Children living in buffer zone of Kanha Reserve Forest took an oath for the conservation of Tigers and their natural habitats by creating awareness about disadvantages of deforestation thereby safeguarding the endangered species from extinction.
Creating awareness among school children to safeguard tigers, the endangered species from extinction, Aide et Action, an International NGO in association with Sir Dorabji Tata Trusts and allied trusts under the Schooling and Learning Improvement Programme organized an awareness session on conservation of Tigers on the eve of International Tigers Day on June 29 at Gondwana Bhavan in Garhi village, Baihar block of Bhalaghat district, Madhya Pradesh state.
Mr. B. Gayekwad, Ranger – Bhaisanghat (Kanha Tiger Reserve), the chief guest of the program addressing children said, “Approximately hundreds years ago, the numbers of Tigers were around One Lakh across the world. But presently we have lost 97 % of wild tigers in just hundred years and currently have only 3000”. Tigers are at their minimum numbers throughout the history, he added.
He shared his experiences on why safeguarding tigers is important and various protection methods and roles of tigers in maintaining ecological balance.
A total of ninety students from six different primary schools living in Kukarra, Parsatola Jaamtola, Pateltola, Mana, Takurtola cluster villages of Garhi block participated along with their community teachers in the awareness program. The session was followed by two ten minutes play organized for creating awareness on the importance of conservation of forest and wild life for mankind survival.
The children enjoyed the play that was followed by the drawing competition on the topic “Animals in Forest”. All the children took great interest and unleashed their painting talents. The first three best paintings were given prizes.
“I always had negative feeling about Tigers in the forest, but now I understood that the existence of Tiger is very important for maintaining Eco-system balance and even for our own existence”, said Durgeshwari, a fourth standard student studying in Parsatola government primary school after attending the session. Thereafter the programme came to an end and children were served refreshment and sent back to schools.
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