Spotlight India: Children paint their love for wildlife on school walls

Students taking part in wall painting organised by IFAW-WTI, at Himgiri High & M.E School, Manas, Baksa.On Valentine’s Day, when most of the world’s humans wore red to profess their love for fellow humans, 600 school children from around Manas National Park went to town to paint it green for the love of wildlife.

A day-long event was organized by International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI) with three schools in Baksa, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) near Manas National Park with the objective to instill pride in the wildlife of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Students from Himgiri Bodo Medium High School, Himgiri Bodo Medium M.E. School and the Aham Guru Bathou Ashram Foraisali school were supported by their teachers and members of All Bodo Students Union of Rabanguri Anchalik.

The participants painted the boundary wall of the Himgiri Bodo School in wild scenes and colours, showing their attachment and belongingness to the ecological diversity of Manas. The wall painting by the students, teachers and the local people was led by a group of artists from Fine Art College of Barpeta Road under the leadership of Mr. J.P. Das, Member, Association of Visual Artists, Assam (AVA).

Motiram Basumatary, Headmaster, Himgiri Bodo Medium High School, Rabanguri delightfully said, “Paint Manas Green is a unique event to the children of this locality. Painting the boundary wall will help them to express their creativity and love for animals that will generate public appreciation.”

Mr. Bharat Boro, Adviser, All Bodo Student Union (ABSU), Rabang Anchalik agreed, “Painting is one of the best mediums to bring about awareness.”

IFAW-WTI has been conducting the Paint Manas Green events in various parts of BTC for the past two years

These events targeting schools are a part of the Animal Action Education activities under the Greater Manas Conservation Campaign. 

With the support of the Department of Education in BTC, teacher training workshops were conducted for the first time to orient teachers to conducting activities in their schools with the aim of education, awareness, conservation action  and animal welfare. Dovetailing school awareness programs with the broader conservation project will enable us focus on generating awareness on locally relevant issues and instilling focused action among our target audiences. 

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Learn more about IFAW efforts around the world to educate children about animal welfare.

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