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SUBHAMOY BHATTACHARJEE

Bokakhat, Assam

School children of “Nepali Khuti Banuwa Prathamik Bidyalaya,” an unexplored dot in the map of Assam have sacrificed one-day’s mid-day meal for rhino conservation in Kaziranga National Park.

School students of "Nepali Khuti Banuwa Prathamik Bidyalaya" of Bokakhat contributed their one day's Mid-Day Meal for the feeding of Kaziranga Flood rescued rhinos at Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), the joint wildife welfare facility run by Assam Forest Department and IFAW-WTI on Monday,8th August 2016. Photo: Prodip Hazarika

School children who sacrificed mid-day meal for rhino conservation.  Photo: Prodip Hazarika

The eight (8) flood rescued rhino calves under care at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) become a serious concern for these small kids though they have never met.

unique sense of conservation by the 137 odd school students who are enrolled for government mid-day meal programme, has touched all hearts

The children during their extra curriculum session namely “Saturday Club” became aware of the rhinos under care at CWRC, the Assam Forest Department and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) by their teachers during conservation awareness discussion last week.

The word that comes out of the discussion is “Let’s give our one day’s mid-day meal money to rhinos” ….and it’s done. The school children sacrificed their one day’s meal and bought milk packets for the rhinos.

Animal caretaker of Centre for Wildife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) of the joitly run wildlife care facility of Assam Forest Department and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) feeding the rescued rhino calves of Kaziranga flood at the large animal nursery on Tuesday,2nd August 2016.Photo:Subhamoy Bhattacharjee/IFAW-WTI

Rescued Rhino calves in a wildlife rehab centre. Photo: Subhamoy Bhattacharjee/IFAW-WT

Mentioning that Bubul Dutta, the head master of the school said, “I feel proud of my students who thought for the baby rhino calves and come out with a noble heart to contribute.”

Nepali Khuti Banuwa Prathamik Bidyalaya, the remote school away from Kaziranga was established in 1971. It has Pre-Primary to Class V with total number of 172 students now.

The unique sense of conservation by the 137 odd school students who are enrolled for government mid-day meal programme, has touched all hearts present at the meeting.

Dr. Rathin Barman, the deputy director of CWRC-IFAW-WTI who acknowledged the school children said, “It has crossed all the limits of ongoing rhino conservation efforts for the little ones at CWRC.  I am deeply touched with this noble gesture.”

Appreciating the efforts, Bipin Rajkhowa, chairman of the school managing committee mentioned the contribution of Uma Acharjee, Charumani Bora and Madhurima Das the teachers who are actively engaged for the all-around development of these children.

With this sacrifice the school children of Kuruwabahi gaon panchayat of Golaghat district, a milestone is newly set in the conservation history of Kaziranga.

Subhamoy Bhattacharjee, Assistant Manager, Awareness for Conservation Wildlife Trust of India.

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