Awareness programme for school children , Batticaloa, Sri Lanka © Darshani Wijesinghe
The Batticaloa District on the eastern shore of Sri Lanka has been severely affected by a three-decade long civil unrest as well as repeated natural disasters. Many children are orphans with poor living standards and limited opportunities for knowledge outside the classroom.
Rapid development in the area, dependence on coastal resources and a lack of knowledge are placing heavy pressures on coastal ecosystems in the area. Creating awareness about the need for sustainable use of this environment and highlighting the threats facing ecosystems in the area has become imperative.
It is doubly essential to ensure that the next generation — young teenagers and children — are made aware of these issues.
Unlike adults, children and young teenagers are impressionable, extremely receptive to new ideas and they are excellent ambassadors of conservation education.It is vital that school children are taught to integrate conservation into their subconscious thinking, so that all their actions reflect measures for reducing the impacts of human actions.
50 students from Sri Maman Geswarwar Vidyalaya in Batticaloa.
Awareness programme on climate change
Several display boards with environment related messages
Children can be used to convey the message of conservation to their parents and other elders of the community to effect changes in attitudes and behavior of adults.
1st May 2011 to 30th Apr 2012
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