Jal Jaagruktta: school education project on water implemented by TERI and supported by Delhi Jal Board

Schoolchildren have been learning a lot about water and how to conserve and protect it. They have probably also learnt about water by reading books and magazines, watching television, going on field visits, or just sitting next to a stream or a river and observing what happens. But many people do not know what they can do to conserve and protect water. Action is one way to learn about these issues.

With a view to achieving the above, TERI with support from DJB (Delhi Jal Board) has initiated a project called Jal Jaagruktta, a school education programme on water and related issues. School students team up with educators, experts, and community members to study water issues and take necessary action. The project relies on participatory learning and action techniques that involve the entire school community in critically assessing its environmental impact.




The objective of the project is to
- educate students, teachers, and communities about management of water resources;
- bring about an attitudinal change in the masses with respect to water, and by and large their environment;
- create an informed group of citizens to ensure a sustained movement.

The project targets students from classes five to eight from 30 schools in south and east Delhi. The specific issues to be addressed are water contamination, water conservation, purification systems, water quality monitoring and linking these to health. The activities undertaken are keeping in mind the grade level of students. Sensitization workshops will be held for students and teachers on water and related health issues. Students have begun working on summer projects on water resources. Water clubs will be set up in schools and members of the club will take initiative in generating awareness amongst their peers. Field visits to sewage and water treatment plants will be organized for students to get a first-hand feel of the treatment process. Students will participate in poster and cartoon-making competitions on water. From time to time, classroom activities will be conducted and demonstrations given on water quality monitoring.