14 July, Thimphu: 145 students out of the 156 registered students from nine Thimthrom schools have successfully completed eight days of summer vacation in a meaningful engagement programme offered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Among the participants, 53 students were taken to Chimipang and offered them the experience on paddy transplantation and weeding, while others worked in a vegetable garden and mushroom, floriculture and Orchids farms. Students at Punakha also visited ARDC Bajo and the College of Natural Resources as exposure and outdoor education programmes.
Eleven students dropped out of the programme at Thimphu making the successful completion by 92 students who worked at the Samarzinkha Agro Forestry site and tree plantation at Dordena, Kuenselphodrang. Students of the Thimphu group also visited the Dechenphu and Tashichhodzong plantation sites for outdoor education exposure.
During an open air concluding session in the evening of 13 July at Kuenselphodrang both groups from Chimipang and Thimphu gathered to express their learning experiences among themselves. Many students volunteered and presented the lessons learnt and expressed their satisfaction for gaining the farming experiences. Officials present were the Director General of the Department of School Education and the Director of the Department of Agriculture led by the Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji.
Speaking to the students the Sanam Lyonpo expressed his happiness in seeing students completing the programme without any casualties and sickness. He also spoke of his hopes that the students would now appreciate the hard work done by our farmers in producing food for all of us and now value food and also reduce food waste. The students were also given appreciation School Agriculture Programme (SAP) medals. Such programmes are expected to be formalised in the planned periods for proper execution in the future.
– Submitted by B.B Rai (Coordinator)
School Agriculture Program
Department of Agriculture
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