In the Janyaa Nature Lab (JNL) program, children learn science, math & commerce concepts in relation to nature and apply them to their school gardens. They learn life skills, become environmentally aware, practice teamwork, learn budgeting/book keeping, and develop a taste for natural and healthy foods as a result of the program.
We successfully completed our pilot program in the Bay area, California, and are looking forward to scaling up in the USA.
Microsoft Hyderabad – 2021
Started on July 16th, 2021, the Microsoft-Janyaa Nature Lab (JNL) program is well underway in 20 government schools in Medchal-Malkajgiri and Rajendra Nagar districts in Telangana.
In JNL, children learn and apply science, math and commerce concepts in relationship to nature via a school garden. The school garden becomes the site for students to learn life skills, become environmentally aware, practice teamwork, learn budgeting/book keeping, and develop a taste for natural & healthy foods.
Currently, 662 students from Grades 6th-9th in select schools are enrolled in the JNL program, and are learning the “science of gardening” via weekly 1-hour training delivered by Janyaa Facilitators. By program-end in March, 2022, students will be trained on 61 science and math concepts which form part of the JNL Kit – developed by Janyaa in partnership with Stanford professors, government school teachers, math and science experts.
The MS-JNL program was preceded by targeted Covid-19 sensitization sessions in each school to promote awareness of Covid-19 health and safety tips among children. Consent forms were also administered to children for parental consent as part of Janyaa’s Covid-19 outreach strategy. Meanwhile, one-on-one and group orientation sessions introduced the JNL program and training methodology to the school Principals and subject teachers.
TTWREIS Kothagudem – Navabharat 2019
Janyaa conducted the Janyaa Nature Lab (JNL) project in the Telangana Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TTWREIS) Girls High School in Kothagudem, Telangana, from October 2019 -March 2020.
A total of 240 girls from Grades 6th-9th received 36 hours of hands-on training on the “science of gardening” over the six-month period. 65 science and math concepts were taught by Janyaa Facilitators as part of weekly interactive training sessions. These concepts formed part of the Janyaa Nature Lab (JNL) Kit developed by Janyaa in partnership with Stanford professors, science and math experts, and government teachers. The girls were encouraged to maintain a Log Book to document their learning and observation.
From learning how to test the soil and cultivate land to calculating irregular shapes and simple and compound interest, the girls learnt how to apply science and math concepts to grow a vegetable garden. The harvested produce including seasonal vegetables like spinach, ladyfinger, brinjal, coriander etc. were sold by the girls to the local farm market at competitive prices as part of the JNL training.
The JNL learning proved invaluable to the program beneficiaries especially in the wake of the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic in March 20202 which has underscored the importance of healthy eating and growing one’s own produce to ensure health and wellness.