Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) is a four week-long training that empowers communities to determine and consciously design their own course towards a sustainable future. The curriculum has been recognised and endorsed as setting a standard for the United Nations' 'Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – 2005- 2014'. The EDE is universal in scope but local in application, directed towards honoring and drawing out valuable cultural diversity.
The EDE has a holistic focus on sustainability: ecological, economic, social and cultural. In both its process and its outcomes for participants it satisfies EGF objectives. See the attached project proposal for more information. The EDE will be developed and delivered by local trainers/facilitators in partnership with a network of local indigenous organisations to 54 tribal women participants from different parts of Orissa, in India
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Ecology Design Course in Action
The Orissa Nari Samaj (ONS) women’s group, a federation of 54 tribal women's organisations, recently attended the Ecological Design Education (EDE) presented in Orissa by Team for Human REsources, Education and Action Development (THREAD) and have already started campaigning! Ms. Karmi Besra, spoke person of the ONS, sent a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asking him to encourage native...Read More
The Orissa Nari Samaj (ONS) women’s group, a federation of 54 tribal women's organisations, recently attended the Ecological Design Education (EDE) presented in Orissa by Team for Human REsources, Education and Action Development (THREAD) and have already started campaigning! Ms. Karmi Besra, spoke person of the ONS, sent a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asking him to encourage native varieties of crops through organic farming techniques and request he take a stand opposing Bt. Brinjal and Genetically Modified crops. The women have urged Mr Patnaik to adopt the line of his Tamil Nadu counterpart Miss J Jayalalitha who has questioned the introduction of GM crops. Emphasizing the importance of native seeds of Odisha and the relatedness to over 350 varieties of native Brinjals of the state, the ONS said if Bt (modified) Brinjal is introduced these varieties will become extinct, and set a precedent for the introduction of further GM crops. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Miss J Jayalalitha supported organic farming and has questioned Mr. Veerappa Moily about the urgency of not allowing field trial of G.M crops as a part of her election campaign at Nagapattinam . Odisha state has banned Bt. Brinjal as a result of stiff opposition from farmers; but is it yet to take a firm stand against GM crops, noted the ONS activists.
Speaking to the representatives of Orissa Nari Samaj, Mr.G.John, Executive Director of THREAD and Siddharth village which spear-headed the mass movement against GM crops said “it is high time that we spend our energy in supporting the nature and preserve and respect the nature instead of wasting energy working against some one or some agency”. In the same breath he expressed that the women leaders should express their feelings to the appropriate authorities to take action.
Further informtion on the EDEcourse outcomes available in the Members Report from THREAD, please download here »
Attachment Size THREAD Report on EDE Outcomes 2.94 MB