Impact on school teachers
Teachers, students and their parents learned about the effects of pesticides and now they are demanding to include this topic in their course curriculum too.
In these ten years of my career, I have never participated in any training or program related on pesticide issue. This training made me realize that we have been ignoring this awakening issue and jeopardizing people health in our community. This self-realization provided me energy to do something. Returning after the training, I communicated with other participants from Kalika municipality and asked them to come in solidarity in this pesticide minimization campaign. We talked about this with members of school management committee.
Having their approval and to make this campaign more systematic, we formed a group named ‘Kalika Agro Society’. After that we conducted awareness programs like inter school speech competition on pesticide and health effects for the lower secondary level students. We are now mobilizing students in survey about the situation of pesticide use at the community level. We are also looking forward to organize more informing program on pesticide through rallies and quiz contest.”- Sajan Thapa Magar (Shree Siddhi Vinayak Sec. English Boarding School, Chitwan)
Deepak Khadka, a teacher of Shree Siddhartha Secondary School at Jagatpur expressed his gratefulness to NPHF for proving opportunity to participate in the training that offered to him to learn about the pesticides and its harmful effects on health from the training. After training, with the help of the training teaching materials, Mr. Khadka delivered classes about pesticides and its adverse effects on health and surrounding environment and prevention measures for grades 8, 9 and 10 and expressed his commitment for the continuation of this awareness program to the students on weekly routine basis. He said that, “as most of the students are from the farmer families having agricultural background, this awareness program would be beneficial for them and the knowledge would also be transformed to their parents and neighbours as well.”