In a bid to make children more environmentally sensitive, schools across the country are including many extra-curricular activities centred around the environment. In Kerala, this school teaches children organic farming, and auctions the produce, motivating the children to grow more.
Far away from God’s own Country, the students of a government school in Gurugram are learning the nuances of growing plants and are succeeding in their efforts, too!
According to this report in the Times of India, students of the Government Primary School in Sushant Lok (C-2), Gurugram have managed to grow more than 2,500 hydroponic or soil-less plants on the premises of the school.
Earlier this year, the teachers of the school began an initiative to encourage students to be sensitive to the environment. To this end, the school has also started an eco-club.
Speaking to TOI, Manoj Kumar, a teacher in school, said that when he joined the teaching staff about nine months ago, he was perturbed by the lack of greenery in the school, and in a bid to change that, asked students to go to neighbouring areas and collect more plants.
The students did not disappoint! They diligently went around and collected around 170 plants in a week.
After the plants were procured, the school in Gurugram contacted ‘Give me Trees,’ a Delhi-based NGO which concentrates on community-based voluntary tree-planting and conservation. According to Kumar, the school trust suggested that students could be introduced to the hydroponic method of growing plants, and the NGO tied up with Honda, who donated Rs 3.5 lakhs towards the project. The school then chose the roof-top as the location for the project.
Vaneet Bhalla, a volunteer with ‘Give me Trees’ explains how hydroponic plants are easy to grow. Requiring less water compared to traditional plants, these plants only need certain nutrients, water and sunlight—all of which are readily available in the school.
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Growing plants is a great way to keep children occupied outdoors, and keep them away from gadgets. Kudos to the school in Gurugram and its teachers for this fantastic initiative!
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)