Creating Caretakers of the Earth

The issue that I want to study is how to help students be more aware of thier impact on the world.  I believe that for each student this starts with their personal actions and moves out to family, school, community and global actions.  I want to help my students feel a sense of empowerment to effect change. 

The Setting:

The school that I have chosen for this GOMI project is situated in a small town in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is a school which has accepted 900 tribal children who have come from very remote villages as part of the government order. The school is obligated to provide them with food, shelter, clothing and education. The background of these children is such that, their parents work in fields, some families live on the edge of the forest, there is no history of education in these families. These children are the first-generation school going children in their families. All of them constitute the BPL [below poverty line] group and hence are eligible for governmental support through schools which are willing to support. The living conditions of many of these children is such that there is little access to a liberal supply of water and electricity.

Annapurna Chintaluri 

Educational Consultant and Educator
India

My Inquiry Question:

 How to improve my ability and understanding of working with students to enable them to develop environment consciousness and to motivate them to take  concrete actions at the family, school, and community level.​​

One of the ways I plan to do this is to engage my students as participants in a global project supported by the International And Educational Resource Network (iEARN). The project, GOMI (Trash) on Earth,  was started by Yoko Takagi when she read a report of a simply machine that could transform plastic waste into usable fuel.  

I am GOMI.

People say it is Garbage/Trash in English.

This project is about a long journey of GOMI on EARTH.
Cycles of Action Research
I chose to use an action research approach as I want to learn more and I want to make that learning avaiable to others who might be engaging in a similiar type of project or effort in the iEARN network.  I think that this process of systematic inquiry will help me learn how to be more effective in my work and I look forward to learning more.  
Cycle 1: Personal Hygiene
Learning to strategies to care for oneself as a first step towards caring for the environment 
Cycle 2: Waste Disposal and Composing: Learning to take personal responsibility for the things we use, the garbage we create. 
Cycle 3: We explored  Student Leaders as a way to motivate more active participation and ownership by students.  
Personal Hygiene 
Waste and Composting
Student Leadership