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Ministry plans Green Revolution Campaign
- National Education Day
Sep 5, 2018-
Once upon a time ‘Green Forest-Nepal’s Asset’ was the country’s pet motto. The state vigorously promoted it, but tangible results were few. With the passage of time the motto withered, just like fresh green leaves turning dry and brown in summer.
Now the government has come up with a policy called Green Revolution Campaign at School. The objective is to promote greenery in schools, considered the second home of students.
The campaign mandates all schools to plant saplings in and around the school precincts. The 39th National Education Day and 52nd International Literacy Day Programme Main Committee constituted by the federal government have brought this campaign.
The national slogan for the Day this year is - ‘Development of Skilled Human Resources and Sustainable Educational Infrastructure - the Basis for Building Socialism-oriented Prosperous Nation’.
A meeting of the committee chaired by the Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel on Sunday decided to enforce this campaign in schools as part of the week-long celebration of the National Education and International Literacy Day observed on September 8.
Ministry Spokesperson Baikuntha Prasad Aryal said the ministry has informed schools that do not have ground could plant saplings in flowerpots.
The ministry has urged provincial governments, local units and all schools to curate gardens, remove trash, clean the area, and form Green Eco Club. This campaign promotes greenery, a clean and healthy environment around the schools and imparts practical knowledge to students on the importance of conserving the environment.
Nepal is concerned about its environment. As part of the World Environment Day observed on June 5, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had launched the campaign of planting trees at every house.
The Department of National Centre for Educational Research and Training, Director General Baburam Poudel said the call for green revolution at schools would help promote greenery and environmental protection throughout the country.
Former Minister for Science and Environment, Ganesh Shah, said the campaign announced by the Education Ministry was a positive step towards promoting environment conservation.
He suggested concerted efforts of the school management committee, teachers and students for the success of this campaign.
“It is not enough to only plant saplings. They have to be looked after with love and care. We have to instill a sense of caring for the environment among people and schools,” the former minister said.
Published: 05-09-2018 07:30