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The GLOBE PROGRAM
The GLOBLE PROGRAM

1. Providing a common platform to interact with the students and teachers on environmental issues.

2. Helping a lot in spreading and disseminating environmental knowledge and concepts to large number of people.

3. Providing “Hands-on Environmental Experience” on environmental concepts to the students to carry out various measurements.

4. Motivating students to learn about scientific protocols by performing environmental learning activities, which are already introduced as theory in the greened textbooks.
International Globe Training Workshop
 
Organized by
Indian Environment Society
 
In Association with
Ministry Of Environment And Forests
and
Public Affair Section, American Embassy
 

 
Introduction
 

Indian Environmental Society, in association with Ministry of Environment and Forests, has organized International GLOBE Training Workshop at D. L. D. A. V Model School, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi during January 14 – 22, 2002.


The training workshop was supported by Public Affairs Section American Embassy, New Delhi. The presence of Mrs. Sushma Choudhary – Additional Secretary, MoEF; Justice R. N. Mittal – Chairman, D. L. D. A. V School; Dr. Marco Di Capua – Science Counsellor, American Embassy; Mrs. Adarsh Kohli – Principal, D. L. D. A. L Model School, Shalimar Bagh and Mr. R. Mehta – Director, MoEF has added more values to the workshop.


The team of four trainers from Globe Secretariat from Washington, D.C. USA, has conducted the training workshop.

Details of the GLOBE Trainers and the participants are attached in table 1.

 
Activities carried out during the workshop
 

The workshop was started with the Welcome Address by Mrs. Adarsh Kohli, Principal – D. L. D. A. V. Model School, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi on January 14, 2002. In her welcome speech, she welcomed the training team from GLOBE headquarters as well as all the participants from all over the country and around the world. Followed by the welcome address, Mr. Michael Hales – GLOBE, USA gave the Introduction about The GLOBE Training Program in India. He also gave a brief introduction about the GLOBE Program, its objectives, and its relevance especially in context with India.

 

While giving the introduction about the GLOBE Program, he discussed very briefly about the following:

  • Globe Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is a hands-on international environmental science and education programme.
  • Globe links students, teachers and the scientific research community in an effort to learn more about the environment through student data collection and observation.
  • The Globe Program fosters the creation of a worldwide research team, comprised of students and teachers in collaboration with environmental scientists for the purpose of generating knowledge about the earth as an interconnected system.

 U.S. Vice President Al Gore introduced the GLOBE programme in April 1994. Currently, more than 10,000 Globe Schools in over 96 countries around the world are participating in the programme.

Michael Hales also laid emphasis on the following objectives of the GLOBE Program:

  • GLOBE enhances the environmental awareness of individuals throughout the world.
  • GLOBE contributes to scientific understanding of the earth.
  • GLOBE helps all students reach higher levels of achievements in science and mathematics.

He told that the importance of the GLOBE Program is not to provide training to students but to provide hands-on exposure and first hand information to the students and teachers as well .


After the brief introduction about the GLOBE Program by Mr. Michael Hales, Dr. Marco Di Capua appreciated the efforts made by Indian Environmental Society for organizing the International GLOBE Training Workshop. He also extended his help, on behalf of American Embassy, needed for implementing the GLOBE Program in India and has promised to provide necessary guidance at the time of need.


Above words were succeeded by Justice R. N. Mittal – Chairman, D. L. D. A. V Model School, he reassured that the International GLOBE Training will have a great influence on the participants and they will try their level best to make this Program successful through out the country. He also reassured that being one of the GLOBE School, D. L. D. A. V Model School, Shalimar Bagh, would make every possible effort in becoming a role model for other schools of the country.


Ms. Sushma Chaudhary, Additional Secretary – MoEF, then preceded with her inspirational speech. She expressed her views about the GLOBE program. According to her; GLOBE will provide opportunity for students to gain a better understanding of the environmental challenges facing the planet and for gaining valuable scientific data that could not otherwise have been gathered. The GLOBE, she explained, would provide the flexible, holistic, and synergistic views. She said that The GLOBE Program would enhance students knowledge about environmental awareness, will contribute to scientific understanding of the earth and will also set goals for all students in reaching higher levels of achievements in science and mathematics. It would strengthen the interaction or partnership between students and researchers etc. and will also help in establishing strong network and linkage with peer groups all across the world. The GLOBE Program, she said, would endow the students all over the world with the global perspective. It would set high standards for excellence and would lead to a revolutionary movement in the field of environmental awareness. It would prove helpful to the students to discover their own capability, utilize or capitalize on that capability. She also made clear that the GLOBE Program would help in increasing the observation capability of the students. Lastly, she explained the connectivity of the environmental aspects with earth system in a larger frame and with productivity, food security, livelihood, and natural resources in a smaller frame. She also reassured to GLOBE Team that India will and must set an example for other country as well.


