Kids For Tigers Teachers' Environmental Leadership Workshop Held In Delhi – August 6, 2010
On August 6, 2010 a horde of enthusiastic children swarmed to Teen Murthi Bhavan at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library with their teachers to attend the Teachers’ Environmental Leadership Workshop held by Kids for Tigers.
The workshop followed a morning discussion conducted by renowned wildlifers from around the country including Belinda Wright, Wildlife Protection Society of India, Dr. Y.V. Jhala, Wildlife Institute of India and Biswajit Mohanty, Wildlife Society of India among others. A plenary on reforming the forest sector and the need to protect forest guards and conservationists in the light of recent attacks on dedicated officials was held. This was followed by an illuminating session on the linkage between the wildlife trade and insurrectionists in India and a call for the mainstreaming of wildlife crime as well the recognition of the internal security threat posed by poachers. The morning ended with a talk on the need to consolidate critical wildlife landscapes and the importance of corridors in safeguarding source populations of tigers.
The children benefited greatly from the discussions and were extremely involved in the talk – asking pertinent questions and voicing their concerns for India’s forests and wildlife. They also met with Jairam Ramesh, India’s Minister for Environment and Forests (MoEF) and asked him to prioritise tiger conservation. The afternoon session was solely focussed on the Kids for Tigers programme and the charting out of a plan for Delhi schools in 2010. Schools shared the projects they were currently working on right from installing solar panels on their rooftops to vermicomposting and working directly to reform traditional poaching tribes. This was followed by a quick ideation session where teachers and children voiced what they would like to take up. Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia and Vidya Venkatesh, Director, National Conservation Initiatives, Sanctuary Asia led the discussion and shared their vision for Kids for Tigers with the schools. The children were thrilled to hear that a tiger fest would be held again this year and the teachers were quick with their ideas and suggestions. The strategizing session was extremely successful with many schools charting out their plan for the year ahead.
Two short films made by Sanctuary Asia were shown and the children and their teachers left the session enthused and motivated.
A more detailed report on the proceedings of the discussion will be put up shortly. For reports on the past Royal Bengal Tiger consultations please see the following:
The Royal Bengal Tiger – Last and Final Call, October 18-19, 2008, New Delhi
The Third Bengal Tiger Consultation, February 19-20, 2009, Kolkatta
The Fourth Bengal Tiger Consultation, May 4-5, 2009, Chennai
The Fifth Bengal Tiger Consultation – Ecosystems, Climate Change and National Development, July 28-29, 2009, New Delhi