Aims Academy (which has grade 1 to 12) located in Lagankhel, Lalitpur, Nepal had initiated the herbal garden program in the year 2010. Though the available open space inside the school premises is quite limited, the students have well managed the garden. Student groups have been formed to work in the garden according to daily routine. Being interested, even the watchman is putting his efforts towards gardening. Around 15 species of herbal plants are preserved in this garden; some of them are Sarpagandha (Rauvolfia spilanthus), Alovera, kapur, lemon grass, etc. This school was awarded for having the best herbal garden in the year 2011.
Water scarcity is the major problem that people in Kathmandu are facing today. It is so, in this school as well. Despite the need to buy water, the school is watering the garden ….. whenever it rains, the school and students feel very happy that their herbal plants gets nourished. To put in the garden, the students themselves also prepare organic manure from the leaves and weeds.
Ms. Sunita Maharjan teacher and in-charge for herbal garden informs that all the students (those who spend time in tending the plants as well as other students) have benefitted. She adds, “The herbal garden helps the students to recognize and learn about the herbal plants. Students enjoy observing the plants grow, and also the greenery of the school is maintained.”
Though there are many difficulties in gardening in such a congested place, the school has made a great effort to maintain the herbal garden.
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On 23rd December 2014, a group of international delegates representing various schools of Bhutan, visited ECCA to observe and learn about the Herbal Garden program being implemented in different schools. The program was initiated with a sharing of introduction and objective of herbal garden initiative in schools by ECCA. Followed by a field visits to various schools, the guests had a meeting and interactions with the students to know about their experience in managing the garden.
With the visit of international delegates, the teachers and students were highly motivated and encouraged to maintain and manage the herbal garden developed in their school compound. The interaction of students and teachers were felt lively as there were two way learning between students as well as guest on various herbs and use of those herbal plants. A small surprise in the field visit was made when the guest were served with the tea prepared from the herbs grown in the herbal garden. All the delegates highly appreciated the effort and hospitality through utilizing the home grown product in serving them.
The students felt this visit of international guests as a reward to them for their dedication and commitment towards managing herbal garden in their school as it is very rare to have international guests visiting their school. Ms. Alisha, member of herbal garden coordinating team of AIMS Academy expressed “Thank you ECCA for supporting our herbal garden and selecting our school to bring international guest to show our initiation and activities. We feel this as a big reward for us towards our work and dedication in our school.”
Ms. Tshering Bhomo representing MOAF, Bhutan expressed “I really appreciate and admire the energy, initiation and enthusiasm that these students have towards managing Herbal Garden in their school. This really encourages me to replicate the program in the school where I am working in Bhutan. This field trip is really a good learning experience for me. Thanks to ECCA for organizing this trip and thanks to all the students for showing and sharing their herbal garden to us.”
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Sushila peeked outside the classroom. The sun glazed landscapes of Mirge made the impression of being from another time and place, making her wish her class was a little bit more interesting than it was. Her classmates and the teacher had the usual spectacle going on; the teacher was talking about a particular subject that she found was more interesting yesterday than it was today while her classmates agreed, non-verbally. As much as she was a part of it, she couldn’t help thinking about the events scheduled for the coming week.
Sushila is a member of the Nature Club of Laligurans Bright Future English Boarding School in Mirge and would be participating in ‘Herbal Garden Training’ program organized by ECCA. The objective of the training program was to help the teachers and members of nature clubs of four participating schools in Mirge kick-start herbal garden in their school premises. Sushila was both curious and enthusiastic about the program. In a way, this was exactly what she had been looking for. Different from the regular classes, new faces were teaching her about a subject that she had seldom thought about would be introduced in her school. She wanted to know what exactly this would be.
The process started with collecting the participants and planning. It was a bit overwhelming at first, as she had little idea to go about it. When she looked at her friends for help, similar quizzical gazes were reflected on their faces. All the squinting first brought on chuckles, but after a while, when the importance of the program was explained to them, Sushila got serious, like the rest. Planning and implementation was next in line and the work was divided between Sushila and her friends. Without further ado, they were committed into the work they were assigned to – all to convert the dumping site behind their school building into a pleasant garden.
As they dug the ground, planted and watered the saplings, Sushila was proud of her work. She took mental notes of what had to be done with the plants, as her muddied hands dug and created space for new plants to breathe into life. Sushila wanted to let her family know of what they had done that day, and even lend her experience for the work at home. She had toiled with her friends to make a land that had been at waste bring back to life and she was encouraged by the idea to do more. For her, this was one of the definite ways of making her school more interesting.
Students like Sushila should be given an opportunity about things that will make them enthusiastic about learning. We thank you for the help you’ve been providing us with, and request you to spread the word about our projects, so that many more Sushilas may find in them the determination to do something more. Your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our work are highly appreciated. For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Channel and Blog.
A spadeful of determination and a pinch of optimism – two things that nature club members of Laxmi Secondary School in Bhere of Punma VDC, Jajarkot discovered in themselves during a series of educational outreach programs conducted by ECCA. The educational sessions lasted from May 2 to 4, 2014 and were focused on cultivating a herbal garden in the school compound. Pretty easy, right?
Students were asked to bring plants that they thought had precious nutritional and medical value on attending first day, to be planted after digging up the land of the school. While all the 25 participants were active and took up their work seriously, they were met with a series of problems. The barren land proved too difficult to dig properly and soon enough, students were feeling frustrated and defeated by the entire project. But the leader students of the club, mainly Danika and Hemanta turned the tables and beat the odds. These grade 9th students, who are the President and Secretary of Laxmi Nature Club, kept on working despite the difficulties, not stopping to join in with the collective frustration. They took it upon themselves to get the job done, Danika doing so despite a nasty cut in her hand. Soon, other participants followed suit and the work was finished in no time. The second day, the plantation program had even more participants than the previous day. The students worked their magic and created a lively, educational and productive environment to turn the land green.
Similar programs were also conducted in Saraswoti Secondary School in Punma 1 from May 8 to 9, 2014 with 12 participants and Bijaya Secondary School in Kafalchaur, Punma from May 11 to 12, 2014 with 14 participants. Native plants with medicinal value were planted. The training aimed to raise the students’ interest in and understanding the local herbs in their community. The program also encouraged the students to conserve these native species so that they will be available to be used by future generations. The training was also followed by plant tagging and preparation of a herbarium for their future reference.
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With the increasing popularity of herbal garden in schools, more and more request for the implementation and extension of this program is on raise. In the month of March, as a follow-up activities of Nature Club, a herbal garden orientation and development training of three days was organized in a school of Bandipur. Students seemed very eager towards the development of herbal garden in their school compound.
A very interesting incident occurred during the training program. The first day went very smoothly with plantation of some herbs in the compound. On the second day, when the participants arrived in the training venue, we saw that all the plants planted in the earlier day were grazed by animals during evening hours. Keeping the spirit of the students alive, students made a fencing in the herbal garden constructed in the school. Ms. Tak Maya Gurung, Nature Club Facilitator teacher of Tribhuvan Nature Club expressed that she hadn’t saw such a spirit among the students during the development of herbal garden in any other program. She also thanked the facilitator Mr. Bipin for facilitating the training program in the school.
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