Tuesday, October 23, 2018

About Organization

TEACH FOR GREEN is a social enterprise which is working relentlessly to promote the importance of our surrounding environment through various activities in the field of training and skill development across India. It aims to create awareness about green energy, waste management, water conservation and more sustainable practices, with a Do-It-Yourself approach developing an entrepreneurship spirit in the process.

The environmental issues faced by our planet today can be tackled efficiently and effectively, only if individuals took ownership of their surrounding nature. We believe that to find a long term and sustainable solution to environmental problems, we need to think about environment intrinsically and be environmentally conscious.

Through experiential learning and inculcating entrepreneurship spirit, we aim to cultivate this ownership towards our environment. Young minds are susceptible towards new ideas and our Do-It-Yourself approach helps them to intrinsically understand and care for the environment. These young minds would act as initiators to spread their ethos and values about environment to others in their community. Further, they would pass these values onto the next generation, intrinsically developing environmental consciousness in the community which would be a step forward towards environmental sustainability.

The idea is to enlighten individuals about the practical applications of the theoretical knowledge that is available to them. The workshops we conduct span from green energy to organic farming. We aim to expand the scope of our workshops to cover all major aspects of environment.

  • “In India, 300 million people have no access to electricity. But if we consider the fact that about three-fourths of rural households connected to the grid have erratic and less than six hours of electricity supply, then about 700 million people in the country can be termed electricity-poor. Similarly, about 700 million Indians use biomass such as dung, agricultural waste and firewood as the primary energy resource for cooking.”

     –  Mini-Grids Electricity for all, A Centre For Science and Environment Report 2016
  • Power sector plays a vital role in the growth of Indian economy and it is growing at rapid pace. The total installed capacity has reached to 310 GW with generation mix of Thermal (69.4%), Hydro (13.9%), Renewable (14.8%) and Nuclear (1.9%).

     –  Annual Report, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy 2016-17
  • The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.

     –  GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP) 2018,  NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • India has an estimated renewable energy potential of about 900 GW from commercially exploitable sources viz. Wind – 102 GW (at 80 metre mast height); Small Hydro – 20 GW; Bioenergy – 25 GW; and 750 GW solar power, assuming 3% wasteland is made available.

     –  Annual Report, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy 2016-17

Our Programs

Rural Entrepreneurship Skill Development Program

Teach For Green, focuses on building the next generation that can adapt, understand & combat the energy & environment crisis. The fundamental idea is to involve students in the development of required skills and techniques while motivating them with a goal to develop solutions that aspire to solve the environmental challenges, both locally & on a global scale.

Green School Green Community program

Young minds learn the science behind climate change, how to conserve energy, clean energy technologies, environmental challenges (waste and water management) and in turn, develop curiosity and the urge to come up with probable solutions to address issues that exist today & might impact our tomorrow.

Kit to Kid Campaign

Erratic or absolutely no supply of electricity results in darkness in kids’ lives both literally and metaphorically. The kerosene lamps used by them are unable to serve the basic purposes and adds to the degradation of the environment.

A campaign designed by our team for the upliftment of underprivileged and rural children is underway. Through this initiative, a complete solar kit including a lamp, a fan, and the required lighting equipment will be provided to the children, along with all the necessary information and training for building, repairing, and maintaining the devices. This kit would suffice the energy requirements of the individual as well as that of the family.

The cost of the kit is INR 500/- only. For every donation you make, a rural child will get an opportunity to brighten their future.

Imagine a child studying in the night under the solar lamp. This is the picture we wish to paint through all the generous contributions made by you. Kindly donate and help us illuminate the path towards a brighter future for these children.

What We Do

Teach for Green is a social enterprise which is working relentlessly to promote the importance of Green Energy for a sustainable environment through various activities in the field of training and skill development across entire India.

