On November 1st, 2021, Continuous Learning and Activity Portal (CLAP) is being launched by Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Honourable Minister of Jal Shakti. CLAP Portal is one of its first kind where a platform is being provided for connecting the children and youth to river restoration efforts, consistently engage and prompt them to act for our rivers. CLAP aims at creating an interesting and interactive platform to engage children in a fun filled way to impart more knowledge about our national river; making them aware of the contributions they could make towards the conservation of rivers; presenting them with a platform to present their perspective and discuss and debate more about rivers and environment; offering them a platform where they could get information about the conservation efforts and activities going on in their area where they could volunteer; and, honouring and motivating them by showcasing their efforts towards environment conservation.
Three years in a row, back when it started in 2019, Ganga Quest has made huge progress not just in terms of participation numbers and its spatial presence but also in terms of awareness amongst the participants. For the past two years, Ganga Quest dates have coincided with lockdown within the country. Ganga Quest 2021 running dates coincided with the peak of second wave of CoVID-19 in India. However, the enthusiasm shown and participation received has been commendable. The total participation in 2021 again crossed the magic figure of a million, with the total number reaching 11,01,379. The distribution of the participation was even more vast with Ganga Quest becoming truly international with 100+ countries across the world participating. In India, the district wise participation gave a truly delightful scenario where the remote district Khunti and Purbi Singhbhum of Jharkhand are among the Top 3 participating districts along with Central Delhi located in the metropolitan of Delhi. The bilingual and online nature of the quiz ensures that similar opportunities are being given to all parts of the country.
For better home management of Covid-19 infection, home care kits were distributed that included oximeter, thermometer, medicines, steamer, sanitizer, and 5 N95 masks. These home care kits have been distributed to 25 families in Gorakhpur of Uttar Pradesh, 50 families in Munsiyari of Uttarakhand; 12 families in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, and remaining in Madanpur Khadar of Delhi.
Tree Craze Foundation organized a webinar on Response of education system to CoVID 19 and need for an alternative education model, first in a series of three webinars curated to look at effectiveness of existing system and evolve a bold new paradigm.
With increased reliance of digital content, the alienation of children from their surrounding and nature has only increased. The webinar examined the conclusions drawn from the seminal works of Prof David Sobel, University of Antioch and Richard Louv, famous author of Last Child in woods.
A no of education administrators, principals, teachers, education innovators and NGOs participated and enriched the webinar. TCF plans to transform the environment education paradigm by making it mainstream and is evolving a model for the same.