I, Sonia Kapoor, was one of the 23 participants of the Skillshare organised by Climate Reality Australia this May.
I teach Social Science to Grade 9 and 10 students and am the head of Environment programs in Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. I have been an educator for 24 years, and have strived to instill in my students the values of conservation, stewardship and sustainability – the same values that I grew up with.
The Skillshare successfully brought together like minded people who in their regions were encouraging and instilling compassionate and sustainable ways of living to make the world a better place. For me it was recognition of years of effort put in to environmental education by those involved. It appreciated and applauded the otherwise not often acknowledged work in sustainability at the grass-roots level.
The interaction with Climate Leaders and environmental educators from Australia, Indonesia and India was very informative and inspiring. I feel enriched as an environmental educator by my new knowledge of the innovative teaching methodologies and sustainability programs taken up by Australian schools. My resource bank for environment education has immensely benefitted by this network of environmentalists brought together by Climate Reality Australia, India and Indonesia.
Teachers who participated in the 2-week Skillshare have taken back with them the zeal and enthusiasm to disseminate the knowledge of climate change related issues to their students and empower them to find solutions. They understand the need to seek involvement from parents and the community in their endeavors…..because we all care for the future and well-being.
Back home now it’s time for action. The summer break is still on, and I am using my time to work on a module of the Environment Education Resource book that Indian Skillshare participants propose to put together. This is going to provide an easily available structured lesson plan to impart knowledge - with facts, figures, interesting information and accessible activities.
I plan to start peer-to-peer environmental education in my school in July to speed up the task of creating environmental awareness among students. I am working with students of my school’s Environment Club to put together presentations on land, air, water and energy. They will run peer-to-peer training once school starts again in July.
There is a lot to do – I am ready for the leap forward!