In our innovation, we are not only talking about green energy through comprehensive and interactive modules but also doing circuit designing and associated activities using very simple components. We talk about every important thing and give every person a chance to learn by themselves, by designing their working model using recyclable materials. We provide them awareness about prospects of both conventional energy and green energy and enable them to choose the better one. Our organization is working relentlessly to promote the importance of Green Energy for a sustainable environment through various activities in the field of training and skill development across India. We have designed multiple programs, workshops, and modules for both rural and urban communities introducing them to different perspectives regarding Conventional Energy, Green Energy, Waste Management, Biogas, Vermin Compost by hands-on activities. At the end of the program, they have a working model that they can use in their household. When a person or kid develops something using their creativity and understanding, it builds confidence.  It also helps us reach out to more people and solve their problems.
Ajay Kumar
Founder & Director

Impact on COmmunity

Teach for Green was formed to provide direct & applicable solutions to the energy needs of rural and underprivileged sections of society utilizing the potential of renewable enrgy, at the same time, making them aware and self-sufficient by enriching their knowledge and skill-sets.

13
States
6.3 K
Students
540
Youths
4 K
Solar Model

Our History

Ajay Kumar is the Founder and Director of Teach For Green. For the last seven years, Ajay has been involved in research and has gained thorough knowledge in the concept of green energy. He worked on fabrication of solar thin films, different ways to produce bio algae fuel & environmental friendly uses of fly ashes. When he realized that there is a lag between research & field implementation in India, he decided to be a part of the SBI Youth for India fellowship program. He further realized the problems faced by rural communities due to non-availability of resources. It was at this time that he came up with the idea of designing affordable designs based on green energy like decentralized solar lighting system, solar mobile irrigation pump and improved Chula for cooking with the help of waste materials. He further went on to join India Fellow and worked in the research and innovation of solar smart grids just to realize that both rural and urban people still have not accepted and adapted to green energy solutions at a household level. This led to the conclusion that a medium was required to achieve this task and Teach For Green was established. Ajay’s aim is to reach every child of India and create awareness about green energy not only theoretically but also practically, and further let youth of the country lead this shift towards Green Energy.
The road so far
Teach for Green has conducted the Rural Entrepreneurship Skill Development Program and Green Energy Do-It-Yourself workshops in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Orissa till date. The growing response to these workshops has been immensely inspiring.
We, through our interactions, have been able to unlock the creative side in rural children, allowing them to think for themselves and be confident to decide and do what they believe in. We have managed to spark curiosity among the community people and they began asking about the technical aspects of green energy. A sense of awareness has been generated towards importance of education and skill-development in rural community making them capable of bringing a positive change to their lifestyles.
Nothing gives us more satisfaction than looking at the jovial face of a child when they proudly declare can assemble and designing solar lamps and other circuits or a youth when he can provide electricity to his house as well as to adjoining houses.

Our Vision

We envision a world where individuals and communities are environmentally conscious about their actions, practice sustainable living, driven by their own ethos and values.

Our Mission

We build a movement of community leaders to foster practices towards environment sustainability.

OBJECTIVE

  •  To design an integrated curriculum of green energy and its sustainability theories with practical skill development in the green technology context.
  • To build sensitizations toward the world’s energy crisis and climate change issues
  • To create a potential in young learners for new social innovations.
  • To provide a secondary source of energy to people (especially students) residing in areas experiencing unavailability of electricity or frequent power cuts
  • To promote environmental protection by means of promoting renewable energy technologies (wind, solar, biomass energy, etc.) and energy savings.
  • To study, organize, promote and enhance knowledge and understanding of the principle and practice of conservation of natural resources among the students and community.
  • To establish and maintain contacts with various departments of State and Union Government, and non-governmental organizations. 
  • Propagate higher education and spread knowledge & awareness in contagious manner

Short term outcomes

  •  Increase in self-confidence &  interpersonal skills.
  • Increase in motivation and skills to solve energy issues at local level.
  • Practice of peer to peer learning.
  • Awareness about green energy and its benefits in the energy sector.
  • Increase in interest towards science as a subject.

LONG term outcomes

  •  Increase in curiosity about nature.
  • Inculcation of entrepreneurial skills.
  • Relate problems with global scenario.
  • Pursue science subject for further studies.
  • Dealing with household energy shortage