The hills surrounding MEEF school used to be covered by dense forests, which after decades of excessive wood cutting have been left bare with only short bushels growing on them. To fully revive the ecosystem and natural wildlife of Narsapur, MEEF has started a large-scale forestation project accompanied by a broad campaign to create awareness among villagers for protecting their environment. So far, 14 different varieties of fruit-bearing trees, such as mangos, guavas, amla and jamun have been planted. Around 2000 fully grown trees now surround the school premises, including many recently added Neem and Kanuga trees.
The programme has been designed to train and employ local young people to safeguard the water resources and surrounding hills, which would otherwise be converted into cottonf fields. To this end, a lot of resources will be focused on recruiting and training young people from the neighbouring villages.
Therefore, from the entirety of school land 15 acres have been dedicated entirely to agricultural purposes. They serve as a demonstration area for organic farming methods and are used in developing and testing organic fertilizers and pesticides for rice cultivation. On this matter MEEF is advised the Center for Sustainable Agriculture. MEEF has been implementing organic farming methods for more than eight years now and is scientifically monitoring and recording its procedures. On the basis of these observations manuals are developed for local farmers to help them convert their fields into organic farmland.
The crop efficiency has continuously improved over the last few years. Furthermore, the soil has been enriched with the help of organic farming methods.
In these times water management has become a key success factor for agriculture in the region. Water conservation and irrigation methods are crucial fields of expertise. MEEF has made it its task to improve know-how of locals in this field. We have also taken on the reconstruction of a deep water well and secured and deepened a lake to ensure a water source for dry periods of the year. Also it has implemented a refined irrigation system ensuring efficient water dissemination.
MEEF could significantly improve the water supply of the region and is still working hard to further improve it. It has significantly increased water storage facilities, restoring and expanding a major storage lake.
Over the last years the impact of MEEF's efforts has completely transformed Narsapur's landscape. Biodiversity has been much improved. Many varieties of birds that had previously migrated elsewhere have since returned to this region. Most recently, as many as 65 different species were catalogued by the school children in an effort to raise awareness of the different animals surrounding them.
Education is empowerment. Our goal is to provide education to marginalized people to give them and their communities a true perspective.
Studies show that the educational experience of children under the age of 5 has a significant positive effect on their academic success. To ensure that children from underprivileged families have an effective start to their school life, MEEF offers a nursery as well as lower and upper kinergarten form the age of 3. Currently, there are 60 kids in this segment. MEEF coordinates its efforts in this area with the
We aim to instill a sense of respect for the environment in people and help protect nature in Telangana.
MEEF has grown to be a center of knowledge in the region bundling expertise and best practices concerning education and environment
An overuse of fertilizers and pesticides has caused the quality of soil to deteriorate considerably in Narsapur and surrounding villages. In an effort to increase their yields, most farmers have effectively destroyed one of their key resources due to a lack of knowledge about alternative farming methods. This has not only drastically reduced the soil’s fertility, but also destabilized the ecological equilibrium leading to the destruction of natural habitat for animals and plants. Additionally, the high concentration of pesticides in food poses a health threat to farmers and consumers, which have proven to cause serious diseases.
The protection of the environment and the application of sustainable agricultural methods are very important to MEEF
With the growing number of government sponsored schools in the region, more educational facilities are available to children. Often state schools cannot provide certain important services such as science labs or computer labs. MEEF is taking the role of a regional center of expertise. Themed weeks are oraginzed around environmental protection for students, but even teachers. Also, since 2013 some very successful summer camps have been organized. Facilities to lodge students have been expanded and there are still more plans to provide overarching expertise in cooperation with other local schools.
MEEF’s intervention in this area is targeted at providing the inhabitants of rural Narsapur with better perspectives for their future. For this purpose MEEF offers different vocational trainings. At the heart of MEEF’s efforts in this area lies the teachers training which is aimed at providing young graduates, and especially young women, with a solid education as teachers. Some of the women who have absolved the teacher training with MEEF are now part of the MEEF staff. Another area of vocational training has been weaving. MEEF hopes to extend its vocational training program in the near future to include other handicrafts and professions.
WHAT WE DO
ENGLISH MIDDLE SCHOOL
Until graduation after 10th grade, children find MEEF their place of education. As the girl child is still shunned in rural areas, MEEF makes it a special priority to provide education to girls. For children who not long ago faced a life as rural field workers or traditional craftsman, this opens doors sealed before.
The institution aims to create an integrated approach to encourage and enable children to become responsible personalities, be aware of environmental and health issues as well as become independent problem solvers.
The pedagogical concept of the school has been much inspired by Montessori, J. Krishnamurti and Father Bede Griffiths. Furthermore, local peculiarities are taken into account when composing syllables and teaching methods.
Every Saturday the school children come to the MEEF campus not to follow academic studies, but to indulge in singing, sports, art, dancing, gardening. There is a wider variety of different programs. Children are encouraged to develop their artistic, athletic and practical talents and interests.