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With a garlanded globe,praises for the planet and a brief session on Mother Nature,January 14 turned into a special day for the students of MES Bhave High School,Tilak Road.

Written by Swasti Chatterjee | Pune | Published: February 2, 2012 12:54:42 am

From an exhibition of charts and models on natural disasters to a prayer for Mother Nature,students of MES Bhave School paid tribute to the planet by celebrating Geography Day

With a garlanded globe,praises for the planet and a brief session on Mother Nature,January 14 turned into a special day for the students of MES Bhave High School,Tilak Road. They gathered at their playground in the morning to celebrate ‘Geography Day’ with a series of events. The celebrations began with a brief introduction about the significance of this day. K N Arnale,principal of the school,gave the assembled students an insight into various issues and factors concerning the planet. “Geography Day is very significant because this subject is all encompassing. Pollution,global warming and deforestation have increased immensely in the last few decades. So,as a place of learning,we thought it necessary for us to acquaint our students with the basics of geography,” said Arnale. “Our students should know the reasons behind a summer vacation or the dropping temperatures,” he emphasised.

The entire school worshiped Goddess Saraswati and offered prayers to the globe. “The globe is a mini-version of bhu-mata or Mother Nature and we should pay tribute and show respect to it,” opined Jaysing Jagtap,a Geography teacher at the school. This tribute was followed by an exhibition which showcased models and illustrations to explain several natural disasters. The entire staff and 200 students participated in a short prayer service to praise Mother Nature.

“Despite such massive improvements in technology,we are helpless against earthquakes or tsunamis. It is impossible to survive if we take undue advantage of nature,” Jagtap said,stressing on living in harmony with the world around us.

The exhibition,which witnessed the creative side of the students in the latter half of the day,had over 30 models representing several facets of geography and nearly 100 charts prepared by the students to showcase earthquakes,volcanoes,lunar eclipse and so on. Prizes were distributed to students who made the best chart and models.

Post the success of this day,Arnale and other staff members are gearing up to develop a ‘jagruti laboratory’ or a practical class for Geography students to give them hands-on experience. They will measure temperatures,distances of the earth and other features of the planet’s physical geography. “Our aim is to make the students aware about the harm we cause when we interfere and damage the earth’s natural reserve,” said Jagtap.

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