Class IX – Agri Literacy

Learning Objective – Hands on learning experience in agriculture

Education for Sustainability – February 2017

As the SUPW sessions for grade IX draws to a close, 5 diverse agriculturists visited the school. On this occasion, the students presented a recap of the year’s activities. The agriculturists participated in a panel discussion which was moderated by Ms.Radha Varadarajan, the SUPW facilitator. The panel consisted of IT professionals and engineers, who have quit their careers to become agriculturists, terrace farming enthusiasts and traditional farmers from Kancheepuram. The students listened intently to discussions on how the recent demonetization has affected farmers. They were surprised to know that its effect on them was actually quite minimal. They spoke about the difficulties they faced while opting for farming as a career, including lack of respect in society. Doubts and clarifications were answered very well by the panel and the students thoroughly enjoyed the session.

Education for Sustainability – January 2017  

Flipped classroom session dealing with farmer suicides in the wake of farmer suicides in TN, which is a fairly new occurrence. Discussed the effects of demonetisation, change in political climate (passing away of the Chief Minister) and the issues caused by sudden unexpected cyclones like Vardha.  Discussion on Natural Resources Management in light of this year being a drought year immediately following a flood year.

Students interacted with Ms Mahima, a grassroots animal welfare activist and an organic farmer.

Students of Kurinji harvested their vegetables and sold them to the teachers. They plan to use the proceeds to give the gardener annas a token of their appreciation for helping them take care of the vegetables.

Education for Sustainability – November 2016 

Preparing the soil for sowing vegetable seeds.

Discussion on the Chennai floods

Sowing the seeds in the planters – keerai of different kinds have been sown

Education for Sustainability – October 2016

Students of Kurinji researched the basics of gardening and worked on their planting boxes.

The other grade 9 students gained exposure to the ecological significance of bees in the sustenance of our species. They researched and presented on the factors influencing the extinction of species.

The session on October 31 had a power point on the facts and figures of agriculture in India, following which the students had a quiz to test their learning

Education for Sustainability – September 2016

No class due to exams and outbound trip

Education for Sustainability – August 2016 

Students harvested the greens which they had planted earlier. They were ecstatic at being able to grow their own vegetables; they also marketed and sold their fresh organic vegetables.

Understanding the food value chain and its components

Students identified the ingredients in items like tea bag, peanut sweet etc. They were given the assignment of coming up with a food value chain for the food item given to their group.

Education for Sustainability – July 2016

Students debated on centralized versus industrialized food systems. They learnt more about agriculture, environment and food by enthusiastically participating in a quiz on the subject. The geopolitics behind the ‘Jalikattu’ ban called for by PETA and other animal activits group was discussed. The case was presented dispassionately from both sides and the cultural context was analyzed and discussed. Students watched videos to understand different perspectives of the issue and to reflect upon their own standpoint. Class IX Marutham painted their wooden planter boxes as they waited for their vegetables to grow.

Quiz it up

Jalikattu – the untold story

Decorative planters

Education for Sustainability – June 2016

Students of Kurunji and Neidhal engaged themselves in classroom discussions and debates on concepts like Food miles, Commercial Food production and centralized versus decentralized food system

Students of Marutham worked on the garden plots and tried their hand in tilling the soil.

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