Tuesday, November 30, 2004

 

The environment as compulsory class

This is cool, and I wish every country would do something like this. This is from Sri Lanka.

Environment to be compulsory subject for O/Ls
by Florence Wickramage

A Cabinet paper with a proposal to include Environment as a subject in the school curriculum from Grade 6 onwards and to make it a compulsory subject for the General Certificate of Education will be submitted to Government shortly by Environment and Natural Resources Minister A.H.M.Fowzie.

Addressing the media at Haputale, the Minister said that wanton damage to the environment was posing threats to human life and the health of the nation. Most of the wilful damage was caused by certain politicians, certain members of the police force and public institutions and businessmen who are after a quick buck at the expense of the environment.

Existing environmental laws would be revised and strengthened and those found guilty of contravening environmental laws would be severely punished.

Stressing that his mission was to create an environment-friendly healthy nation, the Minister added that school children were the best equipped to carry the message of Environmental Protection to the elders.

As such it is important that Environment should become part of the school curriculum. Minister Fowzie also said that in filling vacancies in his Ministry preference would be given to those who are actively engaged in environmental protection such as qualified young men and women who functioned as school animators during their school career.

Minister Fowzie was on an official visit to Horton Plains, Nuwara-Eliya, Haputale, Badulla and Welimada over the weekend. The Minister visited Horton Plains on Saturday to inspect the development work being carried out. Development of Horton Plains includes the establishment of a visitor centre and visitor facilities, new entrance to the park, new parking space for vehicles, viewing decks over the little and greater World's-End, establishment of new park trails etc.

At Haputale, Nuwara-Eliya, Badulla and Welimada Minister Fowzie commissioned drinking water facilities for remote villages in the Upper Watershed Project areas, reviewed progress of project work, handed over cattle to cultivators as an added income generator, visited several schools in the area and addressed school children. The Minister also had discussions with officials and communities coming under the project areas.

Director General, Department of Wildlife Conservation Dayananda Kariyawasam, Director Upper Watershed Management Project D.P.Munaweera and Ministry officials accompanied Minister Fowzie on the inspection tours.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2004/12/01/new24.html

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