Ajay Kumar

Organization

Teach For Green

Vision Statement

Project Details

The organization works towards providing Life skill training to students with sensitization towards environmental & climate issues at individual, household and community level. Despite leaps of modernization in technology, over 30% of rural households in India still live in darkness. On the other hand, there is a lack of individual personality development, activity based learning, and parent’s engagement in their child's development. All these factors discourage them from attending school on a regular basis and hence significant dropout happens. To fill this gap and tackle the problem Teach For Green is an initiative that provides essential learning, training and skill development in a child life. Skill development activities can help them to understand the importance of learning and finding solutions for grassroots problems which will be sustainable in the long run. A child spends the majority of his/her time in and out-of-school setting. The families in low-income groups lack the awareness, capacity, and capability to engage effectively in their child’s development. This can be attributed to low level of education and exposure of parents. Our hands-on activities are child-centric which helps them to think creative and innovative, towards participative learning which opens up their thoughts. It will contribute towards personality development as well as skill development which encourage them to be attentive in school, to enhance their performance in exams and also in co-curricular activities. Our focus is to enable them in discussing and solving community level environmental & waste management issues on their own and this will help in rebuilding the faith of parents and community on school learning system and will also empower them to contribute to their child’s development.

Focus area of project

Education and Skill building

Stage of your work in poverty eradication

Stabilised; looking to scale

Aims to eradicating poverty

We in Teach for Green have witnessed and believe in the practice that “our livelihood is intimacy; tied to the food we eat, water we drink and places where we recreate. That’s why we have to promote responsibility and conservation when it comes to our natural resources. As a child, I had very humble beginnings, like I had no privilege to study in the bulb light. I used to sit with a kerosene lamp, due to no electricity access and it was very difficult to study. As an innocent toddler, I wanted the Sun to shine in the night as well so that I can get little extra study time to read story books (as I was fond of reading stories). Near to my house there was a waste dumping ground and its smell was unbearable on some days. And when it rained, the whole area became a mess and a breeding ground for many diseases. These pressing issues kept on striking me to resolve such imbalance which I felt is a problem that needs to be fixed; which I realized as two different worlds: privileged one harnesses resources without any limit, whereas the other lives in dreadful scarcity. This seeded in me a determination to address the problem. I came up with a team of people who has the mindset of looking at this issue with the lens that bothers them as well. TFG team members have visited more than 300 villages in states like Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. We try to fix the problems with a scientific approach that comes with understand problems and technology. We work on various research papers like white paper and assignments related to green energy and environmental issues. During my SBI-Youth For India and India Fellowship Leadership Program journey, I myself had visited 100 villages of 10 districts of Bihar and UP, and saw that people are suffering tremendously due to the energy crisis. Two of my co-team members who were working on the education and environment, also shared the same vibes as I did. We saw environmental problems in different states like UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi and Rajasthan. During these years on the journey of exploring the root cause, we understood the nitty gritty of the problems which communities faced when it came to expanding the base in terms of renewable sources of energy. For past many years, there are organizations, both government and civil societies like TERI, CEE which are working on improving the education system on subjects and curriculum. There has been a significant increase in programs and research to spread awareness on green and clean environment, like promoting green energy products, sensitizing on climate change, waste management, sanitation issues, and pollution control.

Current impact of the project

We have reached 1200 students & 120 youths directly through our program in 20 districts in 11 states of India by providing hands-on & activity based awareness toward green energy. We have reduced 500 tons of CO2 in last eight months. We, through our interactions, have been able to unlock the creativity of rural children, allowing them to think for themselves and be confident to decide and do what they believe in. We have managed to spark curiosity among the community people to ask about the technical aspects that they are unable to grasp thus pushing them slowly to be at par with the national level. There also has been a sense of awareness towards importance of education and skill-development in rural community making them capable of bringing a positive change to their lives and lifestyles. Nothing gives us more satisfaction than looking at the jovial faces of rural children when they proudly declare that they are capable of assembling and designing solar lamps and other circuits or rural youths when they become capable of providing electricity to their houses and the adjoining houses through their knowledge and skills.

Proposed impact in future

We have reached 1200 students & 120 youths directly through our program by providing hands-on & activity based awareness toward green energy. We have reduced 500 tons of CO2 in last eight months. In the next two years, we are planning to reach 10,000 youths & students directly, and targeting 10,000 tons of carbon footprint reduction. In following five years, we want to create green energy initiator network which is replicating and help carbon emission reduction in every household level in India