Conservation through Education - Third Workshop & Award Ceremony
The first year of the environmental education program in 24 residential schools of Melghat was concluded with the award ceremony on 6th Feb 2018 at Semadoh Ecotourism complex in Melghat Tiger Reserve. The program was attended by 29 teachers and 25 students from 15 schools. The Chief Guest was Field Director, Mr. M. S. Reddy accompanied by DCF Sipna Division Mr. Madhay Raj, ACFs Mr. Toro and Mr. Bharat Jadhav and Ecologist Mr. Anirudh Chaoji. WRCS was represented by Dr. Prachi Mehta, Mr. Aniket Motale, Mr. Nikhil Jambhale and Mr. Shubham Singh. WWF-India was represented by Mr. Michael Saldanha, Ms. Caroline Pais, Mr. Mrinal Ghosh and Mr. Vishal Kumar.
The purpose of the workshop was to celebrate and acknowledge the schools, teachers and students that performed well in the first year of the education program. With this intention the participating teachers and two students from each Ashram shala were invited for a prize distribution function during the workshop. The first session of the workshop had presentations from the students and teachers. There were spot quizzes and games for the teachers to assess their understanding of the education program.
In the second session the Chief guest and Forest officers interacted with the teachers and students and distributed the prizes. The award details are as follows:
Best Green School: Winner – Ashram Shala, Hatru, Chikhaldara
1st Runner-up – Ashram School of Harisal
2nd Runner-up – Biju Dhawadi Asharam School
Best Teachers: Winner - Ashram Shala, Hatru
1st Runner-up – Govt. Ahram School Tembrusonda
2nd Runner-up – Ashram School of Harisal
Best Students: Winner – Hemant Chavan, Harisal
1st Runner-up – Avinash Bethekar, Chikhali
2nd Runner-up – Pravin Bethekar, Jarida
The education program has started off on a positive note and has been well received by the teachers and students. From the second year, the program will be based on experiential learning and hands on education program.
This programme is being implemented as part of the project “Integrated Habitat Conservation and Eco-development in Vidarbha Tiger Landscape” supported by IUCN in which WRCS is a partner with Forest Department.