Environment awareness camp for school children ends
ZIRO, Nov 16: The environment awareness camp for school children at Pange, organized by Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) and Ngunu Ziro was concluded yesterday. 27 students from the government schools of Ziro participated in the camp.
A team of resource person and students led by the members of Local Coordinating Committee (LCC) at Ziro had left for the forest 15 kilometers from Hapoli on November 12 to create environment awareness among the students.
The eco-camp, first of its kind in the area, was packed with entertaining activities designed to educate the students on various aspects of human-environment relationships. The highlight of the camp was the demonstration of the friendly nature of snakes, most misunderstood creatures among the tribal people, by the resource persons. A snake was caught, passed around the participants so that each one could touch it, and lovingly released back in the forest, dissipating the sense of fear among the students. Participating schools included Tajang Secondary School, Dutta Middle School, TDP Middle School, Gandhi Middle School, Hapoli Secondary School, Lal Bhadur School, Siiro Primary School, Hong Middle School, Old Ziro Middle School and Hill Top Primary School.
The resource persons led by Hibu Tatu, Green Teacher engaged the students in collecting various data from the forest and encouraging them to make presentations in the groups. Nuances of the roles of wildlife in environment and harmful effects of plastic items were presented by Roto Chobin.
The eco-camp was organized as a part of the project entitled “Community-based Conservation in Talle Wildlife Sanctuary” being carried out by FGA in collaboration with Ngunu Ziro and supported by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). It is a research project to establish a baseline data of wildlife in the sanctuary and to use it to create awareness among the communities to get them actively involved in conservation activities.
Source: The Arunachal Times