‘Paryavaran Mitra’ Schools Celebrate World Wetlands Day in Uttar Pradesh

‘Paryavaran Mitra’ Schools Celebrate World Wetlands Day in Uttar Pradesh

CEE North facilitated the visit of ‘Paryavaran Mitra’ school groups to wetlands in Bareilly and Jalaun districts on the occasion of World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2018.

A group of 22 students and five teachers from Shri Guru Nanak Rikkhi Singh Girls Inter College, Bareilly visited the wetland known as Chuka beach as part of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. They observed aquatic flora and fauna such as Cormorant, Darter, Common Coot, Spotted Duck, Lapwing, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Open bill Stork, Black Ibis, Turtles, Frogs, Paila, Leech, Ducks, a variety of fishes and water plant species.

From Jalaun district, Government High School, Mohana, Orai and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Dakor, Orai visited a nearby pond. Over 46 students and seven teachers explored the wetland and made observation about common birds found there. Educational material provided by CEE was referred in identifying them. They also observed fishes, water grasses, and frog species available in the pond. They were also briefed about role of wetlands and its importance.

‘Padyatra’ by Clean Ganga Clubs in Varanasi

The students from the Clean Ganga Club in Arya Mahila P. G. College, Shri Ambedkar Harsh Balika Inter College and Harsh Inter College of Varanasi raised awareness about cleanliness and sanitation by organising various ‘Padyatras’ in February. It also focused on motivating community members for their participation in keeping the city and its ghats clean.

On February 12, over 25 students and 2 teachers of Arya Mahila P. G. College took out ‘Padyatra’ from Rajendra Prasad ghat to Sheetala ghat. The students also presented a nukkad natak at Dashaswamedh and Sheetala ghat. Moreover, on February 16, 2018, Shri Ambedkar Harsh Balika Inter College and Harsh Inter College with over 300 and 700 students, respectively, joined their teachers in raising awareness about cleanliness and sanitation in various nearby wards and residential areas of the schools. Students during this interacted with community members, vendors and other stakeholders.

Clean Ganga Club programme is implemented by CEE North with the support from Varanasi Municipal Corporation as part of JICA assisted Ganga Action Plan. Currently, there are 100 schools and colleges associated with the same.