Kokrajhar, Sept. 16: The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) plan to involve schoolchildren living on the fringes of Manas National Park in conservation efforts.
As part of this campaign, the WTI-IFAW today organised a workshop, Animal Action Education, among teachers from different schools at the PWD guesthouse here.
The teachers, in turn, will educate students on the ways to preserve the forest and wildlife.
“The campaign has been launched to generate interest and awareness among students on forest and wildlife and its conservation. It is very important that the students of the local community understand the value of conservation as they will be the protectors of the wild tomorrow,” WTI volunteer Sanatan Deka said. “We are taking the help of teachers and students community in our conservation effort,” he added.
The aim is to sensitise and educate the children and local communities towards wildlife conservation, another WTI volunteer, Nizara Borgoyary, said. “Each year the IFAW launches a new education programme focusing on animals and the environment. This year’s theme is Asiatic elephant.”
The teachers were given material at the workshop for carrying out the campaign. The kit includes a lesson plan and a short documentary, Elephants Never Forget. “The documentary aims to educate students about wild elephants and their unique role in our shared world,” Borgoyary, said.
The teachers will hold programmes like drawing competition, quiz and write-up among students about wildlife, particularly on the theme, Asiatic elephant.
“Each school will send 15 to 20 best drawing for final section and prizes and certificates will be given to the best among them,” said Borgoyari.
Besides, prizes and certificates will be given to teachers and schools for best implementation of the campaign, she added.
She said the target was to reach out to maximum number of students and teachers on the fringe areas of greater Manas.