STUDENTEXCHANGE PROGRAMME BY ASN SCHOOL

ASN Senior Secondary School, Mayur Vihar-1 in collaboration with Tiger Trust recently had a three day long student exchange programme with the Euro International School at Jodhpur with the aim to foster positive steps towards conservation of natural resources through mutual discussions and excursions which helped the students to come closer to nature and find solutions to the prevailing problems related to extinction of flora and fauna.

A delegation from ASN School of 16 people comprising of 14 students and 2faculty members went to Jodhpur for an exchange programme with Euro International School. They also had a delegation of 21 students and 3 faculty members. Both the schools together worked towards sustainability in the 3 day long exchange programme.

On the first day, they visited the MehrangarhFort, one of the largest forts in India. The intricate carvings and expensive courtyards had a great impact on the students. They then visited JaswantThada,a Cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh which serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. The mausoleum is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit warm glow when illuminated by sun. Same day they went to Rao Jodha Desert Biodiversity Park. The park contains ecologically restored desert and arid land vegetation. The park now has around 250 species of native plants. They also visited the MagesticUmaidBhawan Palace beautifully set admist26acres of lush greenery in a golden yellow sand stone structure built in fashionable Art Deco style of the time.

On the second day, students of both the schools went to GudaBishnoi Village. They witnessed the scenic beauty marked with khejri trees and deer.They learnt about the Bishnoi tribe which inhabits the village. The villagers are staunch worshippers of nature in all its forms specially the sanctity of plant and animal life, so they make every effort to conserve the environment. They earn their living by making pottery, weaving and printing on fabrics with homemade natural dyes. Students got hands on experience of their workmanship.

Students amidst the village wrote slogans, articles and also did a street play to sensitize people about the importance of conservation of natural resources and the need to adopt sustainable practices for preservation of natural resources.

On the last day ASN students visited the Euro International School where they were given a warm welcome. A special assembly was conducted where the children recited poems, had a talk show and a quiz which was conducted by Tiger Trust. Children of both the schools participated enthusiastically and were felicitated by Tiger Trust for all their efforts.

School Principal,Ms Shivani Kapoor, Euro International School, addressed the children and encouraged them to do their bit by taking small steps within their means to conserve the environment.

School Principal of ASN Senior Secondary School Ms Swarnima Luthra also through a recorded message urged the children to sensitize everyone around them to be environmentally conscious and not waste precious natural resources.