Photos: Tamil Nadu panchayat school attracts kids by teaching organic farming

  • By TOI
  • | Monday | 14th May, 2018

During the last two academic years, the acre age of organic vegetable cultivation has been increasing and so is the school’s student strength. Instead of relying on advertisements, Kothavasal PUMS canvas sed with vegetable crops cultivated and harvested on school grounds to win the confidence of the parents. “We initially cultivated vegetable crops to address the needs of the noon meal kitchen. As we started producing surplus vegetables,we began giving them away to children involved in vegetable farming on a rotational basis,” said S Elavalagan , teacher in Kothavasal PUMS.Crops were cultivated and harvested on school grounds to win the confidence of the parents. Avoiding such expensive methods, all the seven teachers of the panchayat union school in Kothavasal, a remote villagein Perambalur, navigated the streets of Kothavasalto reach out to all the 241 house hold sin the area.Children involved in vegetable farming on a rotational basis.Surveying the total number of children and their age, the teachers identified 17 children in the village who had crossed five years of age and subsequently enrolled them in their school with the parents’ consent.


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