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287 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENES FOR SLUM CHILDREN

posted May 4, 2018, 8:30 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 4, 2018, 8:30 PM ]
Mumbai, 26-April-2018: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organised environmental awareness for the children from the slums of Mumbai. 75 children between the age group of 8 to 15 years from Dharavi & Kings circle slum participated in this programme held under the aegis of the project supported by Don Bosco Mondo, Germany.

The session began by Ms Surekha Pednekar (Project Officer - DBDS) highlighting the importance of the topic of this training and also explained the outline of the session. Ms Soniya Mulik (Programme Manager – GreenLine) was the resource person for this training. She taught the children about the environment and how awareness for environment begins from our own neighbourhood. Trees are our neighbors and people in the city however do not know their name or how to go about identifying the same.

The session covered the basics of different type of plants (trees, creepers, herbs etc.), how to identify the plants from their shape, bark, leaves, flower and fruit. Names of common trees in Mumbai and old tales/stories related to the trees were told. The children also got the chance to apply their newly acquired knowledge of tree identification by going outdoors and collecting leaves on their own and then determining them.

Once back in the hall, Soniya showed them some videos on the topic of plastic consumption, especially the negative influence that the plastic waste has on the beaches of Mumbai and animals in general. The videos helped the children in gaining a better understanding of the topic of the increasing plastic consumption and its negative effects and our own accountability to the issue.

This session of GreenLine was a good opportunity to raise children's awareness for their own environment. The children were very interested, had a lot of fun and were very willing to learn something new about the topic of “Know Thy Neighbours”. Mrs Kavita Kamble & Ms Basanti Solanki (DBDS – Staff) had made the logistical arrangement for this event and also proposed the vote of thanks at the end.