Friday, January 7, 2011

The students of Mumbai’s Udayachal High School learn wildlife conservation in Melghat

The students of Godrej’s Mumbai-based Udayachal high school took lessons in conservation in Melghat Tiger Reserve through a special five day long training course. The course concluded successfully recently at the Muthawa community Resource centre of Nature Conservation Society, Amravati (NCSA) near Harisal in Melghat.

Around 23 students from Standard 6 to 8 participated in the training course. This special course has been launched by NCSA for schools since 2009, and Pune-based Krishnamurthy Foundation’s Sahyadri International school and Indus School of Indore had received the benefit of this course earlier.

“The short course has received overwhelming response from schools and two more institutes will undergo this course this year,” Dr. Anil Asole, President of Nature Conservation Society, Amravati (NCSA) said.

The students learnt modules like bio-diversity conservation, sustainable development and energy conservation. They learned these modules through different learning tools and methods like field assignments, nature games, group discussions and power point presentations.

Experts like Kishor Rithe, Prof. Nishikant Kale, "Green teacher" Prakash Laddha and Prof. Sawan Deshmukh conducted the modules at NCSA’s community resource centre at Melghat, in the buffer of Melghat Tiger Reserve and in tribal villages.

The school teachers Mr. Barun Shill, Ms.Asmita Jadhav and Mrs. Nutan Pandya were impressed to see the change among their students after this course. Mr.Amol Sontakke, Mr.Pradeep Thakare, Mr. Sachin Ingole, Neharu Yewale, Gajanan Shaniware and Maroti Shaniware made great efforts to make this course successful.

(Photo attached:Students in the forest of Melghat and group picture at Community Resource Centre at Muthawa, Melghat)

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