Organic Farming introduced in 89 Secondary, Senior Secondary and Junior High Schools

Namchi, 27th October (IPR): An introduction of Organic Farming in 89 Secondary, Senior Secondary and Junior High Schools alongwith orientation of school heads and students was held at the conference hall of Kewzing Senior Secondary School, today. Organized, by State Project Office, Samagra Shiksha, Human Resource Development Department had Minister Mr. R. B. Subba as the Chief Guest and Additional Chief Secretary HRDD Mr. G. P. Upadhayay as the guest of honor. Also, present amongst others were Director (SCERT) Mr. Robin Chettri, Additional Director HRDD (South) Ms. Binita Thapa, Principal Kewzing Senior Secondary School Mr. M.L. Koirala alongside principals, school heads from other districts, panchayats, school management committee and students at large.

Addressing, the gathering Chief Guest Minister HRDD Mr. R. B. Subba spoke about the significance of Organic Farming and how it has brought about laurels to the state including the recent prestigious Future Policy Gold Award that the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling received at the United Nations FAO, headquarters in Rome.
Mr. Subba stated that this is the second launch of Organic Farming being introduced in schools thereby making it the second phase of this program. He brought to light that the State Government has consistently worked towards the development of educational scenario in Sikkim and is in the process of filling up the vacant post at the various kinds of educational institutes. He also spoke about the imperativeness of the principals and teachers to be available in the schools especially in extreme rural areas. Mr. Subba underlined that education should be holistic and all inclusive in nature and that it shouldn’t be bound to only four walls of the classroom. Additionally, the Minister also encouraged the students of the school to aim and get selected for the Atal Tinkering Lab as these lab will acquaint the students with innovative and state-of-the-art equipment. The Minister also shared the State Governments vision in establishing an Organic University in Sikkim in near future which will further accelerate the study, implementation and research on organic farming. Moreover, he underscored that a conference for teachers will be held at the earliest wherein concrete suggestions with regards to the teachers will be looked upon.

Speaking, during the occasion Additional Chief Secretary HRDD Mr. G. P. Upadhayay detailed about Organic Farming and emphasized that the students to practise and learn about this farming. He highlighted that since, Sikkim has been presented with the tag of being the first Organic Farming state in the country it has propled the intectualls from far and wide to study about Organic Farming of the State and urged the students to be knowledgeable in this type of beneficial farming. He also advocated the students to become entrepreneurs in organic farming as it is an emerging and luractive business globally.

Director SCERT, Mr. Robin Chettri briefed about the new text book ‘Organic Farming’ which has been developed by NCERT and SCERT which he informed will be distributed to the selected schools. He updated that the content of the textbook has been designed by the representatives of NCERT and the officials of HRDD, and further termed this collaboration a pioneering concept. He also detailed about the features of the textbook which will include various success stories on farmers and villages of organic farming, various methods on traditional organic farming along with marketing and certification process of the organic farming produce. Mr. Chettri also informed that if permitted UNESCO will be showcasing the success story of Organic Farmers of Sikkim at various international forums from next year onwards.

During, the course of the program various important aspect of Organic Farming was imparted by Mr. Karma Sherpa Joint Director, Organic Farming Mission. Additionally, a ppt presentation on organic farming practised by the schools all over Sikkim was showcased to the attendees.

The Chief Guest along with the dignitaries distributed certificates to various students who has excelled in academics, sports and organic farming. They also handed over financial aid to Kewzing Senior Secondary School and Eklavya Model Residential School, North. On the occasion, the Chief Guest also planted a sapling of rhododendron in the school premises. Earlier, the Minister along with the officials inspected the organic outlet and various other stalls put up at the school.

SIKKIM BAGS GOLD IN “FUTURE POLICY AWARD 2018”

Future Policy Award 2018 crowns best policies on agroecology and sustainable food systems.
The “100% organic state” Sikkim in India wins Gold. Policies from Brazil, Denmark and Ecuador honoured with Silver Awards.

Hamburg/Rome, 12 October 2018 – The world’s best laws and policies promoting agroecology are awarded the Future Policy Award (FPA) 2018. The “100% organic state” Sikkim, in India,is this year’s winner of the “Oscar for best policies”, beating 51 nominated policies from 25 countries. Policies from Brazil, Denmark and Quito (Ecuador) take home Silver Awards. This year’s award is co-organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International.

Gold Prize winner Sikkim is the first organic state in the world. All of its farmland is certified organic. At the same time, Sikkim’s approach reaches beyond organic production and has proven truly transformational for the state and its citizens. Embedded in its design are socioeconomic aspects such as consumption and market expansion, cultural aspects as well as health, education, rural development and sustainable tourism. The policy implemented a phase out of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and achieved a total ban on sale and use of chemical pesticides in the state.The transition has benefitted more than 66 000 farming families.The Sikkim tourism sector has benefited greatly from the state’s transition to 100 percent organic: the number of tourists increased by over 50 percent between 2014 and 2017. As such, Sikkim sets an excellent example of how other Indian states and countries worldwide can successfully upscale agroecology.

