school gardening in both public and private schools
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"I believe the children are our future," so goes a line of a very popular song.
But what exactly would be the future of this agricultural country if the children of today do not even know how to plant vegetables or do not even know the smell of the soil and the scent of a flower?
Most children do not even know how to plant vegetables or even just basic gardening.
For many young kids today, the closest they get to farming is by playing Farmville in the computer.
A few months ago, during the Cabinet meeting I attended, I talked to Educational minister of Gujarat, India and presented to him the idea of bringing back basic gardening as a special activity for elementary school children in both public and private schools all over the country.
He really liked the idea and so we would work together to implement a national school gardening program and the search for the Best School Garden in the country.
I propose that we should make basic gardening as a special school activity allowing teachers and students to spend time working in their gardens in the back of the school.
Proposal for Introducing basic gardening as a special activity for elementary school children in both public and private schools from the next academic year.
Get students look beyond their subject specific content, merge various disciplines and foster an inter disciplinary understanding.
To form a greater awareness of the need for a greener planet.
Increase students’ science achievement scores
Improve social skills by cultivating empathy and teamwork
Increase students’ knowledge of nutrition and their willingness to consume fresh produce
Improve emotional literacy
Develop a sense of community and responsibility
Instill lifelong appreciation for the natural world.
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