This little school is a Garden of Eden

The teachers and students of Kodahalli Government Kannada Primary School are taking the Forest Department’s initiative in letter and spirit and accordingly they have created a garden in the school premises which is nothing short of a garden of Eden thus becoming a model for other schools.

To extend the green cover project in schools the forest department launched a novel initiative, “Maguvigondu mara, Shalegondu vana (a tree for a child and forest for a school), aimed at making schools eco-friendly and to inspire children to be more responsible towards the environment.

Under this project, all students in the school are given saplings, which they should plant on their premises. Students can choose the plant of their choice, which will be supplied by the department through schools. Awareness on the need to protect and conserve forest resources is being created by encouraging children plant saplings on school premises.

There are hundreds of trees in Kodahalli Government Kannada Primary School, which has only 25 students. Colourful blooming flowers in the school premises welcome visitors to the school. It also draws the attention of devotees visiting the Gattahalli Venkataramanaswamy, which is located in the same road as the school.

There is no paucity of space as the school is located in a premises of one-and-a-half acres. However, there is water problem. Since the school is located in a sloping area there is some moisture in the soil.

Taking advantage of this, the students have grown horticultural plants which require less water like rose, hibiscus, champak and a vegetable garden. There is also a herbal garden. There is also a playground with play equipment. Impressed by the garden, the Forest Department recently supplied 800 saplings to the school.

The inspiration and encouragement to develop the garden comes from the Headmaster H M Lakshminarayana and Assistant Headmaster T S Raghavendra. There is a school parliament and the responsiblity for the maintenance of the garden in taken up in turns. Since all the students come from a rural background, they don’t need to be trained in horticultural practices.

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