X and XII are a part of the Interact Club, Rotary’s international service club for young people aged 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. The Hari Shree Vidyalayam Interact Club is supported by the Rotaract Club of Madras Temple City.

Through the service learning initiatives in school, we aim to help students develop an in depth understanding of the problems, strategize and come up with solutions, within a carefully structured framework of theoretical learning and practical experience. We are confident this experience will enable students to emerge as ‘change makers’.

Children will also sensitize the public to these issues and try to make a difference by creating awareness and in the process, being part of a social movement. With this large canvas before us, we are trying to create a student community who think beyond the ‘I’ and ‘We’ and move towards ‘Our’.

Implementation

Classes VI and VII will involve themselves in a research effort to come up with critical information on Chennai’s fresh water habitats, hill ranges, marsh lands and reserve forest areas. The project will involve 2 to 3 field visits, followed by extensive data research and documentation.

For weekly updates on the sessions, please visit the link below:

Classes VI and VII – Researching Chennai’s Fresh Water Habitats

Classes VIII, IX and XI will adopt and work towards the eco restoration of the Pattinapakkam beach stretch – a 1.4 km long stretch from the ‘Battle of Adyar’ island to the Pattinapakkam bus terminus. The project is an effort to sensitize the local community about the ecologically sensitive beach stretch and it will be implemented across multiple levels.

For weekly updates on the sessions, please visit the link below:

Classes VIII, IX and XI – Eco restoration of the Pattinapakkam Beach Stretch

For details on the Interact Club activities, please visit the link below:

Classes X and XII – Interact Club activities for 2015-16

All these programmes are implemented during SUPW classes held on Fridays between 2.30 and 3.30 pm

For more information about the facilitators of the EFI programme, please visit the following websites: 

Facilitator Website: http://www.efivolunteer.com/ and http://www.indiaenvironment.org/

Trainer Profile: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arun_Krishnamurthy

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