Sampling an urban forest
As part of CEE's Information Facilitation Centre (IFC) field visit package, the students of standard 12 of Mahatma Gandhi International School visited an urban forest in Manekbaugh Society of Ahmedabad.
Once a barren land, the area of 8,500 sq m is now an urban forest with the determined efforts of CEE under the Ahmedabad Green Partnership programme of Ahmedabad Municipal
Corporation. Students carried out a study of plant population using random quadrat Method. The quadrats were laid at different spots, in shade and in full sun exposure. Along with plant identification, parameters like frequency percentage, density and abundance for each species were calculated, to get an idea of distribution of herbaceous flora in the area. Students found it interesting to observe the differences in distribution of the plant species in
different light and soil conditions within the same area. Moreover, they also learnt about
determining overall diversity of vegetation.
A day with the Potter
As a part of the Sustainable School Programme, Euro Kids Pre-schoolers visited a potter's place in Vastrapur village in Ahmedabad. The children were shown how different types of soil are mixed together to make the mixture which is used to make pots. The process of getting dry mud in various forms and mixing and binding them with fodder etc. was demonstrated. The little ones had hands-on experience, each one making diyas (clay lamps)
on the potter's wheel. Children were curious to know how the potter could mould so well on the wheel.
“We have kind of cut our children from their surroundings, as we try to be overprotective and
in the process alienate them from the simple joys of life such as playing with mud, water etc.”, commented one of the teachers who shared her students' enjoyment of the pottery experience.
Shaili Pant and Priya Nair of CEE facilitated the visit.