by Yushika Subedi, Regional Coordinator for South Asia
ATO - ClimatEducate Project
As the COVID-19 Pandemic caught the world out-handed in the first quarter of 2020, all work and ways of life has been halted or delimited online. In such scenario, our project team has also been doing its best to perform all our pending activities. I have organized two NOIs online webinars since the lockdown started one in March and the other in July 2020.
I got a chance to organize it in days prior to lockdown or say during ordinary times, I could have gathered more attention from the participants because everything could have happened at face. Video call is possible via call too but there is no much connection between teacher and student as it happens in real or maybe it’s all being used to, after few months of continuity we might be able to flow with online activities.
One of the best things about launching initiatives online is thatwe can include participants from all ages, groups, and different sectors of society. This has been edge as it facilitates everyone to stay home and take part in webinars or online initiatives. A lot of participants can take part at once. Time management of the programs which should happen in different location of the world at once can be easily synchronized.
The first webinar I engaged into was related to "Climate Smart Agriculture" for Grade 9 - 12 students and advocates from different parts of the world. The virtual learning session was one of our first as we shifted our activities.
The second webinar I was engaged in was a virtual learning session on hydroponics - which was coincided as the growing trend on urban/home gardening continues. The virtual activity which was launched in collaboration with a local youth organization, "Green Commando Earth Pokhara" with hydroponics agriculturist resource speaker from Nepal.
Though I organized those webinars, became a speaker, I too got a lot of chances to learn a lot which is also one of the main reasons why I love launching webinars as it is just not one-on-one conversation but actually a two-way conversation.
One thing I also realized was the need to prepare well in organizing virtual workshops and webinars. Time, logistics, and publicity must always be considered. The objectives of the activity and the content your resource speakers will provide should also be a priority.
I would love to work more, impact more individuals with my knowledge as awareness campaigns as I have been doing and I am really grateful to ATO - ClimatEducate Project for always being my helping hand to launch such events. I believe that the project will continue to open avenues for climate education initiatives in the near future.