Anaadi Sustainability Awareness for the Young

a UN Partnership for the forSDGs initiative

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In Partnership with: ESD Expert Net and Global Schools Program

The ASAY program is delivered in the form of a workshop at various educational institutions. The aim of ASAY is to educate school and college students on the importance of responsible consumption through an immersive and experiential content. The program is a blend of lectures, discussions and hands-on group activities.


Consumption patterns of people have a huge impact on the environment. Be it individual energy consumption or diet choices; our actions have a direct consequence on the ecosystem. As Otto Scharmer puts it, a move from "Ego-System" to "Eco-System" may be necessary for a sustainable planet. When this "ego-system" is developed at a very young age, it can lead to transformation. Sustainability is not just an idea but a way of life and hence right from developing the mental attitude for sustainability to translating into action becomes important. The vision that children set for themselves at this right age, will flow as beneficial actions in the future. The workshop will blend lecture sessions, discussions, video screening and hands-on QA activity.


The key objectives of the workshop are:
  • Create an awareness about UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Sustainability among young people especially students
  • Help students gain a perspective of global environmental issues and their role in solving them
  • Give them exposure to real-world sustainability problems and encourage them to design solutions
  • To jointly explore the individual consumption along various dimensions: Food, Energy etc
  • Work on real-world consumption problems through simulated learning and explore and evolve relevant solutions to identified problems.
  • Help students understand sustainability both in a global and local context and take on the role of active global citizens


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Areas of Discussion

~ Responsible Consumption
~ Ecological Awareness
~ Indigeneous solutions
~ Zero Waste living
~ Global Citizenship Education


Who: Students of class 6 and above
Where: At your Institution
Duration: 1 hour - 3 hours
Fee: Nil   (Free workshop)
Batch Size: Variable ( 50 students to 700 students in a batch)

ASAY Impact

  60+ Educational Institutions

ASAY has been conducted across India in over 60 Educational Institutions

8500+ Students

Over 8500 have been educated about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and are now Young Champions of Sustainability in their own spheres of influence.

160+ Teachers

Through Teacher Training programs, over 160 teachers have been impacted and have been provided with the resources, tools and methods to integrate ESD in their classroom

Lecture Sessions and Discussions:

Very few children in the Indian schools are exposed to the Sustainable Development Goals. The lecture sessions will aim at giving the children an overall exposure to the SDGs and specific orientation to Goal 12 : Responsible Consumption and Production. The sessions will be interactive in nature giving room for a lot of questions and answers. The sessions will also expose the children to consumption related issues in India and will highlight key aspects of consumption in their lives. This will help them to map their individual consumption patterns to the local and global contexts.

Hands-On Activity:

Unless and until Sustainability, especially in the context of consumption, is part of the regular curriculum, students may find it difficult to envision the full chain of events that happen from production to consumption to impacting the environment. The key aspect of the ASAY program will be to deconstruct the consumption problems to specific issues that students can relate to. These identified problems will be deconstructed further to identify specific causes and consequences. Management tools like cause-effect diagrams will be used to form a picture of the problem space. This will also help the children shortlist very specific issues. Once the problem space is strengthened, the participants will be guided to explore the solution space and propose SMART solutions which they can implement in their spheres of influence (home, locality, school etc).

Follow up Strategies:

The participants will also be guided and encouraged to draw up a timeline of solution implementations. ASAY program will make available a communication channel (emails or online documents) for participants to share their implementation challenges and success stories from time to time. Students can also enroll in our free online Moodle course "ASAY Champions", where they can access lecture videos, animations and interactives related to the SDGs.

The capacity building of volunteers who handle the program will be done internally at Anaadi Foundation. The outcomes from the program in the form of charts, diagrams, and participant reports will be documented and selected will be showcased on the website. The participants will be able to share their implementation challenges through emails or shared documents which will be available for other participants to view.

What students have to say..

"Achieving the SDGs is our shared responsibility and I will strive to align my actions and choices with the larger Global Goals"
Student, Nagarjuna Model School
Kadappa, Andhra Pradesh

"My ambition is to become an IAS Officer. Through this workshop, I have understood the importance of keeping in mind the people, the planet and prosperity while taking decisions""
Student, Yuvabharathi Public School
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

"SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation is very close to my heart. I got to know about Zero Waste living and definitely want to change my lifestyle in such a way that I don't send anything to the landfill. I will actively try to keep my surroundings clean and will inspire my classmates and community members to do the same"
Student, The Valley School
Bangalore, Karnataka

Resource Persons

Prajna Cauvery KP

Program Director - Sustainability Initiatives

United Nations Global Schools Ambassador

Prajna is an Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate with distinction from Amrita University. She co-leads several initiatives on education, rural development and sustainability. She actively connects with educational institutions to create awareness about the SDGs and indigenous solutions.

Garima Upreti

Program Coordinator - Sustainability Education

Garima has a Masters in Environmental Sciences from Kurukshetra University. She is passionate about educating the next generation of learners on Sustainability and its best practices and inspiring them to integrate it in their lives.

Smt. Smrithi Rekha Adinarayanan

   Smt. Smrithi Rekha Adinarayanan is the co-founder of Anaadi Foundation. Mrs. Smrithi was a faculty at Amrita University teaching Computer Science and Cultural & Value Education for a decade. She was also an Educational and Cognitive Science researcher at Amrita University. She has an MS from State University of New York and was a visiting faculty to University of L’Aquila, Italy. With strong inclination to Dharmic thought and Yogic sciences, Mrs. Smrithi blends insights from Indic sciences, education and ecology in programs offered by Anaadi Foundation. She is a Fellow of European SPES (Spirituality in Economics and Society) Institute and a core group member of MHRD panel designing National level Value Education program for schools in the country.

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Resource Persons

Partnering Organizations

Global Schools Program

The Global Schools Program is an initiative led by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth) in support of UNESCO’s Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP-ESD).

The Anaadi Sustainability Awareness for the Young is one of the few selected SDGs education programs worldwide to have been selected as a part of the prestigious Global Schools Program and is happyt to contribute to :

“Empowering schools and teachers globally to educate children about the SDGs”

The vision of the program is to generate interest about sustainable development in schools in an effort to educate and engage students with the SDGs and to encourage them to prioritize the goals in their lifestyles, behaviors, education and professional careers as these goals provide framework for a better world that children could live in the future. The program aims to do this by transforming learning environments globally and making schools the hubs of education and leadership on SDGs, ultimately becoming vehicles for empowering and mobilizing students and young people to help implement the SDGs in their communities.

Knowledge Partner


ESD Expert Net, Germany supported by Engagement Global is a key UNESCO partner in the implementation of the “Education for Sustainable Development”. The ESD Expert Net supports its endeavours: “To initiate and intensify activities at all levels and in all areas of education to accelerate the process towards sustainable development”.
ASAY project is currently supported by Engagement Global, Germany

Member Organisation of

United Nations SDSN Youth

Anaadi Foundation is a member of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth. In 2012, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilise global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for Sustainable Development. SDSN Youth educates young people about the Sustainable Development Goals and provides opportunities for them to pioneer innovative solutions to address the world's biggest challenges.

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