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.
Thank you very much for your continuous support in our initiation. Please help us spreading the words in your friends and families network. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments on our work. Frequent updates are also posted in our Facebook, Twitter and Blog related to our programs and activities.
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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Belated Happy New Year 2014 to all our donors and supporters. Thank you all for the support and contributions made in the year 2013. Wish this New Year makes us capable of helping all the people who are distressed and in need of help and support.
“Lots of businessman visits our village every year to collect “Kurilo” (Local name of Aspiragus). I always wondered how those businessmen benefit from collecting grasses from our village as we used to feed it to our cattle’s. From this 2 day training program, I realized the use and benefits of Kurilo in our day to day life” – Anup Rana, Student of grade 5, Shree Tribhuvan Primary School, Bahun Bhyanjyang, Bandipur-7, Tanahun District.
Above is a feedback that we had received from a student after organizing 2 days Herbal Garden training program in December in a school, located at hilly region of Tanahun District. A total of 30 participants including students, teachers and local youths were trained towards developing herbal garden in school through organizing a demonstration plot in the school. During the program, participants were made aware on the need and importance of Herbal Plants, Herbal Garden and how to maintain herbal garden through practical hands-on activities. Preparation of herbarium and seasonal calendar was also shared with the participants so that they could also learn about the documentation of herbs and their harvest seasons.
Thank you for your continuous support and contribution towards our initiation of preserving herbs and education our upcoming generation towards its need and importance. Please share our project information within your friends and families network in order to increase the impact of your funding support and the program in our community. We seek your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our work. You can also get update from our Facebook page and through Twitter regarding our programs and activities.
With the promotion and publicity of Herbal Garden program being initiated from ECCA in different schools, we are now receiving lots of Expression of Interest from different schools towards developing Herbal Garden in their school periphery. Among the request received from different schools, we are being very selective towards the schools for the implementation of program. Selective in a sense that, the school where Herbal Garden program is implemented needs to replicate the idea and concept in other schools located in nearby periphery so that we do not require to reach all the schools for program implementation.
Shree Kalidhunga Higher Secondary School and Shree Majhgau Lower Secondary School of Mirge VDC, Dolkha District are two new schools where we have recently trained the students towards establishing Herbal Garden in their school. In this two day training program, 25 students involved from two schools were very much exited to develop Herbal Garden in their school, as this is a completely new concept and program for them.
“During this 2 day training program, I saw the feeling of harmony and sharing between students. And this is a very good sign of team work between students. I hope this program will increase the social bonding between the elder and smaller children, which we cannot teach the students through our course study. I thank ECCA and the trainers for implementing this program in our School” – Mr. Dhurba Pakhrin, Teacher, Shree Majhgau Lower Secondary School.
As the training program was organized in the school periphery of Majghau School, the students of Shree Kalidhunga Higher Secondary School were very much eager to implement their learning in their school periphery.
We express our deep gratitude towards your help and supporting us to bring change in our schools and the students through our programs. Without YOUR SUPPORT we would not have been able to bring the changes. Furthermore, we would like to request you to share the information of our project within your friends and families network in order to receive continuous support for funding the program in other schools. We would like to request you to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets regarding our programs and activities.
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