VIVANT UNTAMED EARTH FOUNDATION NATURE CLUB

Nurturing  350 +  Biodiversity  &  Environment  Ambassadors

Inaugration  of  the  Nature Clubs for the

 M M Pupils’ Own School  &

Mumbadevi Vidya Mandir, Khar

Fri, 26th  August  2016  saw  the  founding  of  Nature  Clubs  for  the  M M  Pupils’  Own  School( Gujarati Medium )  and  the  Mumba Devi  Vidya Mandir ( English  Medium ), Khar. The  Nature  Clubs  have  been  established  to  introduce  a  total  of  360  students  of  VII, VIII  and  IX  standards  to  the  realm  of  Biodiversity  &  Environment  in  a  fun  filled  ‘hands  on‘  manner. The  clubs  have  been  established  in  association  with  the  Vivant  Untamed Earth  Foundation,  with  the   active  support  from  the  Pupils’  Own  Trust, formed  by  the  past  students  of  the  school.

The  Inaugural  Programme  held  in  the  school  auditorium  was  attended  by  the   Principals  of  both  schools, members  of  the  Pupils’  Own  Trust,  members  of  the  parent  body – the  Khar  Education  Society, teachers  and  staff  of  the  schools,  along  with  the  members  of  the  Untamed Earth  and  the  volunteer  students  from  M D  College

The  programme :

The  programme  began  with  ‘Saraswati  Vandana’  and  recitation  of  a  poem  specially  written  for  the  occasion  by  Ms  Bharati  Parekh  of  the  Mumba Devi  Vidya Mandir. Prinicpals, Ms  Rekha  Desai  and  Ms  Rashmika  Joshi, as  well  as  the  student  representatives  of  both  schools    expressed  their  views  about  the event. Dr. Sanjeev Shevade, founder of  the Vivant  Untamed Earth  Foundation  interacted  with  the  students   and  expressed   the  concept  behind  the  establishing  of  the  Nature  Club  and  the  importance  of  ‘hands  on’  activities  as  a  great  way   to  learn  about  our  natural  world  and  mold  our  conduct  as  a  responsible  citizen. .A  sapling  of  Parijatak  tree ( Scientific  Name :  Nyctanthes  arbor – tristis )  was  planted  to  mark  the  occasion  to  symbolize  the  growth of  the  Nature  Club.

As  this  is  the  season  of  festivals, with  the  biggest  of  them  all – the  Ganesh  Festival -  just  round  the  corner, Ms  Kirti  Amritkar  Wani  from  the  Foundation,  elaborated  about  the  linkage  between  our  festivals  and  the  environment  and  ways to  celebrate  them  in  an  eco friendly  manner. Very  appropriately, this  session  was  followed  by  a  thrilling  experience  of  actually  observing  the  sculpting  of  a  Ganesha  idol  with  the  eco friendly  ‘Shadu‘  clay  in  a  ‘live’  demonstration, by  an  eminent  artist  and  a  Friend  of  TheUntamedEarth, Mr  Bhalchandra  Damle. Students  were  then  given  the  ‘shadu’  clay  to  sculpt  their  own  Ganesha  idol. The  students  came  up  with  an  amazing  display  of  skills  and  creative  expressions  as  they  sculpted   the  Ganesha  idols  in  groups. At  the  end  of  the  session, 65  idols  in  different  forms  were  created  by  the  students,  which  was  a  testimony  to  their  fun  filled  involvement. It  made  for  a  great start  to  the  Nature  Club  activities.

The  idols  were  later  painted  with  eco  friendly  colours  and  displayed  on  the  Open  Day  of  the  school. It  was  a  wonderful  sight  to  see  the  proud  students  with  their  creations, the  admiration  of  the  attending  parents  as  well  as  the  other  students  of  the  school.

We  will  now  get  geared  up  for  our  next  event.

TheUntamedEarth

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The  following  were  present,

M M Pupils’ Own School : Ms  Rashmika  Joshi ( Principal )  teachers  and  staff.

Mumba Devi  Vidya Mandir : Ms  Rekha  Desai ( Principal ) teachers  and  staff. .

Pupils’ Own  Trust ( POT ) : Mr  Anand  Bhagat, Dr  Meen  Mehta, Mr Jayesh  Shah, Mr  Akshay  Shah, Ms  Kalyani  Jani.

POT  Green  Initiative : Mr  Tushar  Gandhi.

Vivant  Untamed Earth  Foundation : Dr  Sanjeev Shevade, Dr  Ujwala  Shevade, Ms  Smita  Shevade, Ms  Eesha  Shevade, Mr  Harsh  kolhatkar, Ms Kirti  Amritkar  Wani, Mr  Bhalchandra  Damle, Mr  Pradip  Patade, Mr  Kishor  Thakur.

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Announcement Of nature Club

Announcement  Of  Nature Club  and  the  activity  of  the  day – Eco friendly Ganesha  sculpting

Planting  a  Parijat sapling ( Nyctanthes arbor - tristis ) Dr  Sanjeev  Shevade  with  Principals  Ms Rekha Desai  and  Rashmika   Joshi

Planting a Parijat sapling ( Nyctanthes arbor – tristis ) Dr Sanjeev Shevade with Principals Ms Rekha Desai and Rashmika Joshi

Unveiling  the  Nature Club Notice Board

Unveiling the Nature Club Notice Board

Theme  Presentation - 'Festivals  and  Our  Environment'  by  Kirti  Amrutkar  Wani

Theme Presentation – ‘Festivals and Our Environment’ by Kirti Amrutkar Wani

Demonstration  and  'live'  screening  of  the  sculpting  of  Ganesha  idol  by  Bhalchandra  Damle, using  eco  friendly  'shadu'  clay

Demonstration and ‘live’ screening of the sculpting of Ganesha idol by Bhalchandra Damle, using eco friendly ‘shadu’ clay

Enthusiastic  students  immersed  in  sculpting

Enthusiastic students immersed in sculpting  activity

Enthusiastic  students  immersed  in  sculpting  activity

Enthusiastic students immersed in sculpting activity

The  smiles  say  it  all ... students  with  their  Ganesha  idols

The smiles say it all … students with their Ganesha idols

Open  Day :  Admiring  parents  and  the  Ganesha  idols  painted  with  eco  friendly  colours

Open Day : Admiring parents and the Ganesha idols painted with eco friendly colours

Open  Day :  Admiring  parents  and  the  Ganesha  idols  painted  with  eco  friendly  colours

Open Day : Admiring parents and the Ganesha idols painted with eco friendly colours

With  the  Ganesha  idols  :  Sitting - L to R : Pradip  Patade, Dr  Sanjeev  Shevade, Kishor  Thakur, Bhalchandra  Damle  and  Standing L to R -  Smita  Shevade,  Dr  Ujwala  Shevade, Kirti  Amrutkar Wani

With the Ganesha idols : Sitting – L to R : Pradip Patade, Dr Sanjeev Shevade, Kishor Thakur, Bhalchandra Damle and Standing L to R – Smita Shevade, Dr Ujwala Shevade, Kirti Amrutkar Wani

The  Ganesha  idols  and  the  entire  Team - POT Members, Foundation  Members  and  Volunteers

The Ganesha idols and the entire Team – Pupils’ Own Trust  Members, Foundation  Members  &  Volunteers  from  M D College

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