SRINAGAR: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Wednesday launched a special conservation leadership programmed for educational institutions of Ladakh.
According to a statement, the programme would be jointly implemented by the WWF, school education and wildlife protection departments to built conservation leadership amongst school children through on-ground action and by raising awareness about environment conservation.
“The project aims to develop conservation leaders from Ladakh for future conservation initiatives and has a special focus on capacity building of teachers and district-level education authorities to facilitate active implementation of environmental education in selected schools of Leh and Kargil,” it said.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Pankaj Chandan Team Leader Western Himalayas Landscape of WWF-India said: “An important feature of this programme is a radio campaign by the school students which will benefit all the school children of Ladakh.”
Dr Shah Faesal, Director DSEK said Ladakh was the best place to initiate such a programme on pilot basis. He expected that a similar programme would to be initiated in Kashmir and Jammu at a later stage.
“It is time to draw lessons from the past wherein we had many stories in our culture which directly connected us with nature,” he said and called upon teachers and trainers to come up with publications of such stories for easy learning by students.
Deputy Commissioner Leh Parsana Ramaswamy appreciated the WWF for “bringing such an innovative project in Ladakh.” He assured his full support to the WWF officials for proper implementation of the project.