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The Great Planting Fest at Vidya Ghat

In the heart of BBMP Girls High School Cleveland Town, under the stewardship of Headmaster Mr. Venkataraju, a group of bright 8th-grade students embarked on a journey of discovery and empowerment with the Veggie4School curriculum. Among them were Dilashad Banu, Hajira, and Priyadarshini V, each eager to learn and make a difference. 

As the workshops unfolded, the students’ enthusiasm was contagious. With eager eyes and attentive minds, they absorbed every lesson with a thirst for knowledge. Whether it was Dilashad Banu discussing planting techniques or Mehak eagerly asking questions about plant care, it was clear that their curiosity knew no bounds. 

When the time came to put their newfound knowledge into practice, the students eagerly rolled up their sleeves. With Hajira leading the charge and Mithra R offering a helping hand, they worked together to transplant seedlings into their designated garden boxes. Their faces lit up with determination as they carefully tended to each plant, knowing that they were playing a vital role in nurturing new life. 

As they learned about the importance of smart watering and plant protection, the students nodded in agreement, recognizing the value of these practices in fostering healthy plant growth. With Poornisha and Saba Fathima eagerly absorbing every detail, it was clear that their commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship ran deep. 

  • Application of Learned Concepts to Improve Gardens: Most of the students are eager to apply their workshop knowledge to enhance their gardens, showing practical understanding and proactive sustainability. 75% 75%
  • Enjoyment of Workshops and Increased Interest in Gardening: The workshops were widely enjoyed, sparking increased interest in gardening among students through engaging and informative hands-on activities. 75% 75%
  • Confidence in Planning and Caring for a Garden: All the students felt more confident in planning and caring for a garden after the workshops, showing a boost in their gardening skills. 100% 100%
  • Understanding Plants’ Needs for Growth: All the students comprehensively understood what plants need to grow well, showcasing a strong grasp of concepts related to space, light, and water requirements. 100% 100%

Student Commitment and Confidence in Sustainable Gardening

  • Adoption of Square-Foot Gardening, Biodegradable Pots, or Smart Watering: 38% of students expressed their intention to use all three techniques—square-foot gardening, biodegradable pots, and smart watering—in their future gardens. This indicates a significant interest in adopting comprehensive sustainable gardening practices, showcasing a commitment to environmental stewardship and innovative gardening methods learned through the Veggie4School curriculum.
  • Perceived Impact of Workshop Learnings on Future Gardens: A vast majority (88%) of students believe that what they learned today will definitely improve their current or future gardens, indicating strong confidence in the effectiveness of the Veggie4School curriculum in enhancing their gardening skills and outcomes.
    For the students of BBMP Girls High School Cleveland Town, the Veggie4School curriculum was more than just a series of workshops; it was an opportunity to connect with nature, learn new skills, and make a positive impact on their environment. With Mr. Venkataraju’s guidance, they emerged not only as gardeners but as advocates for change, ready to cultivate a greener, more sustainable future for themselves and their community. And as they tended to their gardens with care and dedication, they planted the seeds of change, promising a brighter tomorrow for all. 

Active Participation in the Green Leaders

Dilashad Banu, Hajira Keerthi S A Mehak Mithra R Poornisha Priyadarshini V Rajeshwari V Saba Fathima Sarika N Shakthi V Shruthi Uma Maheshwari Zohrabi