Class 8 students from Vidyaranya High School, Hyderabad, came to The Kaigal Valley between the 20th and 24th of this month. It was a very interesting, enjoyable and interactive environment education program. Students were involved in a very diverse range of hands-on activities such as learning different crafts from our craft persons to working on the herb garden and nursery. They also learnt to study tree diversity in the forest. The best part of it all was of course the fun and frolic in the waterfall, streams and pools. We had Rupert with us who was an inspiration to students.
Seen below are the interactions between Students of Vidyaranya and Craft persons.
Fun at the Kaigal Fall & some serious community work at Namalavanka
Catch the rain where it falls! Building rain water trenches in an afforestation site in the Kaigal Forest. Along with the students are seen Raghu, Srividya and Sumitra.
Every year for the last 6 years KEEP organizes a day for interaction between the children from the local schools and the Sanctuary and class 7, Valley School students. This year the main topics were on the Social Sciences.
The Social Sciences Day took place on Thursday the 8th and was a big hit. Class 7 students from The Valley School, Bangalore and the students of the Sanctuary Schools at Kalligutta, Mugiluravu and Namalavanka villages participated in the program held at The Kaigal Center. The event began as per plan at 9.00 AM and continued till 1.30 PM. The theme of the day was “Diversity: Ecosystems & People”. The main topics around which students had researched and presented were People, Forests, Biodiversity and Conservation.
Three small skits on the need for an awareness on advertisements were put up by the Valley children. There were also fun and games. Traditional board games such as “Cowka bara”, Sudoku and Funky cubes, Kabaddi & Lagori were major attractions of the day for the children. Not to forget the yummy laddus & Nippat that followed!
The participation of schools from the Baireddipally and V Kota Mandalam was very good. Almost 200 students from the nearby villages came for the program and the presentations by the students from the Sanctuary schools and The Valley School were very interesting and thought provoking.
The day provided enough opportunities for interactions in an atmosphere of learning, between children from different places and communities and broke barriers. It was great work by the Kaigal team and Valley teachers from the middle school.
This was part of the class 7 visit to Kaigal. For more information and pics. on their 4 days at KEEP see Activities.
A workshop conducted by Dr. Gopal Sharma a teacher from The Valley School, for the older students and the teachers of the Sanctuary Schools. They made boxes, tables and small shelves using newspaper and old cardboard boxes.
Jayapal our teacher from Vengamvaripalli has taken to documenting diversity in a big way. He is a natural wild life enthusiast. These are some of the birds he sited at night in the bushes. Photos were taken by Manvendra.
Raghu an ex-student of the Sanctuary School now works at Kaigal. He takes care of the nursery and the land. Raghu and Manvendra are seen designing rain water trenches in different patterns.
With Social Science Day fast approaching our students are busy doing projects and field studies and getting ready with presentations. These are some pictures taken when Naresh, Somasekar and Bhupathi prepared Land Use Maps and conducted community surveys of Mugilurevu and Kalligutta villages.
Manvendra’s journey into the wild at Kaigal