The adventure of environmental awareness
Since 1998 a small team of Aurovilians has been working on the production of a small, cute booklet that is instrumental in the raising of children's awareness regarding the general environment in and around the Auroville area.
Swift, light and lively language
The booklets, published under the general header 'Shikra', have been written by Ditra, a longtime Aurovilian lady from USA who has an outspoken feel and eye and love for the birds, smaller animals and trees in the area. In a swift, light and lively language she tells stories and anecdotes, providing quite some basic information, and humour, along with them. When the story felt complete, it was taken up by Auroville´s main illustrator, Emanuele (Italy), who then highlighted them with his exquisitely amusing and superb illustrations. After some lay-outing done by a third member of the team, the world was a lovely little booklet richer.
And so it happened that, aided by a grant from the Dutch Stichting de Zaaier, every few months or so another booklet rolled off the press that got distributed to the schools in Auroville and its bioregion, as well as in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram schools in Pondicherry and, on request, to schools further away in India.
The Shikra booklets focus on:
While there are still copies
available that could be ordered, we are most happy to note that we now
are allowed to share some of these with you, one story from time to
time. We start with number one: The Banyan Tree.
For further details, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by SAIIER (Sri Aurobindo
International Institute of Educational Research)
The 'Shikra' has been created as an offering to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
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