GCS Marine - Project 1600 Lauch event on 9th July, 2013

CEE launched a new project Global Citizenship for Sustainability (GCS) Marine – Project 1600, on 9th of July 2013 a joint initiative by CEE India and CEE Australia. The main objective of this project is to have a coastal and marine education program with special emphasis on sustainability issues in coastal schools along the coastline of Gujarat and coastline of Queensland, Australia. The project aims to develop a web based interactive exchange between school students of both the countries, thus facilitating learning. The project is supported by Adani group of industries.

This project was launched by the Australian Consulate General to India Mr. Steve Waters in presence senior officers from Government of Gujarat, UNESCO and other distinguished guests and scientists. The launch event also hosted an exhibition on coastal and marine biodiversity of the Indian Coast. Many experts both national and international spoke at the event which was attended by teachers, students, senior government officials, port officers and senior staff of Adani foundation.

Teacher Training Workshop – 8th to 10th of July 2013
Venue : Seminar Rooms 1, 2, 3 CEE campus, Ahmedabad

A teacher training workshop was organized on 8th 9th and 10th of July 2013 to introduce the teachers of participating schools on the theme and working of the GCS Marine – Project 1600. The teacher training workshop was also organized with the launch event so the teachers can also be part of it and understand the seriousness as well as importance of the Project and be proud of being associated with it. This will also ensure their long term interest in the project.

A total of 17 teachers of 9 schools along the coastline of Gujarat participated in this teacher training workshop.

Teachers were introduced to the concept of Project Based Learning (PBL), as well as Environment Education and Education for Sustainable Development – their similarities and differences. Lectures on basics of oceanography and coastal and marine ecosystems their importance and threats were also conducted for the teachers.

Dr. Deepak Apte from BNHS gave a talk on Marine life of India – Status, Issues and Concerns to the teachers and Dr. Ram Boojh Yadav from UNESCO talked about United Nations – Decade for Education for Sustainable Development with special emphasis on issues and concerns in the context of marine and coastal education.

The workshop ended with the teachers broadly deciding on the projects they can undertake and brief action plans.