The Community-Led Landscape Management Project (CLLMP) implemented by Meghalaya Basin Management Agency (MBMA) and funded by the World Bank has undertaken an initiative, as part of its mandate to Capacitate Communities through provision of training equipment – the community computer called KYAN to Communities/schools as part of its efforts to enhance NRM sensitization and learning among communities (VNRMCs), youths and children with focus to catch minds on the importance of NRM.

It is important to mention that the ownership of the devices rests with the Village Natural Resources Management Committees (VNRMCs). However, the School Management Committee (SMC) or School Authority is entrusted with the responsibility of being the custodian of the devices. To ensure the devices are utilized for the intended purpose, an MoU has been signed between MBMA and the Education Department, mandating that the devices are used for NRM sensitization and learning as part of the co-curricular activities in schools.

In Ri-Bhoi District, 61 devices have been provided to promote digitalized teaching and focus on NRM topics that go beyond the typical academic syllabus. To ensure the smooth functioning of the devices, a two-day training session was organized by the Ri-Bhoi District Project Management Unit (DPMU) for all the respective schools.

The Knowledge Management Team from Ri-Bhoi District conducted visits to five schools in order to assess the utility of these devices on student learning. The feedback received was highly positive, as students found the devices beneficial in facilitating in-depth learning through access to various presentations and videos installed on the devices. This interactive approach made the learning process easier and more engaging for the students.

The teachers also expressed their great satisfaction with the devices, noting that it has made their teaching more effective and dynamic. They appreciate the ability to supplement textbook knowledge with real-life examples and multimedia resources. During the visit, the Knowledge Management Team captured video documentation of teachers using the devices to teach students about natural resources and sustainable management practices.

The demand for these devices is high among schools, as evidenced by the feedback received from participants. The project continues to prioritize the empowerment of community members, encouraging them to become responsible stewards of our planet’s resources.

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