Manoj Nigam

Urban areas are often viewed as a source of ecological ‘problems’ rather than solutions. This article presents the rationale, pedagogical implications, and student responses to a school project aimed at raising and sustaining an urban terrace farm. Through this example, it explores some themes that educators could engage with in urban areas.

Vikas Arora shares this video from You may use it in your social studies and economics class to trigger a discussion around fund allocation and resource distribution. Ask your learners to express and engage what happens in their family, at the local grocery shop and at a bigger super market. You may introduce them to the trend of 'artificial scarcity' and the price rise. Invite all ideas from them and also ask them to think of possible solutions. They may start with a mini project of budget allocation in their classroom project as a starter.

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedien t while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country.

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Sustainability thinking has environmental, social, and economic dimensions. It is a way of looking at these issues in an integrated manner without straying from paying attention to either the human development problem or the value and constraints imposed by our environment.






Every school does its bit by getting children to plant a tree or make some compost. But apart from working as little breaks from their otherwise heavy learning schedule do these programmes achieve what they should? Here are some suggestions on how you can ensure measures for sustainability are taken in your school.


The education system in India is badly battered and damaged. While there are discussions and attempts to repair the system, a lot of us will be surprised to know that this country had one of the best possible education systems in the world, which could have easily competed with the western education system. With the arrival of the British in India, we began to despise our own systems and looking up to theirs, leaving us with neither fish nor fowl.

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