Mohali, Sep 11: Punjab has become the first state to get monetary assistance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for strengthening environmental education in all schools of the state.
Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Vice-Chairman Ranjit Singh Bajwa while addressing the PSEB's two-day workshop on ''strengthening of environment education in Punjab'' here yesterday said many states had submitted their proposals to the Union Government for getting this project but only Punjab has been selected.
Mr Bajwa stated that the grant has been provided to the Board for educating the teachers on environment education through publication of hand books.
''Environment education is a new subject which has been recently introduced in all the classes in schools of the state under the directions of the Supreme Court. Being a relatively new subject, teachers are finding it difficult to teach. Under this project a handbook would be published for teachers to simplify the teaching of environmental education subject and introduce new teaching skills and methodology,'' he said in the workshop, which was attended by educationists from all over the state.
He said by propagation of environment education, the state would not only achieve sustainable development but also improve the general environment in the state as well as lives of common people.