Daltonganj (Jharkhand), June 11 : To generate public awareness about the significance of conserving the environment, the Forest Department of Jharkhand has opened a school within the Betla National Park under the Palamau Tiger Project in State's Palamu district.
The school is part of an endeavor to promote awareness about forests and wildlife so that the young students could spread this knowledge in society.
The objective behind opening the school, devoted exclusively to bio-diversity conservation, is to motivate village children to save forest and wild animals.
"We have started a bio-diversity school. By this the children of the area will be educated about bio-diversity. It is an attempt to spread awareness," said R.N.Prasad, the Chief Conservator of Forests, Palamu Tiger Project in Jharkhand.
The school that was opened on the International Bio-Diversity Day (May 22) is first of its kind.
It's special in many ways, as the students from the adjoining villages are imparted lessons on bio-diversity and saving the flora and fauna here.
Apart from the regular lessons on bio-diversity, the students at this school have the facility to visit forest area and also have the opportunity to watch wild animals from close.
"We have come here to study about animals and plants. I like studying about them. I will come here everyday. We should not cut trees and kill animals," said Kunaon, one enthusiastic student.
The school seeks to motivate children to understand bio-diversity and they will ultimately help in propagating the same in their immediate society through their parents. By Girija Shankar Ojha