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Rainforest School Programme, Hiniduma

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The area of Hiniduma is surrounded by rainforest patches, but in this rich environment many local communities have lost their traditional knowledge of forest flora and fauna. Combined with the prolific deforestation that has destroyed much of the native environment, the remaining rainforest is under threat from encroachment and mistreatment. To this end, Khoning School in Holland and Both Ends have supported us in running an environmental education programme for five schools in Hiniduma with 353 students aged 11-18.

Environmental education


Our aim was to foster pupil’s interest in their local environment, and develop their confidence in understanding the fragility, beauty and function of the forest. We delivered lectures and facilitated workshops for both teachers and pupils on a range of topics including: plant and animal diversity; endemic fish, birds, snakes and amphibians; native ecosystems and the different climate belts found in Sri Lanka. We also ran a two day workshop on forest research for teachers in Kanneliya rainforest.




Medicinal garden development


In each school we also worked with children to set up a medicinal forest garden. This helped students learn about plant structures and uses and enhanced the school environment. The medicinal plants provide an addedvalue service to the community, as students, teachers and parents can use the plants for free. The plants were provided by our nursery in Baddegama, and all schools have set-up environmental organisations to manage the gardens.


Achievements


  • Participants have gained an appriciation and undrstanding of the importance of the forest and its inhabitants.
  • Teachers feel confident in running their own lessons on forest biodiversity.
  • Through practicle sessions, pupils overcome their fear of animals such as snacks and spiders and grew confident in handling different species in a humman manner.
  • The school garden managed by school group has provided a long term educational tool for students as well as the additional benifit of medicinal plants for the community.
  • School enviroment and local biodiversity has been improoved
  • A set of lerning matirials on Sri Lankan biodiversity has been developed for future use with other school
  • School raised awarenesss in the community of the problems of collecting ornamental fish from the wild for export. This ellegal trade has now been greatly reduced.
  • Weniwel, a highly threatend vine collected from the wild for its medicinal propaties, has been grown in school gardens and children's home gardens, to protect it.
======= Forest for the Future
  • Phone: +94 91 223 2585
  • info@fff.lk

Rainforest School Programme, Hiniduma

Help us with your donation...

The area of Hiniduma is surrounded by rainforest patches, but in this rich environment many local communities have lost their traditional knowledge of forest flora and fauna. Combined with the prolific deforestation that has destroyed much of the native environment, the remaining rainforest is under threat from encroachment and mistreatment. To this end, Khoning School in Holland and Both Ends have supported us in running an environmental education programme for five schools in Hiniduma with 353 students aged 11-18.

Environmental education


Our aim was to foster pupil’s interest in their local environment, and develop their confidence in understanding the fragility, beauty and function of the forest. We delivered lectures and facilitated workshops for both teachers and pupils on a range of topics including: plant and animal diversity; endemic fish, birds, snakes and amphibians; native ecosystems and the different climate belts found in Sri Lanka. We also ran a two day workshop on forest research for teachers in Kanneliya rainforest.




Medicinal garden development


In each school we also worked with children to set up a medicinal forest garden. This helped students learn about plant structures and uses and enhanced the school environment. The medicinal plants provide an addedvalue service to the community, as students, teachers and parents can use the plants for free. The plants were provided by our nursery in Baddegama, and all schools have set-up environmental organisations to manage the gardens.


Achievements


  • Participants have gained an appriciation and undrstanding of the importance of the forest and its inhabitants.
  • Teachers feel confident in running their own lessons on forest biodiversity.
  • Through practicle sessions, pupils overcome their fear of animals such as snacks and spiders and grew confident in handling different species in a humman manner.
  • The school garden managed by school group has provided a long term educational tool for students as well as the additional benifit of medicinal plants for the community.
  • School enviroment and local biodiversity has been improoved
  • A set of lerning matirials on Sri Lankan biodiversity has been developed for future use with other school
  • School raised awarenesss in the community of the problems of collecting ornamental fish from the wild for export. This ellegal trade has now been greatly reduced.
  • Weniwel, a highly threatend vine collected from the wild for its medicinal propaties, has been grown in school gardens and children's home gardens, to protect it.
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