Published on February 19, 2014
New Delhi 2014 INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE Challenge of the Balance 1nd – 29th August 2014 1
CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (CSE) ‘Challenge the Balance’ 1st – 29th August 2014 Cost: £1050 Objective: The ‘Challenge of the Balance’ course is an interdisciplinary orientation programme to give international participants a first-hand experience of southern perspectives of the environmentdevelopment debate. Through lectures, field visits and coursework, the 25 participants will understand and critically evaluate issues that lie at the interface of environment and development, poverty, democracy, equality and culture. The course includes classroom lectures, local field excursions, together with challenging individual and/or group project work. Field trips will serve to illustrate innovations and eco-restoration efforts that communities make to enable them to face the challenges of managing their natural resources base. On this course you are encouraged to debate, deliberate and discuss issues that prevail when balancing development within an environmental context. The programme modules include: • Natural resource management: water, forests •Change agents: environmentalism of the poor •Governance imperatives •Poverty and the biomass economy •Environmental conflicts •Urban growth challenges: water, waste, pollution, mobility •Towards sustainable industrialization •Climate change from a Southern perspective 2
TRIPS: OBSERVE. IMMERSE. ENGAGE. The highlight of the programme is the opportunity for participants to learn from rural communities during a week-long field visit. Participants will see practical, technical and sustainable solutions. (such as solutions to water management, decentralised solid and liquid waste management, meeting a community’s energy needs, among others). In addition to this week-long field visit, the programme includes several local field excursions, to familiarise participants with urban challenges, including air pollution and urban mobility, river pollution and waste management. During the course you will write, edit and produce your own magazine based on the stories you encounter. The location of the field trip changes from year to year and problems affecting the local area will form the basis for the content of the magazine that will be produced with training by CSEs in-house journalists. Examples of what has been produced by previous years can be found at the following links: 2012 Magazine: ‘Thread’ • http://www.ewb-uk.org/filestore/Thread_magazine__Cha_Ba_2012.pdf 2013 Magazine: ‘Grassroots’ • http://www.ewbuk.org/filestore/Grassroots__Magazine_Challenge_of_the_Balance_2013%20(1).pdf 3
COURSE MATERIALS • • • • • Teaching and learning materials on the course will all be in English. Participants will receive electronic copies of all course materials The magazine you will produce during the course will be put into print CSE’s extensive library is available for your use throughout the course including an Audio-Visual Centre with a large collection of interesting documentaries on many environment and development-related topics. On completion of the summer school participants will also receive a certificate to recognise their participation. OUR INSTRUCTORS CSE’s training programmes attract leading experts across various fields to address course participants. The core faculty for the proposed course will be drawn from CSE’s experienced research and programme staff. Visiting faculty and guest lecturers will include working development professionals, eminent environmentalists, noted academicians from leading universities, grassroots activists and prominent policy makers, and others. 4
TRAVEL The majority of the course will take place in at the CSE headquarters in the South of New Delhi, India. • Travel between all locations is included in the costs, as well as all accommodation. • The course will run from 1st – 29st August, 2014 The location of the field trip will be confirmed at a later date. Please see the next two pages for maps describing CSE’s location. GETTING TO THE COURSE Whilst travel during the course period is included in costs, you will need to organise and fund travel (flights) to and from the course. If you wish to co-ordinate or communicate with other participants before travelling a Facebook group has been set up for this purpose: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1378222035608000/ APPLY FOR A PLACE http://www.ewb-uk.org/SummerSchools2014 The cost of the course is £1050 and is payable in full by May 2014, with a deposit of £250 required to secure a place. Spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis so apply early to avoid disappointment. The cost of the course includes: Course facilitation and learning materials Accommodation during the summer school Local travel between course locations Food during all training days Week long field trip (including travel, accommodation and meals) The cost of the course does not include: •International flights to and from New Delhi •Personal travel and health insurance •Visas •Vaccinations or any health costs 5
