Lalit Pande & Anuradha Pande: Learning and Sustainability in the Himalayas: A conversation @ CREATE Lab, 196 Mercer St., 8th Floor

11/07/2017 3:30 pm – 11/07/2017 4:30 pm Learning and Sustainability in the Himalayas: A conversation with leaders of the Uttarakhand Environmental Education Centre, Lalit Pande and Anuradha Pande

The Pandes will begin with a brief description of their Uttarakhand Environmental Education Centre and its activities, but the majority of the time is reserved for discussion and conversation with them about the themes that have arisen in their work over the last 30 years. Simply put, the Uttarakhand Environmental Education Centre provides a platform for ordinary people in rural villages to identify their concerns, develop and implement their own solutions, thereby becoming confident in their own abilities.

Dr. Lalit Pande, director of the USNPSS, received degrees in Engineering from IIT Delhi, MIT, and Purdue. Along with completing the requirements of a PhD, he made an attempt to answer his own questions about life. He eventually decided to go and live in the mountains and came to Almora, India in 1984, his ancestral home, where he had never lived before. Approaching problems of sustainability and development with an open mind, he began to explore how USNPSS could influence local people and the ecosystem. In time, this resulted in developing and introducing an environmental education programme in the school curriculum, preschool education in villages, rural libraries and evening centres, women’s groups and gender advocacy, practical activities like water and sanitation, plant nurseries and afforestation programmes, and agriculture and climate change interventions.

Anuradha Pande has been working in the state of Uttarakhand for the last twenty five years. Through USNPSS, she has created and nurtured the largest network of rural women’s groups in the state, the Uttarakhand Women’s Federation (Uttarakhand Mahila Parishad), with over 450 local groups and over 16,000 members. She coordinates the network, organises and conducts training for women’s groups and community-based organisations and visits the villages and assists them to take up issues of women’s rights. Every year, she organises about twenty congregations in Uttarakhand providing a platform to rural communities to raise their concerns. She edits a women’s magazine, Nanda, which publishes articles written by rural women. More recently, she has developed a programme on adult women’s literacy and empowerment. She has also worked on development of the programme on environment education for school children. Anuradha did her masters in geology. Her recently published book on her work and reflections is called “Pahari Streeyan” (“The Women of the Mountains”).

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This talk is hosted by Christopher Hoadley and the NYU dolcelab (Lab for the Design of Learning, Collaboration, and Experience), with additional financial support from the South Asia | NYU Network. Additional co-sponsors include: