ASAY

Anaadi Sustainability Awareness for the Young

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ASAY is a project done under the "UN Partnership for SDGs" initiative. The aim of ASAY is to educate school and college students on the importance of responsible consumption through an immersive and experiential content. The program will be a blend of lectures, discussions and hands-on group activities.


Objectives

The ASAY program will be delivered in the form of a workshop at various educational institutions. The workshop will blend lecture sessions, discussions, video screening and hands-on QA activity. The key objectives of the workshop are

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  • To expose children to the impact of consumption on the environment
  • To inform and education the harmful impacts of over-consumption
  • To jointly explore the individual consumption along various dimensions: Food, Energy etc
  • Work on real-world consumption problems through simulated learning
  • Explore and evolve relevant solutions to identified problems.

Program Format

Lecture Sessions and Discussions:

Very few children in the Indian schools are exposed to the Sustainable Development Goals. The lecture sessions will aim at giving the children an overall exposure to the SDGs and specific orientation to Goal 12 : Sustainable Consumption and Production. The sessions will be interactive in nature giving room for a lot of questions and answers. The sessions will also expose the children to consumption related issues in India and will highlight key aspects of consumption in their lives. This will help them to map their individual consumption patterns to the local and global contexts.

Hands-On Activity

Unless and until Sustainability, especially in the context of consumption, is part of the regular curriculum, students may find it difficult to envision the full chain of events that happen from production to consumption to impacting the environment. The key aspect of the ASAY program will be to deconstruct the consumption problems to specific issues that students can relate to. These identified problems will be deconstructed further to identify specific causes and consequences. Management tools like cause-effect diagrams will be used to form a picture of the problem space. This will also help the children shortlist very specific issues. Once the problem space is strengthened, the participants will be guided to explore the solution space and propose SMART solutions which they can implement in their spheres of influence (home, locality, school etc).

The participants will also be guided and encouraged to draw up a timeline of solution implementations. ASAY program will make available a communication channel (emails or online documents) for participants to share their implementation challenges and success stories from time to time.

The capacity building of volunteers who handle the program will be done internally at Anaadi Foundation. The outcomes from the program in the form of charts, diagrams, and participant reports will be documented and selected will be showcased on the website. The participants will be able to share their implementation challenges through emails or shared documents which will be available for other participants to view.



Project Coordinators

Prajna Cauvery

Dharanidhar

ASAY Impact

Jan 2017: 45 Children

June 2017: 120 Children

July 2017: 110 Children