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Treasured Islands: Book Design Project. Semester One, 2013–2014
Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology
There are over 700 schools in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, in these schools there has been no island specific education in the curriculum and children have little awareness of their unique ecological environment. To address this, Dakshin Foundation and ANET have been working with the Department of Education ANI to develop content and make environmental education mandatory in schools.
In this collaborative project, 16 students from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology redesigned ‘Treasured Islands’ – an out of date and out of print environmental textbook specifically for teachers in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (grade 6-8). The first edition of this book was published by Kalpavriksh and ANET in 1999 and has now been put forward by the Department of Education ANI as a recommended classroom resource.
Facilitated by Kumkum Nadig, Ramesh Kalkur and me, the task was to reconceptualise the design, illustration and navigation of the book as well as incorporate new information and activities. The project objectives included:
• Understand the challenges in designing a teaching resource in this context.
• Integrate images, text, information and activities in meaningful ways.
• Design for ease of use.
• Develop appropriate, informative, engaging and contemporary illustrations.
• Deliver a book that can be easily translated into multiple Indian languages.
This new edition of ‘Treasured Islands’ will be used for teacher training workshops and will provide the basis for a range of supplementary materials, which will be designed in phase 2 of the project.
Students: Ananya Singh, Aneri Jhaveri, Isha Sinh, Juhi Agarwal, Koyal Chengappa, Maanasa Ganesh, Meghna Jaswal, Pramod pai, Pranav Dharamsi, Prateek Vatash, Pratyancha Puri, Priya Jain,Sree Lakshmi Sola, Sreeja Basu, Vishaka Jindal, Vivan Kamath.