Neralu 2015 School Project

February 13, 2015 / Vidisha Kulkarni

“A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Trees, stand tall as our silent neighbors’, and bear within them endless stories to share. From measuring trees to painting a wall with trees, the Neralu school project was a fun and informal way of learning about our city’s rich natural heritage.

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Neralu School project’s main focus is in educating the students and teachers in looking at trees from a different perspective. We believe in the fact that conserving trees comes from understanding the value of the tree and having a personal touch with the trees. Neralu in collaboration with EcoEdu designed a few fun filled activities that involve a lot of creativity. Some of the activities that were designed for the students are, ‘Adopt a tree’, ‘Measure a tree, ‘Tree poster collage’, ‘Value of a tree’, ‘Tree censuses’ and many more.

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Roots academy – observing trees in the vicinity

The response from the schools was overwhelming for us. Schools from all over the city registered for multiple activities. With the limited time allotted to them, the work done by them was really commendable. The level of creativity and understanding in the children that made these projects left us in awe.
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Some projects were so big and beautifully done that we had to give in the whole of the back seat of a car just so that the project fits in.  All the projects that came to us were displayed at NGMA on both the days of the First half of the festival.

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Roots Academy – Measuring the height

People who came in to participate in the festival and people who came in just to look around and absorb the love that the trees and the festival gave them were short of words to appreciate the beauty of the projects.

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Tree collage by Army public school

Schools like Army Public school, Parikrama and Sri Kumaran Children’s Home, Roots academy, BCR public school to name a few were the schools that registered and actively participated in the School Project. Students who participated were as little as UKG students to High school students. We feel inspired and gratified by their enthusiasm.

EcoEdu has had immense pleasure in designing the activities for the school project. It is also overwhelmed by the work done by the schools, and hopes that they adopt these activities into their curriculum.

Neralu is all set for the grand finale on the 14th February at Bal Bhavan. Come and have a look at all the great work done by these little artists.  We are sure you will be awe-struck by them. And hopefully get inspired to walk on the similar lines as these children have.