In today’s India, families in urbans and metros have very limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment. Children are spending more time on televisions, mobiles and tablets at home. They are mostly not physically active outside the home. Richard Louv, in his book The Last Child In The Woods, documented how the life of urban family has affected in last couple of decades and he also named this phenomena “nature-deficit disorder”.
Cornell University environmental and developmental psychologist Gary Evans has conducted numerous research studies examining the effects of the physical environment on children’s well-being. He noted in his research paper that the physical environment profoundly influences development outcomes including academic achievement, cognitive as well as social and emotional development.
Noisy environment reduces children’s reading abilities. It is really hard to focus when there is too much noise around. The major source of pollution are transportation vehicles, music and entertainment instruments and off-course people surrounding. A school, like Aavishkar School, away from this kind of environment gives a child at least few hours of peace and it can have a lot of positive impact.
Crowding has an effect on child’s interpersonal behaviours, mental health and biological measures. Crowding is major problem in most of the schools with limited infrastructure. The schools situated away from urban area can have scope of enough infrastructure. Schools like us have developed a beautiful campus over the land of 8 acre with ample facilities for children. Less crowd in class room also increases the focus of teacher on individual student. We accommodate only 30 students per class.
Outdoor sports must be part of everyone’s life. What they should play depends on age but they should play. Children who play regularly in natural environment develop advanced motor fitness. It also develops the coordination, balance and agility as well. And of-course the physical fitness will be top notch of these children and so they are sick less often.
The new things happening in natural environment stir up eagerness of children. It improves their awareness. It develops observation skill which leads to improvement in reasoning as the questions like how helps in cognitive development.
Gary Evans of Cornell University specifically mentioned,
“Consider your child’s school environment. If you have a choice, send your child to a quiet, less chaotic school. This is particularly desirable if your home environment is also noisy.”