Reconnect children with Nature: Seeding the importance of conservation of the unique shola forest at the right age group in an enjoyable way.
Organic agriculture follows the laws of nature. The below mentioned 88 Eco Club students and 10 teachers from 8 rural Eco Club schools were exposed to 3 different Shola and grassland forests in Nilgiris. (Wet evergreen montane forest)
While the waste biomass accumulates, the children begin to discover and to learn the basic principles of organic agriculture. A field trip to an area of indigenous forest (Tropical montane evergreen forest/ shola and grassland forest) provides the springboard. Here they witness a self-sustaining integrated eco-system with natural mulch, humus formation, mixed species, diversity of wildlife and so on. As a comparison, they then visit an exotic forest of pine, eucalyptus, or wattle. The differences are apparent: only one species, no birds, sunlight burning the open forest floor, hard ground, little humus.
The eco-club members can easily grasp the parallels between shola forest and organic farming, and between exotic forest and conventional farming.
At the end of the programme a quiz was conducted to refresh what they have learned from the shola forest experience.
Sr.No Name of the school No of students No of Teachers Place
1 P.U.M.School ,Kollimalai 11 1 Glenmorgan Forest
2 P.U.M.School, Thenalai 12 2 Glenmorgan Forest
3 P.U.M.School, Sogathorai 9 1 Glenmorgan Forest
4 M.M.School, Attadi 12 1 Kodanadu Forest
5 M.M.School, Bandisolai 21 2 Kodanadu Forest
6 P.U.M.School, Kilkowatty 9 1 Pykara Forest
7 P.U.M.School, Adasolai 9 1 Pykara Forest
8 P.U.M.School, Odaikadu 5 1 Pykara Forest
Total: 88 10
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Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu