In Bangladesh Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO is implementing the Green Youth Citizens project. In the project one of the goals is to introduce a best practice in local community by involving the youth and ESDO has introduced Green Club as the best practice to bring change in the community. ESDO is working with young citizens since 1995 through Environment and Conservation Nature Club (ECNC), that idea was elaborated into Green Club which w2
as formed in different educational institutions of Bangladesh with the aim to engage students actively in environmental movement.

To ensure the sustainability of this educational program ESDO created numerous Green Clubs at participating schools where students build alliances and advocate for environmental awareness amongst their peers. 15 Green Clubs now exist in Dhaka including 6 green clubs in Munshigonj, Rangpur and Natore districts.

Over 1000 members have interests in all aspects of the natural world, from birding to botanizing, investigation to publication, conservation to cooperation. We hope you’ll find something here to suit your interests.

Objectives of Green Club

  • To promote interest and knowledge about wildlife, forests and the   environment around us
  • To foster concern to protect the flora and fauna and undisturbed examples of the Bangladesh’s natural heritage
  • To increase awareness of the economic, cultural, scientific and aesthetic values of fauna and flora
  • To provide opportunities to acquire attitudes, values and skills needed to protect and improve the natural environment
  • To promote the appreciation, preservation, and conservation of Bangladeshi natural heritage3

To encourage investigation, publish the results of research in all fields of natural history, and diffuse the information as widely as possible.

  • To support and cooperate with organizations engaged in preserving, maintaining or restoring environments of high quality for living things
  • To interest of Green Club Members and the local citizens in the array of plants, animals and other natural resources in any lake areas and to promote their wise use and conservation.
  • To assist in the conservation and protection of scenic areas and wildlife havens to preserve the diverse biotic resources of lakes, rivers, forests, hills and surrounding areas.

Initiatives of ESDO

  • Develop knowledge and capacity of the school children on environmental issues with a view to develop second generation leaders for environmental conservation and protection
  • Develop general awareness about rights, services provided, service delivery mechanisms, activities of the various environmental protection and facilitative organizations
  • To encourage young people to take up conservation and related activities as a worthwhile and respectable career
  • Develop space and opportunities for the school children to play a critical role in the conservation and protection of environment

Outcomes
Youth in Action: Green Youth Citizens project aims to introduce a best practice in the partner countries and Environment and Social Development Organization has implemented the Green Club as the best practice. The inception workshop is a starting point for the project where young leaders are involved in environmental movement. ESDO has worked with young citizens for a long time and continuing that tradition it has restarted the Green Club initiative. After end of this one year project, there was also a marked difference in the attitudes of the parents and teachers. In the beginning, they attended the meeting because they were invited, but not too many were enthusiastic about their children being part of ECNC and many thought it was a waste of time. However, by the end they were happy about what their children achieved as individual learners and about ESDO’s commitment. Many parents were taking interest in what their children were learning, and helping them with their projects and presentations. As ESDO found the specific outcomes are:

  • Second generation leaders (400 in number) who are more aware and informed about envGreen Club Badda 001ironmental issues;
  • Target group (the 400 students) has been enhanced their knowledge on nature, environment, various environmental problems, ways and means to address them, etc.;
  • Now they are ( students) capable and confident to identify urgent and critical environmental problems;
  • Understanding and awareness about environmental conservation has increased in a significant manner amongst the students as well as in their parents and teachers;
  • 8 Green Clubs has formed at the 4 schools level to integrate the other students in the environmental movement (a pressure group for policy intervention, lobbying and awareness campaigning);

Now the school authority are being encouraged in adopting the course in their own curriculum;


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