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NEW INITIATIVE: Catch them young is the new mantra of the Mysore zoo which has launched a programme for schoolchildren to sensitise them to environment and conservation issues. Photo: M.A. Sriram.
NEW INITIATIVE: Catch them young is the new mantra of the Mysore zoo which has launched a programme for schoolchildren to sensitise them to environment and conservation issues. Photo: M.A. Sriram.

Special Correspondent

MYSORE: This is a unique experiment in conservation efforts that is sure to give a boost to environment protection and wildlife conservation.

For, "Conservation education for schools through Mysore zoo" has been launched with the objective of sensitising teachers and students to the imperatives of environment and wildlife conservation.

The novel initiative is being taken up by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE-South) in collaboration with the Mysore zoo and the Syndicate Bank to improve the understanding among schoolchildren on wildlife and encourage them to use the zoo as a learning centre. It will also equip children to execute projects in the zoo on issues related to wildlife.

To begin with, 10 higher primary schools, five each from rural and urban areas in and around Mysore, have been selected. Two teachers and 50 students from each school will participate in the yearlong programme.

The initiative began with a two-day teachers training programme which was attended by 20 teachers recently. These trained teachers will implement the project activities in their schools through the selected students. The programme will conclude with an annual event to be held in December.

Ranga Rao, Executive Director, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, inaugurated the training programme here on Sunday. Education material, teachers' manual and zoo brochures developed by CEE were released.

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