Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar launched School Nursery Yojana to bring students closer to nature. This will engage students of class VI to IX in raising of saplings in nurseries created in school campuses.
Theme : To plant a tree for sustainable future and to make the nation clean and green.
- As per the yojana, a school Nursery will have a small space of a minimum of 100 sq meter for raising saplings and for nursery-related activities, including preparing, planting a mixture of good earth, soil and manure, filling earthen pots and storage of seeds.
- Each School Nursery is expected to create 1,000 saplings every year. The schools will be encouraged to take up composting, rain water harvesting and water recycling to inculcate best practices in young minds under this scheme.
Important facts about School Nursery Yojana:
- In the first phase it will cover 1000 schools and would be extended to 5000 schools in 2016 and 10000 schools the subsequent year.
- Under the scheme, students will sow seeds and grow saplings in the school nursery as part of practical exercise for Biology classes or as their extra-curricular activities. They will also carry out tree census in their school and the locality under this Yojana.
- Each school will initially receive first time financial grant of 25000 rupees for creation of the nursery with essential facilities. The state forest departments will guide and provide technical support to schools under this scheme.