We are all aware that energy resources that support life on earth are fast depleting. As humans multiply in numbers, the load carrying capacity of earth is getting threatened by the day. There is little time to preach. Action, and that too organized, is the urgent need of the hour.
NDPL ENERGY CLUB is an endeavour in this direction by NDPL (North Delhi Power Ltd) in association with REACHA, New Delhi (a Voluntary Organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860). The Club seeks to sensitise school children of an impressionable age (Classes VI – VIII) in schools, on such issues relating to energy, (and other resources), Indian Heritage and Citizens’ Duties and Rights that need to be addressed immediately – for the sake of mother earth!
Children are involved in two projects in the 1st year of the Club in designated schools:
PROJECT CONSERVE (CONServation of Energy Resources through Verification and Experimentation), and
PROJECT NEST (Neighbourhood Energy Sensitisation Task)
Through PROJECT CONSERVE each student actually monitors the pattern of electricity consumption at-home/school, uses the electricity bill for assessing the present consumption; applies conservation techniques as explained by our experts, and seeks to save energy. The later bills should reflect these positive changes.
Through PROJECT NEST each student seeks to sensitise five known neighbours over a period of 4-5 months, and helps them do at home what he/she did through the 1st project.
In this way, each student of Classes VI – VIII (and subsequently Classes IX – XII over the next 4-5 years) will actually become an active conservationist through practise, and will also train the neighbouring community in the process. If this process were replicated on a larger scale, REAL CONSERVATION efforts would begin to take shape.
Two teachers and 4-6 responsible students from these classes (together called the Core Group, or CG) are required to attend a preliminary training workshop at a suitable venue (normally one of the participating schools). Schools are requested to identify the members of the CG at an early date. The CG’s subsequently become the chief implementers/co-ordinators of the two projects in their respective schools. Series of workshops/seminars/Urja Mela etc are organized over the academic year to deliver the programme. These are followed up with extensive and exhaustive fieldwork/visits to schools and homes of students and teachers for grass-roots’ assessment, feedback analysis etc.
Best performing schools/teachers/students are rewarded by NDPL in the form of scholarships/prizes/mementoes/certificates.
The NDPL Energy Club (NEC) was formally launched at Prabhu Dayal Public School, Delhi on 8th October 2004 at the “Core Group Conclave”. Five schools from North Delhi took part in the inaugural workshop to initiate PROJECT CONSERVE (CONServation of Energy Resources through Verification and Experimentation). These were:
- Apeejay School, Pitampura
- Bal Bharati Public School, Rohini
- Prabhu Dayal Public School, Shalimar Bagh
- Lancers Convent, Rohini and
- Rukmani Devi Public School, Rajpur Road
These 5 schools were chosen for a Pilot Project, from a group of 25-30 schools, by NDPL, in order to launch the NDPL Energy Clubs in association with REACHA.
PROJECT CONSERVE successfully culminated with the competitive URJA MELA at Bal Bharati Public School, Rohini, in February 2005. By this time more than 2000 students had enrolled as members of NEC.
This was followed by Project NEST from May – July 2005. In this project, the already sensitized NEC members began to successfully mobilize and sensitise five neighbors each. This lead to large scale peoples’ participation in energy conservation in the NDPL distribution areas – with school kids as the flag bearers of the conservation movement. REACHA carried out intensive as well
as extensive fieldwork activities during this period.
In the 1st Phase that was launched in Oct 04 in 5 North Delhi Public Schools, 2500 – 3000 students were sensitised along with their teachers, parents and the neighbourhood community. In the 2nd Phase 20 new schools were added – 10 Delhi Govt + 10 Public. The 5 old schools now become the Nodal Training Centers (NTCs) and each was allotted 4-5 new schools for ‘Peer-Group Learning (PGL). Children are influenced most by their peers – and thus we sought to encourage PGL dynamics in a massive scale over the next 5 years. By the end of the 2nd Phase in June 06 we had sensitised around 50,000+ students, and hundreds of their parents and neighbours.
In the 3rd Phase - with 50 schools as members (30 Government and 20 Public Schools) we had sensitised about 200,000 students, thousands of their parents and neighbours by end November 2007.
Each year, the set of old schools will become the NTCs for the new ones that join the movement. The NTCs are initiated into value-add-on’s like Indian Heritage, Citizens’ Duties and Rights, Health, Sports & Physical Fitness, Photography etc to promote the development of an integrated personality. REACHA has worked extensively and exhaustively to develop plug-ins for the existing education system through ‘Learning-By-Doing (LBD)’ modules that have been endorsed by national academic institutions like CBSE, NIEPA (National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration), and ILB (India Literacy Board) based on these value-add-on’s, that assist and empower each child to harness his/her hidden talents, seek careers matching them and eventually start leading a healthy, peaceful and cheerful existence. We feel that if this were to be achieved in India through such Child-Centric Programmes (CCPs) a NATIONAL RESURGENCE will take shape – elevating India into the league of DEVELOPED NATIONS and a BENEVOLENT SUPERPOWER in the 21st Century.
REACHA is in the process of making this energy conservation movement a nationwide phenomena.
In order to prevent misuse of REACHA concepts with regard to Energy Club, the following concepts as developed by REACHA have been copyrighted:
1. Project CONSERVE (Conservation of Energy Resources through Verification & Experimentation)
2. Project NEST (Neighbourhood Energy Sensitisation Task)
3. E - File - or Energy File
4. DPEC (Domestic Patterns of Energy Consumption) Form - meant for self audit
All of the above form the basis of our Child Centric Learning By Doing (CCLBD) Module for the delivery of Energy Clubs in schools. These have been evolved since the year 2004 with the launch of the NDPL Energy Clubs in Delhi.