Creating Mini Forest
We have created Mini Forest opposite to Herbal garden. We have planted the trees in 3 circles. 20 types of Trees are used for creating Mini Forest.
Creating a butterfly garden can engage students in the natural world and enrich their learning experience. Students learn best when they are allowed to develop their understanding of concepts over time.
This is a learning theory that reduces the focus on memorizing facts, vocabulary, and theories and emphasizes the importance of teaching for meaning and understanding.
As students develop their understanding they link new information with the knowledge they bring to the learning experience. Building and sustaining a butterfly garden provides your program with endless opportunities to engage students in hands-on activities that enhance their learning.
Keeping the above objectives in mind, we are creating a Butterfly garden in Sevasi. The aim of making Butterfly garden is to explore more bio-diversity and to teach the students more about plants and different types of Butterflies. Given below is the design of the butterfly garden. It is a work in progress.
Due to Covid-19 it was unable to go to schools in south gujarat to conduct workshops. Since the children and villagers were at home free, Priyanka thought of conducting environment awareness program in her village. She used the modules and did activities with the children as well as villagers. She gathered some villagers and taught them to make liquid pesticide with practical. She conducted activities mentioned below in the photos. Besides the activities she also gave awareness class. The children at home doing nothing since April were happy to join for the activity and learn something about environment. Even the villagers co-operated with her and learnt about environment
Due to Covid-19 it was unable to go to schools in south gujarat to conduct workshops. Since the children and villagers were at home free, Monika thought of conducting environment awareness program in surrounding villages. She used the modules and did activities with the children as well as villagers. She conducted activities mentioned below in the photos. Besides the activities she also gave awareness class. The children at home doing nothing since April were happy to join for the activity and learn something about environment. Even the villagers co-operated with her and learnt about environment
Jesus used Nature to explain the Kingdom of God, and how God relates to human beings. Born in a manger, he grew up as a carpenter’s son, living among village folk – farmers, fishermen, shepherds, .. He saw and lived an intimate relationship that exists between people and Mother Earth. He shared the Good News of God’s love that he experienced though Nature. He presented them in his parables and teachings– agriculture assures food, trees give fruits, vines provide drink, sheep in the pasture and fish in the water give rich nourishment, birds of the air are fed and even ephemeral lilies are colourfully attired by Nature. How much more will our loving Father take care of our every need! Jesus invites us to bloom like the lilies of the field and fly free like the birds of the air, trusting in Our Father’s love.
Till a few years ago we learnt in Catechism that our Christian Faith is founded on two pillars – love of God and love of our neighbour. Our Pope Francis has added another pillar – love of Nature. His Encyclical letter “Laudato Si’” addressed to all the followers of Jesus, and ‘all women and men of good will’ emphasises,
“Human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself.”(LS 66)
The goal of ‘Gujarat Jesuit Ecology Mission’ (GJEM)is to understand, integrate and spread Pope Francis’ third pillar of our Faith
‘More than in ideas or concepts as such, I (Pope Francis)am interested in how such a spirituality can motivate us to a more passionate concern for the protection of our world… all need an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them’
Put simply, Eco Spirituality is communing with God in and through His creation. ‘In Him we live, move and have our being’ (Acts.17.28) – we are born and die in the lap of Mother Earth. Her fundamental elements – Earth, air, water, fire and space – keeps us alive. Our constant communion with Mother Earth is, then, our communion with God.
St. Ignatius of Loyola, in his well-known Spiritual Exercises, begins the Retreat with the ‘Principle and Foundation’. He says that human beings are created to commune with God. This communion is always through His creation. Use creation as much as you need to commune with God.
The Spiritual Exercises ends with the contemplation to attain love. Ignatius tells us that God dwells and labours in all his creatures, including us humans, sustaining our unique characteristics, and leading us to God.
The Mission of GJEM is to integrate and spread the third foundational Pillar of our Faith – a loving relationship with Nature. Communion with Nature and through Nature with the Creator Lord would then become the core of our discipleship of Jesus.
- Rappai Poothokaren SJ,
On 27th July, 2020 we organized Webinar for Past & Present Leaf Students with the purpose on how they can put their learning into practice and what environmental activities they did during lockdown.
23 students joined us through google meet. We started webinar with Welcoming Speech & introduction. Mrs. Archana gave presentation on Child and Environment. Trupti Parmar was the moderator for the day.
Mr. Jothi did interaction with the students and inspired them. Ms. Monica and Ms. Priyanka also shared their experience with the students. This webinar was student oriented so we gave more time to them to share what work they have done for nature. After sharing we discussed about Action Plan.
Sharing we received from the students:
⁙ They segregate wet and dry waste.
⁙ Everyday gives water to the Plant.
⁙ Put bird feeders and Nest for the birds.
⁙ He is following organic farming.
⁙ Daily he gives water to birds.
⁙ On Ganesh Chaturthi he always makes Eco-friendly Ganpati instead of Plaster of Paris
⁙ Few years back he attained one workshop at Xavier Technical Institute,S evasi. That time we gave one sapling to him. He planted that sapling at his grandmother’s home and now it has became a tree.
⁙ After online classes he spends his most of the time with nature like feeding the birds.
The sharing of the LEAF students was inspiring, we have given follow up activities and we plan to organize another webinar next month.
It has been a challenging time for all the teachers all around the world because of Covid-19 Pandemic. In the context of the digital divide and lack of infrastructure and experience in online education, teachers are forced to improvise and innovate with available technology.
Keeping in mind the challenges and problems faced by the teachers regarding technology for online education, GJEM organized Online Teaching-Learning Workshop at St. Xavier's English Medium School, Borsad and St. Xavier’s School, Bharuch. The thrust of the workshop was that the teachers can adapt their content to online education and find innovative ways to reach out to rural students.
Instead of duplicating classroom teaching, we inspired the teachers to use short films for education as well as activity modules available from www.arvindguptatoys.com. Inspired by the tremendous response we received from the teachers, we decided to organize a webinar on the same topic. We received good response for the event which was organized on 17th and 18th July 2020 in which 53 teachers from 19 schools had participated
Following topics were included for the webinar: Pedagogy for online education, Environmental activities through the online, demonstration on google forms and google classroom and learning science and maths through Dr Arvind Gupta’s online modules. The keynote address was given by Fr. Lancy D’Cruz SJ. Our IT expert resource person Mr Shashi Darshan besides giving a detailed presentation on the google classroom tried to address the technical queries from the teachers.
We thank all the principals and teachers who participated in the workshop.
The workshop was conducted for teachers of St. Xavier’s school, Bharuch on 10th July 2020. 20 teachers participated in the workshop. Three topics were included in the workshop:
The first session was on short films. We kept open discussion after the films. Each one them interpreted in their own way and made it more interesting.
The second session was conducted by Mrs. Archana on Online Education through PPT. After the session the teachers also shared how they use different methods for online education and make the lessons easy interesting for students.
The third session was conducted by Mr. Jothi on Teaching Pedagogy and how to create Google forms. The teachers tried to create google forms so that they can use for online education. We suggested them to prepare questions on environmental films and send it with short films to the students. With this we concluded our workshop.
- Rappai Poothokaren SJ, Lancelot D’Cruz, SJ