Three Silver Awards are granted to:
• Brazil’s National Policy for Agroecology and Organic Production (PNAPO, 2012):In its first cycle of activities PNAPO invested 364 million Euros. Amongst others, it helped 5,300 municipalities to invest 30% or more of their school feeding budgets in organic and agroecological products purchased from family farmers.
• Denmark’s Organic Action Plan(2011-2020, updated in 2015): As a result of the Action Plan, Denmark has the highest market share of organic products in the world, with almost 80 percent of Danes purchasing organic food.
• Quito’s Participatory Urban Agriculture Programme (AGRUPAR, 2002): With over 3 600 urban gardens growing on 32 hectares and more than 21 000 people trained, AGRUPAR fosters food security, increases incomes, and enhances ecosystem functions.

The Vision Award goes to TEEBAgriFood, an initiative of “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” (TEEB) by UN Environment.TEEBAgriFood has developed a comprehensive evaluation framework for food systems that helps decision-makers to compare different policies and the market to value food more accurately.

The three Honourable Mentions of the Future Policy Award, this year go to the Good Food Purchasing Policy of Los Angeles, USA (2012), to the Agriculture Development Programme of Ndiob, Senegal (2017) and to the From Arms to Farms Programme of Kauswagan, the Philippines (2011).

Winners of this year’s Future Policy Award will be celebrated in a ceremony on 15 October 2018 at FAO headquarters during the World Food Week in Rome. A life webcast is available at http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/4874/icode/and

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The Future Policy Award 2018 is co-organised by the World Future Council, FAO and IFOAM – Organics International, with the support of Green Cross International, DO-IT – Dutch Organic International Trade and Sekem Group, Egypt.
Statements from the World Future Council, FAO and IFOAM – Organics International:
“By scaling up agroecology, it is possible to tackle malnutrition, social injustice, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. Through effective, holistic policymaking, we can transform our food systems so that they respect people and planet. The 2018 Future Policy Award winners prove that it is feasible – and how. Policymakers across the globe should follow their example and step up similar exemplary political action!” says Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council.

Maria-Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, states:“A transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems is critical to achieving sustainable development, and the 2018 Future Policy Award is unique as it highlights policies that advance such a transition. FAOis proud to honour, along with the World Future Council and IFOAM – Organics International, such leadership and political will.”

“This year’s Future Policy Award honours exceptional policies adopted by political leaders who have decided to act, no longer accepting widespread hunger, poverty or environmental degradation. They are committed to better food and agriculture systems, and have achieved unimaginable change,”notes Louise Luttikholt, Executive Director of IFOAM – Organics International. “One of them is Sikkim’s Chief Minister Pawan Chamling who set an ambitious vision and achieved it:Sikkim became the first organic state in the world –100% Organic is no longer a pipe dream but a reality, serving as an outstanding role model for others to follow.”

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About the Future Policy Award
The Future Policy Award is the only award which honours policies on an international level. Each year, the World Future Council chooses a topic for the Future Policy Award on which policy progress is particularly urgent. In partnership with FAO and IFOAM – Organics International, the 2018 Future Policy Award will highlight policies that scale up agroecology to contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods of small-scale food producers, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement climate resilient agricultural practices. More information about this year’s Future Policy Award is available at: https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/2018-agroecology

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SPD Samagra Shiksha Represents HRDD in NEC Meeting at Shillong on Capacity Building Teachers.

October 11, 2018, Shillong: (IPR) A conference of the North East Council (NEC) and British Council was held in the NEC Secretariat on the subject ‘British Council Pilot Project of Capacity Building of Teachers’ which was chaired by NEC Secretary Shri Ram Muivah. The conference was attended by Alan Gemmel OBE, Director British Council, Kh. Siile Anthony, Director/HRD&E, NEC, Sri Joydeep Bordoloi, Head, NE, British Council, Bhim Thatal, Director/Primary Education and State Project Director, Samagra Shiksha along with other representatives of the North-East States.

While addressing the conference, the Secretary, NEC, Shri Ram Muivah appreciated the initiatives taken by the State of Sikkim in education sector and applauded the innovative practices of Sikkim. He also asked the other NE States to learn from Sikkim in educational development and quality innovations.

While addressing the conference , the SPD Bhim Thatal mentioned about the future initiatives of the HRDD and also invited the other NE States to visit our schools. While mentioning about capacity building of teachers, he said that the primary focus of the HRDD is the primary education and capacity building of Primary Teachers is priority. He also mentioned that the KG system introduced in Sikkim is soon being taken as module by the Mordant NCERT for starting g pre primary education in the rest of the country.

He further said that the HRDD will select 100 PRTs from all the districts who will be trained in Gangtok for five days in order to enable them teach English at primary level. From these 100 trained teachers, 50 will be shortlisted as Master Trainers who will further be trained on Training of Trainer lines to enable them train more teachers. In the next phase, capacity building for Mathematics and Science teaching will be taken up.