“….You need not worry about the education system for children. Better to take them to nature. They will naturally learn what they need to know about life…..” Prof. Santendranath Basu
In 2009, Amrita Gupta designed a unique proposal for Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan to bring the students into the forest to provide them practical green education. KV authority approved this for their Kolkata region. Many schools like Fort William, Cossipore, Salt Lake, Command Hospital, Ballygaunge, etc. send their students with us initially in Bethuadahari Later on Sundarban. The students learned many more things that they never heard before. They came to know about wildlife rescue rehabilitation, Flora Fauna identification, bird watching, how to conserve forest & wildlife, the life of forest-villagers, etc. The initiative was highly appreciated by the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India. West Bengal Forest department also extend their full cooperation. Under her able leadership, 20 lakh visitors were motivated in Alipur zoological garden during the ‘waste not – tease not’ campaign (a collaborative venture with Central Zoo Authority). She loves to
motivate students towards green education. She feels that let the students know about wildlife and their contribution to ecological balance. If we can rekindle the love for nature among others especially students they shall come forward to protect wildlife. In 2011 on behalf of the department of school education, Govt. of West Bengal, she designed a roadshow to celebrate forest week. Under the project ‘Green Mission’ 6000 students got training on the importance of plantations to mitigate climate change. This endeavor was appreciated by Hon’ble C.M. Smt. Mamata Banerjee.
Embark on an Educational Eco-Tour with Aranyaj Society:
Aranyaj Society has been at the forefront of organizing educational eco-tours since 2008, and the response from students has been nothing short of remarkable. In collaboration with the State Forest Department, we have created a unique project for Kendriya Vidyalaya students in the Kolkata region. Over the years, we have taken more than 5000 students on unforgettable journeys to various protected forests in West Bengal. What started as a pleasurable outing for students quickly transformed into a captivating educational experience, igniting a genuine interest in the wonders of nature. This overwhelming response has inspired us to sustain this venture as a continuous process.
In the modern context, hands-on education holds immense value, as recognized by the eminent scientist, Prof. Santendranath Basu, in the early 1950s. In his influential speech in Japan in 1953, he wisely stated, “….You need not worry about the education system for children. Better to take them to nature. They will naturally learn what they need to know about life…..” Today, this concept has gained global acceptance, with leaders, administrators, and policymakers embracing its significance. India, too, cannot remain isolated from this progressive approach. Eco-education proves to be far more effective for students than the traditional system, offering a transformative learning experience.
The Eco-Tour Project, designed by Aranyaj Society, is dedicated to organizing educational eco-tours that focus on environmental assessments and provide students with valuable “Assessment Certificates” to support their career objectives. Our program encompasses two types of tours: Preliminary Eco Education (PEE) and Advanced Eco Education (AEE).
PEE is a single-day program that introduces students to the enchanting world of local flora and fauna. They visit renowned botanical and zoological gardens in Kolkata, Sundarban Jharkhali, South Khayerbari of Jaldapara National Park, Mashananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Ramnabagan Wildlife Sanctuary, Rayganj Koolic Bird Sanctuary, and other captivating spots nearby. This immersive experience allows students to develop a deep connection with the natural environment and enhances their understanding of the delicate balance of ecosystems.
AEE takes place at the magnificent Sundarban Tiger Reserve (STR), a bioclimatic zone unique to West Bengal. Students embark on an awe-inspiring journey, exploring Jharkhali, Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary, Sudhannya Khali, and Dobanki within the reserve. This extended program offers students hands-on learning opportunities, engaging environmental assessments, and the chance to interact with local communities. By immersing themselves in this vibrant ecosystem, students develop a profound appreciation for nature’s wonders and cultivate a sense of responsibility towards environmental conservation.
At Aranyaj Society, our ultimate goal is to foster a deep and lasting connection between students and their environment. We believe that by providing engaging educational experiences and practical assessments, we can nurture responsible global citizens who actively contribute to the preservation of our planet. Together, let us embark on this extraordinary journey of environmental education and awareness, shaping a greener and more sustainable future for generations to come.
Join us at Aranyaj Society as we strive to provide students with valuable educational experiences, kindle their love for nature, and empower them to become responsible global citizens committed to environmental conservation. Together, let’s embark on this remarkable journey towards a greener and sustainable future.
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