Loyola School, Jakhama represented Nagaland at 5th National Teachers Science Congress held at Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, from October 1 to 4. Telem Surjit, Assistant Teacher, Loyola School presented a paper on Impact of Human Intervention on environment with particular reference to impact on natural resources like land, water, and flora & fauna in Jakhama village. He examined the changes in land use pattern over the years and proposed the need for regulation of land use, cattle grazing, hunting & fishing, and water management. Further, he highlighted that rules and regulations only serve in the short run. Creating awareness and providing alternatives to use of firewood, shifting cultivation, etc. are essential for a viable, sustainable and long term solution.
According to Fr Joseph Coelho SJ, Headmaster Loyola School, Jakhama, resource persons who spoke at the programme include Dr Madhu Pant, former Director of National Bal Bhawan, New Delhi and Dr D. K. Pandey, Scientist.
Of the more than 600 applicants who sent in their Presentations only 236 were selected and invited to the Congress – 235 participants from all over India and 1 from Bangladesh. The focal theme of the congress was “Understanding planet Earth”. The presentations by invited participants were divided into four sub-themes: innovations in teaching-learning and other pedagogic practices, issues related to curriculum, impact of human interventions, and the paradigm of sustainable development.