In the end, Mr. R. Mehta gave the vote of thanks. He accentuated the significance of the workshop to all the participants of the International GLOBE Training Workshop. It was brought to notice that the support provided by Ms. Sushma Chaudhary has proved of immense value for the project . He thus gave special thanks to Mrs. Sushma Choudhary and Dr. Marco Di Capua for taking keen interest and for providing their valuable help in making the GLOBE Program successful in India.


The workshop was focused on GLOBE’s “basic” Protocols and student inquiry for the first five days of the workshop January 14 – 18, 2002 followed by two days break. The following two days January 21-22, 2002 focussed on GLOBE’s “Advanced” protocols. Participants were encouraged to attend both the sessions (7 days). The workshop comprised of variety of interesting activities including plenary session in the group meeting room, computer tutorial sessions and hands–on measurements out-of-door. All the participants were divided in two groups during the training workshop. Schedule carried out during the one-week workshop has been attached in the table 2.


During workshop, following protocols of the GLOBE Program have been discussed in details:

  1. Atmosphere Protocol
  2. Hydrology Protocol
  3. Soil Protocol
  4. Land Cover/ Biology Protocol
  5. Phenology
 

The GLOBE team has provided training on all theabove mentioned basic and advanced protocols. Specific sites for conducting field experiments of all the protocols were identified near the school The participants were provided with the hands-on experience and has conducted theoretical as well as practical classes on the above said protocols.


In Atmosphere protocol, experiments like measuring cloud cover/type, maximum/minimum temperature, measuring atmospheric pressure, measuring precipitation, its pH etc. has been conducted.


In Hydrology protocol, experiments like water temperature, transparency, pH, Dissolved oxygen, conductivity, salinity etc has been conducted.


In soil protocol, participants have been exposed to a soil profile and have taken soil samples for conducting lab work. Experiments like soil temperature, soil moisture, soil pH, bulk density of the soil etc ahs also been conducted.


In Land cover Protocol, participants have observed quantitative as well as qualitative land cover.

 
 

The workshop was concluded on January 22, 2002. At the end of the session, group discussion was held among the trainers and the participants. In the group discussion, GLOBE implementation in schools, challenges and problems faced by the participating country and how to make GLOBE Program successful in the respective country has been discussed.

 
Beneficiaries of the Workshop
 

The beneficiaries of the workshop are the nodal officers from different states, officials from NCERT & SCERT, officials from other education department, officials from different govt. as well as non – governmental organizations, schoolteachers, students etc.

 
Resource Material
 

The educational kits comprised of Teachers Training Guide, 5 video-cassettes (one cassette of GLOBE Program, each describing Atmosphere protocol, Soil protocol, Hydrology protocol, Land cover and Remote sensing), some GLOBE Stickers, cloud chart etc were given to the participants of the GLOBE Training.Workshop by the GLOBE team. The society has also distributed bags and also the teacher’s manual (prepared by the society) to all the participants.


Other activities carried out during the workshop
  1. The students of D. L. D. A. V. Model School organized one day cultural programme for the entertainment of the GLOBE Participants. The programme was attended by the GLOBE Team, Mr. Mehta, Dr. Desh Bandhu and all the participants of the workshop. They all enjoyed the event and appreciated the efforts made by the students. D. L. D. A. V Model School later had hosted a dinner party for all the people who attended the cultural programme.


  2. To cherish the moments of the workshop, a group photograph of all the participants, GLOBE Training team and the invited guests had been taken and was distributed among them.


  3. To further enhance the event, American Embassy hosted a dinner party in which all the participants as well as GLOBE Team were invited.
 
Achievement of the Workshop
  • During the International Training Workshop, a training team from GLOBE Headquarter, Washington DC, has trained 70 participants from Thailand, Nepal and India.


  • The protocols – atmosphere, soil, hydrology and land cover biology were discussed in detail during the workshop. In the workshop, issues like implementation of the program, challenges, and strategies to be adopted to make the program successful in India etc. were discussed between the trainees and GLOBE trainers.


  • All the participants from all over the country and around the world have been awarded with the GLOBE Master Trainer Certificate. They are now capable of imparting further training in the respective regions.


  • Strong linkages have been established among the beneficiaries of the workshop.
After the international training workshop, three teachers’ training workshop has been conducted in Delhi, Shimla and Gwalior within the six months duration. Of all, around 60 schools have been trained.
 
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