A workshop for teachers in National Green Army was organised by social forestry department at High Tech Nursery in Seminary Hills, Nagpur. Senior project officer of WWF-India Ajinkya Bhatkar was present as the chief guest while divisional forest officer Geeta Nannaware presided over.
Ajinkya Bhatkar gave various innovative drives undertaken by schools in various districts in Maharashtra of National Green Army. He spoke on what schools need to do to make Nagpur district on top in National Green Army activity in Maharashtra.
He appealed teachers to give stress on an environment-friendly celebration of festivals, garbage management, noise pollution, wildlife protection, education and opportunities for schools in the environment field and others.
Divisional forest officer Geeta Nannaware said that environment protection is need of the hour and existence of humans on earth will be in danger if environment is hit.
She further said that teachers are doing holy work of shaping up the future generations of country and it is important that seeds of environment protection should be sown into the minds of students to get clean water and air required by future generations. Teachers should do this work through the National Green Army, she appealed.
The teachers were given information about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vanashree awards given by the Maharashtra government. There was good response to the workshop by teachers.
Around 198 teachers in Nagpur district were present in the workshop. Some teachers gave information about innovative programmes initiated in their respective schools.
All range forest officers from the social forestry department were present during the workshop. Range forest officer KanteshwarÂ Bolke conducted the proceedings while assistant conservator of forests Rajan Talmale and range forest officer Manoj Mohite organised the programme.