Pope Francis in the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, says about St. Francis of Assisi: “Just as happens when we fall in love with someone, whenever he would gaze at the sun, the moon or the smallest of animals, he burst into song, drawing all other creatures into his praise.”
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Nazareth School, Chandapura, conducted various activities to instill a love for nature in the minds and hearts of the students. The elementary school children were taken for a stroll in the garden of Nazareth Convent in Chandrapura on Aug. 3, 2023.
The main objective was to encourage children to utilize their senses to observe and explain the various parts of nature. They enjoyed observing the various hues and textures of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
The staff and the children enjoyed a quiet and meditative time. They realized that without providing adequate care, a plant cannot grow efficiently. They were also reminded that even though food is provided by nature, it must still be produced by human hands and labor.
Throughout this activity, the children pledged not to waste food. They returned to school loaded with feelings of gratefulness and a sense of appreciation for all the farmers in our country who labor tirelessly to produce the food we eat.
Agricultural Trip to Model Farm
On Aug. 4, the ninth-grade students at Nazareth School, Chandapura, traveled to Escorts Model Farm in Bangalore for an additional study excursion. It was a study day focused on farming and agriculture.
It was the farm’s 70 acres, where various vegetables like thyme, parsley, chilies, bamboo, etc. are farmed. Farm employees gave children instructions on the various techniques for growing and harvesting vegetables and herbs.
They became more familiar with the various tractors and tilling equipment used in fields. This visit taught the students about transportation, crop harvesting, and crop seasonality. They realized the importance of agriculture in sustaining society. This excursion was extremely educational and instructive for both the teachers and the students.
The SCNs were happy to hear the positive responses from the students on this activity. Their small effort to save the earth has brought interest and love for nature into the hearts and minds of the students.