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Matri Bhumi Eco Learning Centre

Sacred Earth Trust (SET) is an NGO situated in Bihar India. We have been working on solutions for reducing plastic pollution and regeneration through introducing practical solutions and eco-education in Bodhgaya since 2008/09.

Programs SET have run to date are; teacher training, permaculture courses, women's empowerment sewing projects, tree planting, school workshops. The proposed programs will consist of creative learning workshops in the Matri Bhumi eco learning centre and online webcast trainings, to and from our proposed Solar Powered IT Centre on site (upper hall).

   
Eco Learning and Plastic Up-cycling Centre design


Between 2014- 2018 SET had been working on the design and construction of the Eco learning and plastic upcycling centre.

Proposal for Phase 3 developments:

  • Solar Powered IT centre (to be completed) 
  • Amwah canal clean up and reed bed filtration system 
  • Bio-remediation nursery 
  • Rainwater harvesting system
  • Leadership program: outdoor science labs, design sustainable communities, biodiversity, zero waste initiatives
  • National NGO training programs and conferences
  • Permaculture training programs

 

Current stage of project:

Phase 3: Programs within the eco learning centre


 

 

• Education programs in the Matri Bhumi (MB) Eco learning centre

The upper hall will house the solar powered IT centre – and batteries will be stored underneath the stairs. An online portal for local community members and groups to participate and have access to workshops, learning opportunities on educational and wider topics on environmental solution. This would include dialogues with specialist from all around the world. The webcasts would also provide access for children youths from other parts of the world to engage with the local community.

The facilities will house a cinema and multi-media space. Media is an important modern age learning tool. The upper hall can comfortably accommodate 60- 80 people. The lower hall has the capacity for 50+ seated on chairs.


• Amwah canal clean up and reed bed filtration system

The Amwah canal carries all of Bodhgaya’s waste water to the village named Amwah (2kms away from centre of Bodhgaya), where it enters a community pond of polluted effluents from surrounding households. The canal runs directly past the back of the MB eco learning centre (less than 10 ft away from the bio-remediation garden boundary.)
After the clean-up canal of the plastics and other dumped waste, we will install a natural filtration system with the plantation of reed beds and other plant species found in the local area, this will regenerate the eco system and local biodiversity.

This would not only assist in the cleaning of the polluted water and show a living example of how it can be done locally and how it could be upscaled. Schools and students from colleges can use these as outdoor science labs.


• Plastic technology training on upcycling; a program for 20 NGOs

1. Introduction to Zero waste initiatives
2. Innovative technologies for transforming waste plastics
3. NGO training to use the up-cycling of plastic waste into compressed plastic blocks for construction purposes.

 

  
Compressed Plastic block: 2.5kg of plastic each.
1 toilet block – 90 blocks= 225kg of waste plastic removed from pollution of land and waterways.


General programs of events open to general public

After this we would like to start a schedule of online meetings and workshops for public engagement. There is a large international community that gathers ever year. It would be beneficial for the locals and tourists to participate and benefit from events taking place at the centre.

  • Talks by specialist
  • Performances; Indian classical, Music events
  • Online webcast
  • Cinema nights, Film festivals
  • Workshops: arts, environmental, science, new technologies
  • Yoga, dance etc

Other attractions and services:

  • On-site shop selling locally produced handcrafts, eco savvy goods and organic café/ tea shop. 
  • Education and information station.
  • Bio-remediation garden…dry toilets, filtration systems, exhibitions.


We appreciate your contribution and support towards the success of these projects.

 


 

Thanks to the partnership and support of United Nations Development Program UNDP, Global Environment Facility GEFSGPCEEMOEFC.

          

         

 


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