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Students of CCS plant tree saplings in Viswema

Published on 26 Nov. 2012 11:21 PM IST
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In order to keep the students abreast of the awareness and importance and stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment a day long tour to promote caring for planet, educational tour based on the theme ‘Nurture Nature’ was under taken to Viswema village, Kohima by the staff and students Children’s Christian School, Kohima under the banner of School’s Eco Club.

This programme was necessitated to make the students have a firsthand experience in learning and understanding the consequences of rapid deforestation and its impact on our lives and the ecosystem and how important is to plant trees apart from the topic that is taught in the classrooms.

The tour team consisted of 35 students from class VIII to X along with the teaching staff and some local guides. Prior to the tour some members of the Eco Club and two teachers with permission from the Headmaster of the School approached the Forest Department, Kohima for some assistance in the form of obtaining saplings.

The forest department, Kohima on its part agreed to provide about 160 saplings of different species to the school. 
The tour started from the school campus, Mission compound Kohima on August 18 after a short prayer by the school chaplain.

The team reached the outskirts of Viswema Village and the way to the spot the team had a brief halt near Jakhama village to view the scenic picturesque of one side of the slope of the hill by the highway.

Thereafter, the team on reaching the spot alighted from the bus and had a brief discussion with the Headmaster of the school as the team leader.

The headmaster, being from the same village, explained to the students about the uniqueness of the beautiful and amazing mountain that stands tall and upright, that every year in the months of December and January young and old people from every nook and corner come to climb this mountain to take a view of the village and the neighboring villages from its top and enjoy their Tiffin.

Thereafter, the most adventurous part of the trek begins where all the trekkers go behind the other part of the mountain and collect wild plants to assist the sliding down on the soft, tall grasses, back to the base of the mountain which is used as hard-broom for sweeping purposes.

After this he explained the procedure to be followed while planting the saplings; apart from the basics like removing the bag around them, placing them in the pit, fixing a tree guard around them, filled the pit with mud and watering the plants.

After this briefing the team moved to a selected site with the help of the local guides and came upon a wasteland owing to Jhum cultivation.

The team first of all cleared the weeds and burned them. The team then divided into four groups with specific assigned works. One group was made to carefully remove the bags around the saplings, while one group was made to dig the earth to a specific depth for the saplings.

One of the groups were involved in putting up fences around the newly planted saplings to help protect it against weather and stray animals while the other group watered the saplings.

All in all, 140 saplings were planted in about 3 hours. The remaining saplings of about 20 were planted along the highway and around a waiting shed which was the resting place of the team.

As the team moved around finalizing the arrangements and finishing the jobs assigned to each, the team members began to arrive one by one to the camp.

Light chatter and laughter filled the air while the participants of the event interacted with the volunteers on the local flora and fauna. Students also took a pledge to take care of their mother earth by saying together “Love the Earth; it is the only we have got”.

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