With the dedicated efforts of teachers and students alike, the once barren land is now a veritable farm that grows vegetables like brinjal, bottle gourd, spinach, coriander, cucumber, and ridge gourd as well as fruits like banana and papaya.
Several educational institutions across India are going green and introducing intensive environment-centric initiatives which set the right example for children and help them to reconnect with nature.
We, at The Better India, have covered many such stories where private institutions and government schools in both rural and urban areas have become active crusaders of the environment by managing their waste properly as well as increasing their green patch. You can read these stories here.
An exceptional example amidst these schools and colleges is the 108-year-old government higher primary school in Mittur village near Mangaluru. Stretching across 4.5 acres, the area around the school once used to be barren and unused.
However, today, the premises of the Kannada-medium school present a different story altogether.
With the dedicated efforts of teachers and students alike, the barren land has been transformed into a veritable farm that harvests a yield amounting to approximately ₹3-4 lakh per year!
Having begun with planting approximately 650 areca saplings along the campus with the help of the School Development and Monitoring Committee (SDMC) and local residents, the school today has coconut and plantain plantations, and also grows medicinal plants and vegetables including brinjal, bottle gourd, spinach, coriander, cucumber, and ridge gourd as well as fruits like banana and papaya.
“We produce various types of vegetables and fruits in our garden. We use it for the mid-day meal, and the excess is sold,” said headmaster Mohan PM to the Times of India.
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What makes their effort even more commendable is the fact that the school only has 112 students and eight staff members, and all of them have been enthusiastically involved in not just maintaining their vegetable gardens but also keeping the school premises clean.
Thanks to a generous personal monetary donation by Adam Mittur, the SDMC president, and support from local members in the region, the school recently underwent a transformation. Additionally, funds routed by the Indian Railways have led to the setting up of rainwater harvesting and waste segregating units.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)