45 students escorted by 2 teachers from Khaitan Public School, Noida visited the sylvan surroundings of CEIS noida at sector54 on Dec.21,'13. CEIS, Citizen's Environment Improvement Society is an NGO working on environmental concerns. It has its several projects functioning within a green belt adjoining the sewage treatment plant. One of its objectives is to organise environment education programmes for schools, RWAs, offices and institutions.
Cdr Nagpal, Vice President CEIS, during his initiation talk said, " Many of us do not realise that it is in our self-interest that we have to address the environment concerns. By doing so we would be handing down a better environment to the coming generations. Therefore, protection of environment is a prerequisite for sustainable development". Mr Pawa took the students around the herbal garden and apprised them of the medicinal herbs that can be grown in the soil and climatic conditions of Noida. He also emphasized on preservation of biodiversity, towards which each and every individual has a responsibility. Wg Cdr Mathur conducted an intriguing tour around the vermicomposting site. The students were thrilled to see and handle worms, the recycling miracles in the soil that decompose the biodegradable waste into a useful compost. He brought home the point that fertile living soil means healthy crops, animals and human beings.
Vandana Saxena, who coordinated the programme on behalf of CEIS believes that for imparting environmental education to school children such programmes should be non-formal and must have activity-based learning. Rakhi Mittal engaged students for an hands-on experience of growing herbal plants in containers made of discarded plastic bottles. The students were awe-struck by the natural green surroundings and open atmosphere of CEIS. They were seated informally on the lawns, parapets of plant beds and under the trees. They were given an ultimate experience of an outdoor classroom, peaceful and beautiful under the shade of trees sitting scattered in the undulating scapes of grassy ground of CEIS.
There was a drawing competition on the theme- 'Green earth-Beautiful earth' . Dr Sonia Ahuja, one of the judges, found the entries very innovative and striking. But she shared that the term 'Green Earth' has a wider ramification. She said that 'Green earth does not mean just green trees. Apart from trees there are other things too which make the earth beautiful. Green earth also implies biodiversity and the ecological balance thereof' which together attribute to the health and beauty of earth. Madhusmita and Anu, both TGT Science , who accompanied the students were impressed with the beyond the class-room set-up of lessons on environment. They found the place very conducive for teaching- learning snd expressed their desire to visit again with other classes too. They could not think of an more appropriate place to sensitise students towards conservation of environment .
The students put up an impromptu skit-'Antique Tree' which was a satire on how human beings would react if the trees became endangered because of unabated and indiscriminate deforestation. The trees would be seen as antique pieces .A few students read out self-composed poems extolling the wisdom of keeping the environment clean and green. They were also given an option to collect leaves waste of their school and dump them for vermicomposting at CEIS instead of burning them.They bought bags of vermicompost for their school garden.Apart from the potted herbal plants received by the prize winners of the drawing competition each student was also given a medicinal plant sapling as a parting gift.