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3- day environment training at Patna

Students of Loyola School with teaching staff during the training programme on environment at Patna.
DIMAPUR, October 26:
Published on 27 Oct. 2008 1:12 AM IST
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A team of 32 students of Loyola School who opted for Environmental Education as the sixth-subject attended an environment related training programme at the internationally known Tarumitra Bio-Reserve in Patna, Bihar accompanied by Sr Banshailang AC, asst. HM and Br Anto Irudayam SJ, asst. teacher. According to Joseph Coelho SJ, headmaster, Loyola School, Jakhama said Dr (Fr) Robert Athickal SJ was the chief resource person for the three-day programme. Apart from being an exposure to the rest of India, the various sessions widened their thought horizons on issues like threats to the environment, recycling of non-biodegradable substances, energy resource conservation, pollution reduction and water conservation. Activities included slogan making, construction of a Naga hut in the Bio-reserve campus, making of organic manure, and participation in a debate competition in which 15 schools from in and around Patna participated. As an immediate follow-up, the students resolved to plant trees in the school campus, curb wasteful use of electricity and water, say 'no' to plastics and use waste paper to fashion out useful items for domestic use (like fixing rooftops, making models, etc.). The students also became aware of many age-old healthy practices like mud-washing the walls of the house instead of painting and learnt small ways in which they can help conserve the environment like repairing leaking taps at home, disposing waste properly, switching off lights and fans when not in use and spreading this awareness to their neighbours and friends. Started in 1988 in Patna, Bihar, Tarumitra has grown into the biggest students' movement in India campaigning exclusively for the environment of the Earth. The organization is operative in about 200 high schools and colleges of Bihar, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, M.P and Tamilnadu. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations has granted a Special Consultative Status to Tarumitra from January 2005. Presently the Tarumitra activities are co-ordinated by Fr. Robert Athickal S.J., a Jesuit and an educationalist. Meanwhile, Loyola School, Jakhama has expressed gratitude to the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs for deputing Asii Cecilia Kin to coach the junior boys basketball team and the girls basketball team. The Coaching for the boys team was conducted during March-May 2008; while the one-month coaching for the girls' team is presently underway, the principal said.

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