SSA to teach 'green mantra' to kids

SSA to teach 'green mantra' to kids

SSA to teach 'green mantra' to kids

‘Chinnara Krishi Darshana,’ an ambitious programme of Sarva Shikshana Abhiyana (SSA) programme which is being implemented for the first time in State is all set to preach ‘go green’ mantra to students.

The project with an intention of motivating professional interest, development and research among students is mainly designed for 8th standard students (aged below 14). Under the programme, 75 per cent of total number of students are girls and it gives special preference to minorities and Urban Deprived Children (UDC).

Speaking to Deccan Herald, SSA Project Co-ordinator Shivprakash said that for the year 2012-13, a total of 7,631 students will go for Dakshina Kannada district tour under the scheme in 305 teams. In 7 blocks (Bantwala, Belthangady, Mangalore North, Mangalore South, Moodbidri, Puttur Sullia), 6,754 girls will get opportunity in 270 teams. A total of 800 minority children will be grouped into 32 teams while 77 Urban Deprived Children (UDC) will be selected for ‘Krishi Darshana’.

A district-level committee has been formed under the aegis of Zilla Panchayat chief executive officer. DIET vice president will be the vice president of the committee. Along with this,tahshildars, district deputy co-ordinating officers, Block Education Officers will be included in the committee. This committee holds the responsibility of selecting the places and volunteers.

‘Developing vision’

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat CEO and the committee Head Dr K N Vijayprakash defined the project as multi dimensional. “Under the project, students will be exposed to rural environment. They will learn about modern agriculture methods, bee keeping, fishery in ponds, germy composting and many other things. More than anything, they will learn about nature and bounties of nature,” he said.

He opined that the project will broaden the vision of children. It will make students to think about future and their role in protecting and developing nature in the days to come. “Under the scheme, we have plans to meet progressive farmers in every taluk. The activities will be kicked off in September,” he added.

Project budget 

As per the project, the government will spend approximately Rs 150 on every child under the project. In State, the government will spend Rs 3,75,97,100 for 2,50,600 children. In Dakshina Kannada district, the total amount for the project is Rs 11, 45,050.  As per the government circular the project will be kicked off in this month and will continue till December.