Travelling enhances and develops our learning about the natural environment. Here are a set of schools ... on an environmental trip
G D Goenka School, Paschim Vihar, Delhi
The school took their students for an overnight trip to Astroport, Sariska, to expose them to the science of astronomy, learn about organic farming and conservation of forests. On arrival there, students were taken to see how organic farming is done. The experience and the knowledge shared by farmers made such an impression that students now insist on having organic produce as much as possible.
Later in the evening students observed stars, planets, constella-tions and nebulas through a big telescope. They were able to expe-rience the clarity of the night sky and pure air, and light-pollution free surroundings, which are hard to find in our cities.
The next day, students were taken for a jungle safari in Sariska National Park, where they were lucky to see bears, deer and a tiger. Students were taught how conservation of forest and protection of animal species is done and how precious wildlife and vegetation is for us humans.
Mount Litera Zee School, Moga, Punjab
Students of Mount Litera Zee School paid a visit to state-of-art silos owned and run by Adani Agri Logistics under a public private partnership programme with a capacity of four lakh tonnes. Students learned about different methods to safeguard crops in order to avoid wastage; reduce soil degradation and protect environment. Every year, about two lakh tonnes of wheat is handled at these silos, which are sited next to rail sidings.
J C Mahindra Memorial School,Maharashtra
The school recently organised a visit to an organic farm, Jeevanvidhya Dnyanpeeth Karjat, Dist. Raigad. The farm boasts of crops cultivated totally on organic fertilizers. The cowdung and compost generated in the farm is used to grow various vegetables crops like cucumber, bottlegourd, okra, elephant foot, bananas and bittergourd.
Students had a look at the compost pit in the farm. The pit takes care of the disposal of the kitchen and organic waste generated in the farm. Irrigation in the farm is done by water conservation methods like drip irrigation and sprinkle irrigation.
A second environment tour to the Saajgaon Medicinal Plant Nursery under the jurisdiction of the Forest Department was organised by the school, too. Students saw and learnt about many varieties of flora with special characteristics and medicinal value.
Students learned about Pitcher Mimosa, Dwarf Tagar, Sshwagandha, Amla, Shatavari, Aloevera, Turmeric, and Lemon grass plants. They even brought a few plants to school and made a medicinal garden.
Salwan Public School, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Students of Salwan Public School, Ghaziabad took an initiative towards “Yamuna Restoration Campaign” by walking along the stretch to sensitise people about the cleanliness and Yamuna restoration. Students collected samples of water from the river and checked the impurity level in the labs. at school. The study indicated higher level of ammonia in the water. The young students were able to understand that the real cause of water pollution in Yamuna is due to our religious and cultural taboos.
Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar, Delhi
Salwan School took its students to participate in the International Climate Week held at Wolfsburg, Germany in April 2012. They discussed vital environmental issues and concerns with an esteemed panel of experts and developed local sustainability projects based on practical environmental solutions. Students also participated in the 1st World Youth Sustainability Summit organised at Berlin, Germany in May 2013. The Salwanians visited the Embassy of India in Berlin and discussed about the environmental projects undertaken by our school with the Deputy Chief of Mission.