GURUGRAM: A number of city-based schools have taken up the bludgeon to safeguard the Aravalis, sensitizing their students to protect their green zone that plays a key role in maintaining the ecological balance in Gurgaon and its surrounding areas.
MatriKiran School (Sohna road), Suncity World School (Sector 54) as well as Lancers International School (DLF-5) among others, are integrating in protecting the environment as a topic with their existing syllabuses and adopting new extracurricular activities with a focus on the Aravalis to spread awareness about its flora and fauna. School organise a tour to the Aravali hills, eco-adventure camps at the foothills and hold story-telling sessions on various aspects of environment for their students.
The students are also encouraged to plant on their campus saplings of species, like anthocephalus, bombax ceiba, anogeissus pendula, ficus glomerata and acacia nilotica, among others, which are largely found in the Aravalis.
It’s a high time that the children got to know about the importance of environment, particularly the Aravali hills. The students were amazed to see the rich biodiversity with such propinquity. Construction activities should be stopped there, said Abhidi a student of X standard. Also, it is our responsibility to protect the city’s environment and preserve it for our future. We must protect the Aravali forests and its water bodies said a student of MatriKiran. So, we are not only making the Aravalis a part of the curriculum but also integrating environment with different subjects while teaching,” said Jyoti Guha, principal, MatriKiran School.
Rupa Chakravarty, principal, Suncity World School stressed on the need to teach children about how to preserve our environment right from the early days of life.
Rohit Mann, director, Lancers International School, said “the school recently organised a visit to Aravali Biodiversity Park and the students were amazed to see the rich biodiversity in such propinquity,” he claimed.
The trips are showing positive results. Now there are hardly any trees and water bodies in our surroundings. We must protect the Aravali forests and its water bodies for a better future as well as for the coming generation.