Reforestation activity within Indian schools

The first reforestation campaign in the form of a workshop on the role of the tree in nature's life cycle

Intensive deforestation is a key topic of discussion in India.  This is predominantly because people do not understand the importance of the role which the tree plays in nature's life cycle.  For this reason, Stephanie Adler-Fürntrath from the Greenfinity Foundation organised a reforestation campaign involving 50 school pupils as part of her project visit.

Within the scope of environmental education lessons at the 'Dhara Children Academy', the children should be made aware of local environmental issues.  Deforestation constitutes one of the major issues in India so the Greenfinity Foundation decided to organise a reforestation campaign in the Corbett National Park during the project visit. 

Native plant species were planted which will create additional habitats for the animal kingdom.  Agricultural crops were also planted, the fruits of which can be harvested and benefit the local population. 

The day was a truly special experience in many respects for the pupils from 3 schools in Thakurdwara, 200 km north-east of Delhi: For children from densely-populated, dusty, dirty and smog-choked Indian cities, the wide open expanse, fresh air and green trees are a novelty.  For children from the lower social echelons who have never even made it out of the city, the journey to the National Park alone was an extraordinary experience. 

Aufforstungsaktion mit indischen Schülern
Aufforstungsaktion mit indischen Schülern

The trip was not just about showing the children how to plant seedlings; it was also important for teaching the children a little about the topic of CO² and the signifigance of trees and the role they play in nature's cycle.

Projekt Goals:

  • Make the children aware of the significance and role played by trees in nature's lifecycle
  • Reforest the land with native plant species

Projekt Period:

  • April 2018