Educationists in Goa resolve for Green Action

Margao, Goa: Over a hundred teachers, Principals and alumni came together in the famous Clube Harmonia for a One day seminar on eco-sensitivity and eco-friendly living. The program was ably organized by the alumni of the 150 year old Jesuit run Loyola High School.
The Chief Minister of the State, Sri Digambar Kamat inaugurated the workshop. As a chief minister, he stated he was viewing development of Goa without destroying the environment that made Goa the “paradise of the East.”

Fr. Anthony Da Silva welcomed the participants. Fr. Robert Athickal, Sri Digambar Kamat Chief Minister, Francisco Lume Pereira and Dr. Orla Hazra

The Jesuit Provincial Fr. Anthony da Silva joined the Chief Minister to light the traditional lamp along with Cosmologist Dr. Orla Hazra, the Principal of Loyola Fr. William Rodrigues SJ, Alumni (LESA)President Dr. Augustine Misquita and Co-ordinator of Tarumitra Fr. Robert Athickal. Fr. Anthony in his welcome address requested the Chief Minister to remain vigilant on the forces that are bent on destroying the fabled legendary Goa.
Chief Minister lighting the traditional lamp and inaugurated the Seminar

Chief Minister lighted the traditional lamp and inaugurated the seminar

Alice Misquita who compered the programme expressed hope that the teachers and parents would help the students to take into their head their unique role as decision-makers of tomorrow. Mr. Francisco Lume Pereira of the Fomento Resources reiterated the firm resolve his company has taken to promote environmental care.

Co-ordinating the workshop , Fr. Athickal warned the assembly that the present day Goa would disappear right in front of their eyes in less than ten years. He said that the city was bursting at its seams as an unprecedented number of visitors made a beeline to the city. The holiday makers would return to their respective places after dumping piles of stinking garbage into the city drains and the now drying River Mandovi.

Teachers, Principals and Alumni members took active participation

A core group of teachers was constituted to carry on the follow up actions under the leadership of Ms Durga Shirodkar, Loyola high school. Ms. Luisa Mascarenhas, Our Lady of Lourdes, Utorda, Ms Dulcina Pereira, Fatima Convent HS, Ms Shaefali Lendhay Vidya Vikas Academy, Anita Keny New Era HS are the members of the core group.

Newly constituted Core team to follow up the Tarumitra process with Fr. Athickal and Dr. Orla Hazra. Mrs. Durga Shirodkar on the extreme right

A second Seminar was also organized by the Jesuits in the nearby city Belgaum on the following day. Besides the Jesuits, students and teachers from St. Joseph’s, St. Paul’s, Sarvodaya, Bhatkande, Divine Mercy and Divine Providence also joined the sessions.

Students from St. Joseph’s, St. Paul’s, Sarvodaya, Bhatkande, Divine Mercy and Divine Providence

The venue of the meeting was the Xavier Training College (XTS)with its 70 acre farm greenery at the background. Over a hundred participants promised to take up action. Each of the schools planned a number of action plans for the year. Fr. Roland Coelho S.J along with Fr. Beneto Fernandes SJ promised to co-ordinate the campaign in Belgaum at the foothills of the Western Ghats. XTS offered the students a round the clock welcome for future eco-camps in its spacious campus.

Hands up and raring to go! Student delegates  from six schools at XTS Belgaum

Fr. Agnelo Mascarenhas  from Panjim Goa, accompanied the Tarumitra team to Belgaum. He also compered the workshop for the Jesuits on 26 Feb evening. The 25 plus veteran Jesuit educationists who brainstormed for Belgaum suggested the possibility of XTS becoming a hub for the conservation of Bio-diversity. They asked Fr. Benita Fernandes if he could pioneer a Bio-reserve for the State as well as to resort to the organic farming methods in the campus.

Activist assistant Fr. Agnelo Mascarenhas S.J with students who made sure that the Tarumitra team met the deadlines in time

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