Education
 Nepal
Project #12888

Herbal Garden Education for Students In Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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ECCA has been providing herbal garden education as well as gardening tools to enthusiastic school nature clubs since 2012. The objective was to provide young students an opportunity to be familiar with the use of medicinal and aromatic plants such that indigenous knowledge is also passed onto younger generation. Recent program included saplings and gardening tools support to two schools.

The program at Medha Secondary School, Bhaktapur started at 10 am on 9th November, 2016 and continued up to 3 pm. ECCA supported the nature club with 128 herbal plants and flowering plants as well as 4 spades, 4 pitchfork, 1 watering can, 1 bucket and 1 jug.

"There is a lot of space at the backyard of the school, which was unutilized. The house next to the backyard used to throw all their kitchen wastage and other rubbish at that space", shared one of the students. The foul smell and dirty scenario was noticed by the members of the nature club. As the members of the nature club were always passionate about gardening and the impact it can have on school environment, they initiated gardening program in co-ordination of ECCA. "I am glad we are finally able to turn this wasteland into something useful", shared one of the participants. "Thank you so much for the support." Now, the nature club has aimed for sustainable maintenance of the garden.

Similarly, ECCA supported the Saraswoti Secondary School nature club (in Thecho, Lalitpur) with 102 flowering and herbal plants, 4 spade, 4 pitchfork, 1 bucket and 1 jug. This nature club is actively functioning since 8 years.

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Planting saplings during gardening program

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Students jointly plant saplings

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Before and after the gardening in Medha Secondary School; site A

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Students plant saplings around the school premises

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Before and after the gardening in Medha Secondary School; site B

The support has proven to be a huge encourgament for nature club of both the schools. We thank you for your support for making this possible.

“You reap what you sow.”

Bal Batawaran Nature Club of Shree Kali Devi Higher Secondary School of Lalitpur has been working hard since April 2015 earthquake to re-engage fellow school peers into creative activities. Now, three months long hard work of the club to rebuild school herbal garden is finally showing positive outcome as the garden is slowly flourishing back.

The garden was in ruins with the construction of temporary classrooms (which were built after the collapse of previous classrooms). Since then, the club has worked hard to bring all students together to re-establish the garden. Because of less fertile soil within the garden premise, the club also brought fertile soil from outside to plant herbal saplings.

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Club members water the plants after school

“We have been watering and looking after the plants every day after school classes are over”, shares a nature club member. “Following discussion within the club, now each of the class is rotationally looking after the garden. Especially, class 8, 9 and 10 are active in garden protection”, shared Mr. Govinda, the nature club supervisor.

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Herbal garden in care 

The garden now has over 20 local species of herbal plants. Among them are Acorus Calamus, Cymbopogon citrates, Justicia adhahota, Ocimum sanctum etc. The garden is slowly rejuvenating and the club is hopeful that it will be as beautiful as it was once.

We thank you for the continued support.

More than a year ago, Shree Kali Devi Higher Secondary School of Lalitpur had a herbal garden flourishing more than any of the schools in Southern Lalitpur. The earthquake however, brought hindrance to the progress. When buildings around the garden collapsed, the garden got destroyed as well.

Now that the school is recovering with classroom reconstruction and re-establishment of comfortable environment for students, the school nature club, students and teachers have jointly started putting efforts to rebuild the garden.

“The garden meant a lot to us. It was a matter of hard work and amount of effort we put that got us sad when we saw it vanish beneath the rubbles”, said a grade eight student. “But we knew someday we would rebuild it again.”

According to the nature club supervising teacher, working in teamwork has created a bonding between teachers and students as well. "Knowing about herbal garden through ECCA counselors and building one was one of the most memorable experiences in 2013", he said with a smile. "I am glad we are creating the garden again" he added.

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NC supervising teacher (front right) works with his students
 
mStudents engage through teamwork!

 

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Herbal gardening in school premises is one of the major activities of nature clubs in Southern Lalitpur, Nepal. After herbal gardens grown by clubs got destroyed, along with other school infrastructures, during the April earthquake of 2015, it has been very difficult to motivate students into re-establishing them. Herbal garden became a secondarily prioritized subject while the students were struggling to find a safe place to study. Now that the normal life is slowly recovering, ECCA held a meeting with nature club teachers and school representatives last month and thereby planned to organize Herbal Garden Competition this year among 9 of its project schools in Southern Lalitpur so as to encourage them to get involved into its re-establishment.  

Ever since the concept of the competition was circulated, the nature clubs are relentlessly trying to re-establish herbal gardens in their open school premises. “It is difficult to find a place again mainly because many schools were compelled to build Temporary Learning Centres across the compound during emergency period”, says one of the nature club teachers. Some nature clubs are also facing another problem - lack of water. In the present context, many villages have water access in homes but direct supply to the schools is absent. At some places, people have to fetch water from far even for the purpose of drinking. This absence of proper accessibility to water has brought difficulties in gardening the plants.

“Despite all these difficulties, I believe we can re-establish the garden”, says one of the nature club members. “It’s all about teamwork and effort, isn’t it?” His words have encouraged all to contribute for herbal garden restoration.

The timeline for the best herbal garden judgement and announcement of the winner is scheduled in the month of Sep-Oct, so students can have plenty of time to nourish herbal plants. ECCA hopes that this competition will once again bring nature clubs closer to the environment. 

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IMG_8479School Compounds being used to make Temporary Learning Centre to replace destroyed classrooms

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Dear all,

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) is currently in its 29th year of establishment. Over the years, we have succeeded in making significant improvements in the sector of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), school environment, community development, promotion of alternate and renewable technologies (A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps,  ICS training) and even conservation related entrepreneurship. We can proudly say that our actions have helped people change their lives. Women in Jajarkot have learnt to invest in income generating activities through saving and credit schemes initiated among their own group. Children of Dolakha have learnt to initiate community awareness programs on their own. Our actions have made a difference in a sense that each trained member in the society now bears a sense of responsibility. The earthquake was however a turning phase for all but it proved more of a reason to work harder right from renovation and rebuilding to development that offers sustainability. From construction of Temporary Learning Centers to formation of nature club in schools, we have been attempting to bring progressive change from local to national level.

This note, henceforth, is to remind each of you contributors for your priceless support because all our successful attempts would have not been possible without you. To all supporters who are incessantly helping us in every way, be it on site volunteering or project donations, we express our heartfelt gratitude. To every heart out there that believes in us, we are thankful.

Considering the present hardships (due to cold weather) being faced by the earthquake affected people (who are still living in temporary makeshift shelters), ECCA recently initiated a campaign Win Against Winter. We're sure we'll receive support from each one of you as well.

We wish to move on with your ever-growing aspiration to help our motives.

Furthermore, we have prepared a short 2 minute video on our post-earthquake activities. We look forward to receiving your response on it.

Thank you!

ECCA Nepal

 

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Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

Location: Lalitpur, Bagmati - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​www.ecca.org.np
Project Leader:
Prachet Kumar Shrestha
Team Leader
Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal

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