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Play with clay

Vijaykumar Patil
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BELGAUM: The Joint Environment Mission Programme brought children from different cultures on a common platform to understand environment and related threats that are of global concern.

It was a day out with a purpose for the delegates of a Joint Environment Mission programme (JEM) from Buckingham Friends School, U.S. that will remain in their memory for long.

The delegates, who arrived in Belgaum city to further the objectives of the mission with their Indian counterparts here, took out time to visit the Pottery unit run by the Khadi Village and Gram Udyog Commission in Khanapur town.

For some, the occasion provided a first hand experience with the art of pottery, which has been there since ancient times and continues to be an important traditional art form with commercial implications in India and for several other countries across the globe. Experiences

The delegates were impressed about the wonderful blend of skill and art to create these articles from the shapeless wet clay dough.

Earlier during the day, the delegates were welcomed at the Belgaum city-based KLES' International School. The Principal Arti Mishra, briefed the children highlighting the significance of this inter-continental programme to create lasting international friendship and environmental stewardship.

The JEM is working towards spreading awareness among the children to develop a new global view of world security, one which is grounded in communication, understanding and tolerance rather than military strength, besides environmental protection.

The delegates, who will in Belgaum till Dec.2, will share and learn from mutual experiences and share views on environmental issues.


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