Herbal garden in EESAP schools Objectives: • Sensitize students about importance of medicinal plants • Develop skills in students to maintain gardens • Involve community in garden development • Learning and sharing The duration of the project is two years (June 2008 to May 2010)
National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB) • NMPB was formed on November 24, 2000 • Working under Ministry of Health, Family and Welfare • Role: • Awareness • Cultivation • Research • Processing and Marketing • Latest agro-technologies • conservation of rural plants
Andhra Pradesh Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Board (APMAB) • APMAB has been set up during the year 2002 with the support of National Medicinal Plants Board. • The objective of the Board is: • Sustainable management of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP) for plant based drug industries and Traditional Health Practitioners • Conservation of biodiversity • Promoting the MAP as a rural livelihood package • Value addition and showcasing MAP products to gain entry into global markets • Popularizing the traditional medicine as a creditable and safe health programme so as to integrate with primary healthcare
History of medicinal plants/herbs in India • Plant based medicine is ancient (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeo) • Self reliance medical care system • Usage in modern & traditional system of medicine • Herbal plants - why ?
About EESAP • A project of CEE supported by Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) • Started in year 2000 • Objective: • Students are environmental literate, sensitive & they are empowered to take action in their local conditions • Activity based environmental education
Linking with EESAP • Existing cluster approach • Covering all 3 geographical areas of schools in A.P • Requirement of schools for herbal garden under promotion scheme
Process • Selection of schools • Capacity building of NGO’s • Orientation by NGO’s to school teacher’s • Development of herbal garden by teachers, students & follow up by NGO’s/CEE • Monitoring visits • Annual events in school • Reporting by NGO’s /CEE
Pre-requisites at school level • Presence of compound wall • Water facility throughout the year • Ownership of land by school • Land area in the school of the size 1/10 of hectare (1000 sq.mt) for developing herbal gardens • Willingness of the school to develop a herbal garden
Methodology • Two EESAP teachers from each school will be trained by the NGO representative. • After the trainings participatory garden planning exercises will be conducted in each school involving the community for garden plan, initiation and management. • The garden will be initiated on the same day in the school with the help of community and students.
Major deliverables expected from NGOs • Facilitating teacher trainings in each school • Conducting participatory garden planning exercises and Garden Initiation in each school • Five monitoring visits in each year and reporting to CEE (bi-monthly) • Support to CEE during monitoring visits • Handholding support to the schools • Documentation and data maintenance
Results in schools at the end of first year • Shrubs • Nelavemu • Tulasi • Senna • Nela Usiri • Ashwagandha • Kalabandha • Tippatheega • Maredu gaddalu • Infrastructure • Fencing • Gate • Irrigation facility • Interpretation boards • Student committees • Garden security • Community involvement • Trees • Amla • Jamun • Wood Apple • Bael • Neem
Benefits • Board (NMPB/APMAB): • Seed bank • Marketing • Students: • Awareness & low cost school first aid • Conservation practices • Waste management • Community • Farmers awareness • Conservation of local species