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The Way Ahead for Environmental Education
EE is as complex and complicated as the term 'environment' itself. It cuts across many disciplines, sectors, realms, eco-systems and spheres. Because of this EE needs to be planned and implemented systematically for which some suggestions are given below:
- Distill best practices and lessons: A large number of innovative practices and lessons already exist in the region. They need to be identified and replicated in other countries of the region.
- Review and revise the existing curriculum: There is an urgency to review the existing curriculum in order to eliminate the dead woods and determine slots to incorporate environmental concerns.
- Reorient the pedagogical approach: There is an urgency to reorient out existing teaching methods from 'chalk to talk' and lecture methods to problem-solving methods, from activity and issue-based approach to field work and case studies, from didactic to advise-based approach, and from rote learning to attitudes and skills development and learning through participation and educational training.
- Encourage traditional non-media: Non-media (such as folklore, folk songs, story-telling, religious institutions, or traditional venue) should be involved to compliment the mass emdia to raise people's awareness about environment.
- Synergize various efforts: Develop a synergy of formal education, media and NGO for promotional activities.
- Establish resource centers: Resource centers need to be established to coordinate and support EE activities at various levels.
- Develop national policies: Encourage and motivate national governments to prepare acts, policies and national strategies on EE.
Source: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Environmental Education Project.