Participating in the Project of School Nursery Yojana

By | November 13, 2017

School Nursery Yojana

Growing number of industries and deforestation has affected our environment drastically and climate change has become a serious cause for concern. We can say our mother earth is in danger. By growing trees, we can help control pollution, prevent environment depletion and make the environment green. School Nursery is a small step forward in that direction.

School Nursery Scheme

School Nursery Yojana is a scheme from Government of India launched with a view to develop a sense of protecting the environment in school students and inculcate a habit of caring for nature. The scheme has been launched by Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India on August 10, 2015.

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School Nursery Yojana is a pilot project for a period of 5 years. It is aimed at involving students of class VI to IX in raising seedlings in school nursery for green environment. It also intends to help students understand germination and growth process of plants.

Main Features of the School Nursery Yojana

To set up a school nursery which provides beds to germinate seeds and raise saplings that will be used by school and students. It includes activities such as preparing plant mixture using soil and manure, fill up polybags and pots, how to store seeds etc. Each such nursery should grow at least 1000 saplings a year.

A school participating in the project must be able to allocate 100 sq. feet of space for the nursery. School students from class VI to class IX can participate in it. The school has to set up an eco club. The school management has to agree to sustain such nursery for at least 5 years.

Growing saplings in school nursery should be part of biology curriculum and other co-curricular activities. Students can be taken to visit a nearby park or nursery for observation. They can also get involved in other activities such as develop herbarium, learn how to do compost and vermicompost, water harvesting etc.

Schools interested in developing a school nursery can apply to the concerned forest officer with a proposal containing the map of the school, development plan, and management plan. The forest officer will scrutinize it and forward it to state CAMPA which will send a consolidated proposal to NCAC steering committee. State CAMPA will monitor the proceeding of the school nursery.

In the first year, 1,000 schools were selected followed by 5,000 schools in the 2nd year and 10,000 schools in the 3rd year. Each school selected is provided with the fund of Rs 25,000 for the first year and Rs 10,000 for the succeeding two years to raise the saplings in nursery created in the school.

Every student is also urged to plant a tree in their home, neighborhood and nurture the plant.

It is a well-known fact that life can be sustained only by protecting the environment and growing more and more trees can help it in a long way. Active participation of school children in planting trees not only helps a school but houses, locality, and society as a whole!

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