Awards

Conservation Education: the Houbara Model

AWARD INFORMATION SHEET

Executive Summary

Conservation Education: The Houbara Model, is a robust educational programme showing futuristic thinking to disseminate knowledge and awareness about the need and efforts of species conservation and sustainability using the Houbara bustard as a flagship species. The programme aims to help young learners and the larger community to understand how sustainable habitats form the foundation for all conservation efforts and appreciate the intrinsic link between falconry, conservation of falcons and conservation of the Houbara bustard.

The programme is aimed at all levels of students in school. Teachers from the participating schools are offered resource materials and trainings. Schools get one full academic session to implement this programme. Each school is expected to undertake two major tasks as a part of this initiative:

a) Integrate concepts of Conservation Education with a special focus on the Houbara bustard in their existing curriculum across all subjects and levels

b) Reach out to the neighbourhood community through the Houbara Action Project to enhance awareness in the community

How are schools expected to implement this programme?

  • Each school will register for the programme through the website.
  • The school will appoint a Coordinator for this programme.
  • The Coordinator will be given login and password details to access resources, training schedules and other necessary information needed for the programme implementation.
  • The Coordinator will delegate relevant teachers for the training schedules.
  • Teachers once trained, need to share their training with other teachers in their school.
  • Teachers will implement both the tasks mentioned earlier in their schools.
  • The Coordinator assesses all the reports and evidence. He/she uploads the reports in the prescribed templates provided on the website.
  • An Evaluation Committee comprising IFHC/ Ministry of Education and Education Experts will evaluate each school ‘s implementation.
  • All schools submitting their reports will be given certificates and schools that show best practices will be recognised with awards at a duly conducted ceremony.

How will school performances be evaluated?

School performances will be evaluated based on the completion of the two components of this programme, namely, Integration with the Curriculum and the Houbara Action Project. Each component will carry a weightage of 50%.

Houbara Honour Awards

The Houbara Honour Awards provide motivation for schools to excel in their work and receive recognition for the quality and outreach of their work.

Schools will be awarded not only for scoring the maximum possible scores for each or both the components listed above, but also for having used systematic, creative and innovative student-centric approaches. Each of the components should reflect a holistic, inter-disciplinary and wide outreach in its implementation.

Award Categories

1. Houbara Conservation Champions Award

The school that scores the maximum total points in both the components, Integration with the Curriculum and Houbara Action Project, will receive this award.

2. Most Effective Curriculum Integration Award

The school that scores the maximum points for the component, Integration with the Curriculum, will receive this award.

3. Most Proactive Houbara Action Project Award

The school that scores the maximum points for the component, Houbara Action Project, will receive this award.

How will schools be evaluated?

Schools will be evaluated based on their reports and evidence on each of the components. Each component carries a weightage of 50%.

How will schools submit the reports?

Method

User friendly templates to collate all efforts and report on each of the two tasks mentioned above are provided for the registered schools on the website. Coordinators from schools will need to upload the completed templates. Assistance and support will be provided by the IFHC to the coordinators to facilitate submissions of reports.

When will schools submit reports?

Deadline

Schools that have registered for this programme are expected to submit all their reports between 30th of April and the 1st week of May depending upon the Ministry of Education schedules. Submissions will NOT be accepted after the 1st week of May.

Submission dates for the final reports are tentative and subject to change as per Ministry of Education directives.

ONLY reports sent before the deadline will be considered for evaluation.

What will make a school eligible for an award?

Integration with the Curriculum

This component carries a weightage of 50%. Schools need to submit the following:

1. the Coordinator's Consolidated Report duly completed

2. lesson plans, documents, photographs, presentations, video films showing evidence of the integration with the curriculum

Evaluation will be done on the basis of the following criteria:

1. evidence of range of disciplines and levels teachers attending training teach, as well as share with on follow up

2. evidence of training shared by the the attending teachers with other teachers in school

3. evidence of integration of training and resource material in teaching concepts of conservation education

4. evidence of interdisciplinary integration, range of levels included, lesson plans, outreach or number of students included in each level

Houbara Action Project

This component also carries a weightage of 50%

Schools need to submit the following:

1. the Coordinator's Report duly completed

2. lesson plans, documents, photographs, presentations, video films showing evidence of the integration of the Houbara Action Project with the curriculum

3. documents, photographs, presentations, video films showing evidence of the work done on the Houbara Action Project

Evaluation will be done on the basis of the following criteria:

1. evidence of range of disciplines and levels teachers attending training teach, as well as share with on follow up

2. evidence of training shared by the attending teachers with other teachers in school

3. evidence of integration of Houbara Action Project with concepts taught in curriculum

4. evidence of student-centric approach, interdisciplinary integration

5. Three main features determine the quality of an action project:

 

- the content of the action project shown through your report

- the process whereby the project was completed- the planning, execution and follow up

- the output or number of people addressed through the action project

6. evidence needed for any of the above features

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