A collaboration is on between local NGOs in Kachchh and Kalpavriksh to develop localized environmental education material for children in the district. The first meeting of Kalpavriksh with a group of NGOs was held in Jan 2013 at the initiative of Sahjeevan, in which Kalpavriksh was asked to help produce a storybook for children as well as a set of posters on the ecosystems of Kachchh. In 2014, Sahjeevan asked Kalpavriksh to help produce some more material for Kutch NavNirmanAbhiyan’s work in rural schools in Kachchh, which is supported by Reach to Teach.
The materials that have been produced so far have been the following:
Shero e Bachavyu Kutch
Young Shero lives in Kutch, a beautiful place in Gujarat, in the West of India. One day she sees some strange people near her home. What are they doing there? When she discovers their plans, she panics. She rallies together many other animals living in the grasslands, wetlands and desert of Kutch. What can they do to save their land, their homes?
This story is in Gujarati. It was written in English by Ashish Kothari and has been translated into Gujarati by Rupa Majmudar and illustrated by Anusha Menon
|KhaariKachchhniMusafriye: A simple story that introduces children to the different ecosystems in Kachchh. Written by Sujatha Padmanabhan, and Shruthi Ramakrishna of Khamir, the story has been translated into Gujarati by RekhaBhimani and illustrated by KalyaniGanapathy.|
|Seven posters have been developed: a set of five ecosystem posters on the Rann, Wetlands, Grasslands, Thorn Forests and Coast of Kachchh; one on Mammals of Kachchh and another on Birds of Kachchh. All these have been illustrated and designed by Sushama Durve.|
|Five games that help children get familiar with Kachchh’s wild flora and fauna include Dominoes, Who eats what, Find a pair, Spot it, and Fauna Bingo. Instructions for each of these are available in Gujarati.|
|A set of 34 reading cards have been developed which introduce children to the fascinating world of local plants and animals. Each card has very simple text on a particular species to enable children to read it, as well as an activity that children can do. A book has been prepared for teachers with information on the 34 species that figure in the children’s reading cards. This is to increase teacher’s knowledge of local wildlife, which would make these sessions more interesting.|
All the material has been field tested in various schools in the district.