With the help of Hafiz Khan’s initiative, children in Chennai are learning nature-conservation. The programme is called ‘Become a Little Farmer’ and is founded by Hafiz Khan, the founder of E-Zone, and teammate, Edward Eltham. They guide children through the process of farming via WhatsApp.
Kids are asked to develop a mini Vendhaya Keerai farm in their house. Every day at 10.30 in the morning, they’re asked to post the growth pictures of Keerai.
While you can plan similar activities and involve your students in the farming/plantation process, you can take this opportunity to share with them the benefits of looking after the plants around them. You could give them a science lesson on how CO2 is converted to O2 by plants and why it is so necessary for plants to not get extinct because if they do, so would the humankind. They could also be taught about bio-fertilizers, the process, gains and limitation.
There could also be some general knowledge lessons like - Did you know, Jadav Payeng is known as the Forest Man of India. He earned this name after spending 30 years of his life planting trees, creating a real man-made forest of 550 hectares.
For number-lovers, there is a chance for Math lessons, too! The young students could be taught to calculate the time and manpower to plant a certain amount of trees in contrast to what they are doing.
Basically the sky is the limit with trees, no pun intended! Such activities will show them how a sapling grows and what all goes into developing a small flower that humans do not even think twice before plucking. In this way, the next time they are in their mini garden or see flora, they will appreciate its worth. But most importantly, by doing so, we’ll be contributing toward a generation that is Nature-sensitive, that will not tear down forests after forests for selfish motives.
For ‘Become a Little Farmer’ program, check their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ezoneINDIA.co.in/
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