The Uluru Coastal Environmental Education Center was set up by TEWFI soon after the 2004 Tsunami and plays an important role in creating awareness in young minds on the rich marine ecosystem prevalent in this region and also good waste management practices. The UCEEC is a unique initiative set up to educate and facilitate research on the local marine eco system. Its main goal is to create awareness of this unique eco estuarine environment amongst children and the wider community.UCEEC works to encourage green initiatives andshowcase renewable new technologies. Local clean up campaigns, as well as a rainwater harvesting project at UCH improves the quality of drinking water and reduces reliance on the well. An Uluru sewerage and waste water processing and treatment plant is about to be set in place. Environmentalists working in the area have made valuable contributions into building this into a resource and learning center in which a large number of specimens have been preserved. Children from local schools and the wider community visit and learn about all the species living in the estuary and the plant and animal life in the surrounding region. Children gain from hands on experience in kitchen gardening, recycling of waste and tree planting. The Centre conducts an outreach programme in local schools sharing information on the environment and in involving children in reusing waste to create products.
TEWFI has since assisted in the following ways
Provision of desks and fans for classrooms
Provision of a school kitchen
Construction of fencing around the school
Employment of one full-time teacher to assist the school to combat the problem of poor teacher attendance, with the aim of eventually employing more teachers
Computer classes for the children, computer training for teachers, and on-call support for technical problems with computers
Health, hygiene, and physical education initiatives developed by TEWFI social workers.
Regular after-school English tuition classes organised and monitored by TEWFI social workers, and run by TEWFI volunteers.
Construction of the school’s first toilet facilities, as previously children had no option but to relieve themselves in public in unsanitary conditions. In addition, as evidence of TEWFI’s long-term commitment, TEWFI also employs a local caretaker for these toilets to ensure that they are cleaned, monitored and maintained.
Environmental education classes, as part of the Coastal Environment Education Centre‘s activities
Provision of safe drinking water (in progress)
In addition to the local middle school at Alamparai, TEWFI has begun to assist at the local high school at Kadapakkam, in the following ways:
Construction of fencing around the school
Construction of the school’s first female toilet block
Developed and constructed in conjunction with Pitchandikulam Bio Resource Centre – Auroville, the Costal Environment Education center (CEEC) is based on the very successful programme implemented at Pitchandikulam Forests Resource Center in Aurovillr (http://www.pitchandikulam.org/) Built on Foundation land near Uluru Children’s Home (UCH), the CEEC is set in what will eventually became a model Coastal Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF) plantation. CEEC consists of an interpretation centre which will act a centre of excellence explain the dynamics of coastal ecosystems (sea, estuary,mangroves, sand dunes, freshwater and TEDF interface). Primarily a learning centre for local school groups and a means of tackling environmental concerns in the area , the cetnre will also be set up to promote sustainable farming and fishing techniques. Similar to the area, the center will also be set up to promote sustainable farming and fishing techniques. Similar to the environmental concerns in the area, the centre will also be set up to promote sustainable farming and fishing techniques. Similar to the environment education facility the team has set up at the nearby Nadukuppam Government High School (see http://www.pitchandikulamforest.org/cms/content/view/35/45/), theCentre will also focus on restoring the natural habitat of the area fromwhich the local community has much to benefit. A nursery will be established for the indigenous coastal plant species which will act as a training center for women in the community.
TEWFI organized summer camp for the community children on 18.05.2010 & 19.05.2010. More than 60 children participated in the camp. The importance of safeguarding the Environment was the main them of the camp. Activities such as painting, collecting leaves, bird watching, group discussions, etc were organized in order to impart them the knowledge on Environment. This programmer was organized with the help of our Environment Education teachers and the Volunteers.
Every week this workshop is begin organized at Uluru Costal Environment Education Center. Children from different communities are invited to participate in the workshops. In each workshop around 30 children participate. Environment issues such as Global Warming, Ozone depletion are being discussed with the children. The children are also taught about the marine species and safe guarding the marine species.
A workshop was organized for the Environment Education Teacher from Pitchadikulam Bio Resource Centre and the Staff at TEWFI at the Uluru Coastal Environment Education Center. Click this link First Training on Marine Education organized at UCEEC to know more about the workshop.
- Training for Green Teacher – every quarter (four times a year)
- Children’s Nature Camp / Summer Camp – during holidays and whenever possible.
- Research study on the Costal Estuarine Ecosystem (Kalivelli) – every month.
- Students / Teacher exchange programme.
- Outreach programme for surrounding coastal and inland village school students / eco club students through the centre.
- Environmental education and awareness programs for the surrounding villages.
- Coastal eco education for various groups like self-help groups, panchayat members, farmers, fisher folk, school headmasters, teacher and students.
- The centre can be used by marine and coastal eco system for visiting groups and other Environmental Resource and Research Centres.
- Network with pitchandikulam Bio Resource Centre – Auroville, Nadukuppam and other Environmental Resource and Research centers.
- Material preparation for headmasters and teachers from the schools of kadapakkam panchayat.
- Exchange program at the center for Nadukuppam, Pitchandikulam Bio Resource Centre – Auroville and Uluru school.
- The center will deliver environmental education aims for the UBS school’s education programme.
- Production of Environmental and coastal eco system education materials.
- GIS (Geographic information system) mapping of kadapakkam and other coastal villages with relevant information for the community.
Lectures series about one of the many components of environmental concerns.
Growing and harvesting our own vegetables.
Children work at keeping the garden area clean and ready it for planting.
Flowers and vegetables grow well in our environment. We help this process by planting seeds.
The children are so enthused about computer learning that they spend some of their free time on Saturday at the computer center.