Preamble

As per Rio + 20 Summit there is vital link between our living practices and depletion of our natural resources. United Nations setup various groups and forums for establishing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Millennium Development Goals (MDG), and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for addressing issues of sustainability, equality, health, poverty reduction, education, and quality living condition for all. Our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji laid emphasis on sustainable lifestyle, growth of low income people through clean, green environment, healthy practices, education, research, and development especially at the UN’s address and drives such as Swatch Bharat, cleanliness and interlinking of rivers etc. Thus to cater these issues HaritaDhara Research Development and Education Foundation (HRDEF) established as non-profit organization under The Indian Companies Act 2013 as section 8 company.

 

Motivation and Work Philosophy

People are moulded by situations around us in the world and through innovative learning. They understand various features of our world by associations, rules, limitations, and regularities and accordingly make decisions for the present and future. Thus education, scientific literacy and awareness about our needs both current and future are critical for effective decision making. Learning examples such as examining how the resources we consume and amount left over affects the Earth are linked to sustainability. Our environment (water, land, ecosystems, energy, waste, urban living, transportation), interactions between the natural environment and human activities, and the consequences of our choices and actions can prevent, reduce, or change situation of the climate. Thus everyone require skills in analysis, problem-solving, communication of ideas, information, to collaborate with others, and maintain a sustainable lifestyle. In this, learning with game can provide interactive medium to communicate ICT and Sustainability.

By definition, sustainable development is about both intergenerational and intra-generational equity. It involves fulfilling our collective responsibilities to ensure a safer, cleaner, healthier, and more inclusive world for both today’s children, and for their children. Sustainable Development – the core concept for the Post-2015 Development Agenda – provides an integrated response to the complex environmental, societal, economic and governance challenges that directly and disproportionately affect children. With appropriate focus, investment and innovation, the Post-2015 Development Agenda presents an unprecedented opportunity to create a World Fit for All Children (UN reports). 

The new Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals require education to be re-envisioned. The goals go beyond accessing formal education to require an interrogation of the quality and purposes of education, whether education is equitable for all, and how education is placed in a context of lifelong learning, where people and communities learn to be inclusive, peaceful, and cohesive to create a world that is sustainable for future generations (UN report).

We used Sanskrit words like Harita for Harit/Green, Dhara for earth, Alankrit for beautiful, Haritima for Green, Prithvi for Planet, and Gyan for Knowledge as name of our clusters, programs, projects.