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VISAS Participants are solely responsible for ensuring they have the correct visa to enter India. Previous participants have travelled on tourist visas, however requirements have recently changed. All details of visa requirements and applications can be found on the official Indian Visa Application Centre website http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/. We strongly recommend applying as early as possible. All foreign nationals need a visa to enter India, the only exceptions being nationals of Nepal and Bhutan (Note: Nepalese nationals need a visa if entering India from China). All details of visa requirements and applications can be found on the official Indian Visa website: http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/ please read all relevant sections of the website thoroughly. Those travelling from or through yellow fever countries must have a valid vaccination certificate. We can provide a letter of invitation if required. This is often not necessary but previously has been required for those travelling on a Pakistani passport and those applying for a non-tourist visa (such as an entry VISA). In this case we recommend you get in touch with us directly. The photo required for a visa is 2 inch x 2 inch (50mm x 50mm). Note that this is not standard passport size. These can be produced by the vending machine at the visa application centre and photo shops should also be able to produce them for you. Passport validity Your passport must have 2 blank pages for your visa and must be valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application. Fees Visa fees once deposited cannot be refunded so it’s important to make sure your application is complete and correct before submitting it. Applicants can submit their visa applications either in person at the application centres or by post. Some application centres (Cardiff and Glasgow) do not have a passport collections service and will return passport by secured post. This requires the additional charge and processing time associated with postage of passport to the applicant. Processing times vary but can be significant, decide how you wish to apply now, and organise when you are going to apply accordingly. Leave enough time There are application centres in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Hayes and Cardiff References During your application you may be asked for Indian and UK based references for your application, we recommend using In the UK: Sam Ferrell, Engineers Without Borders UK, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA, UK, Tel: +44 (0)1223 305888 In Delhi: Sharmila Sinha, Centre for Science and Environment, 41 Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi-110062, India, Mobile: +919818482018 8
TRAVEL HEALTH TRAVEL INFORMATION The UK Government offers travel advice for citizens and residents travelling abroad: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india VACCINATIONS AND HEALTH INFORMATION Although we will try our best to ensure you are safe and comfortable, neither CSE or EWB-UK can be held responsible for your health and safety during your stay in Delhi or during the field visit(s). It is recommendable to visit your Doctor and/or a specialist Travel Clinic (e.g. Nomad) before travelling abroad to discuss advised vaccinations and medical precautions. This should be done at least 6 weeks before travelling. If your GP cannot provide the vaccinations you need, they should be able to refer you to a travel clinic. Your GP may charge for some travel vaccinations but others will be available on the NHS. Malaria is not prevalent in New Delhi where the majority of the course is held. However the location of the field trip is not confirmed and some areas of India come with anti-malarial recommendations. It is not common practice to drink tap water in India, and as such drinking water will be provided at all times. More travel health advice can be found at: http://www.nathnac.org/travel/ EWB-UK strictly follows the advice of the UK Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, given at www.fco.gov.uk. British High Commission in New Delhi Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021 Tel: +91 11 2419 2100 Consular Fax: +91 11 2611 6094 E-mail: email@example.com Delhi emergency services: Police 100, Fire 101, Ambulance 102 9
OTHER INFORMATION Faculty: CSE’s training programmes attract leading experts across various fields to address course participants. The core faculty for the proposed course will be drawn from CSE’s experienced research and programme staff. Visiting faculty and guest lecturers will include working development professionals, eminent environmentalists, noted academicians from leading universities, grassroots activists and prominent policy makers, and others. Course attendance This is an intensive, full-time course (Monday- Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm). Full attendance is mandatory over the entire duration of the course. The Certificate of Participation will be awarded to those candidates who maintain full attendance, and have enthusiastically participated in all course activities, including in-class presentations, readings and discussions, individual and group work, together with the efforts made in the course assignments. Learning facilities at CSE • Classroom with projectors, whiteboards, etc. • Wireless internet connectivity. • You are encouraged to use the CSE library located in the basement of the AAETI building (timings: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm, Monday- Saturday). You may check out books and periodicals, but please ensure you return such materials before the end of the course. • The Audio-Visual Centre (also housed in the CSE library) has a large collection of interesting documentaries on many environment and development-related topics. For more information contact: Ms. Sharmila Sinha, Deputy Prog Manager, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 10
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