Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies(ABC&AR) Camp

21 Feb Mangan(IPR): Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies(ABC&AR) camp was conducted by SARAH(Sikkim Anti Rabies and Animal Health) w.e.f 8th to 19th February at North Sikkim. The stray dogs were caught from surrounding areas of Mangan , several villages of the District and were sterilized and vaccinated against Rabies and also de-wormed. A total nos. of 268 dogs were sterilized and 303 dogs vaccinated.
The Government of Sikkim has recognized the importance of Animal Welfare activities and created SARAH division to reduce stray dog population by humane and sustainable means. SARAH is the first Government sanctioned initiative in the whole of India to implement the animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies programme.
Prior to its establishment authorities confronted with ever increasing stray canine population and rampant human and animal rabies deaths, resorted to mass bullet shooting .However despite such horrible and cruel practices the rabies and stray population was never under control. Now due to the dedicated efforts of the division , there has been a significant decline in both human and animal Rabies .
In 2006 The Department of AH&VS Govt. of Sikkim in conjunction with Sikkim Society for Prevention of Cruelty towards Animals and International NGOs like the Brigitte Bardot Fondation, Vets Beyond Borders began implementing the State wide ABC and AR program. Due to the success and commitment of the stakeholders the Government of Sikkim on 22nd March 2009 created a separate division within the AH LF&VS department so that ABC/AR and other animal welfare works can be permanently implemented.
Since then the program has become a huge success and this in turn has a positive impact on Public health, Environment, wildlife and tourism in the State.
Dogs have not only remained Man’s best friend but they effectively prevent wild life intruders like bears monkeys Jackal and thus prevent a big disaster which often goes unnoticed. They also effectively control rats and other vermin thus preventing a potential disease transmission. Thus irresponsible pet ownership and abandoning of sick and unmanageable dogs in streets monasteries/temples, careless breeding , dumping of puppies in the streets to fend for themselves should be discouraged. As this, not only goes beyond the definition of “being humane” but also in turn impacts, community health , environment and Tourism.
The detail nos. of dogs operated for Animal Birth Control(ABC) and vaccinated against Rabies(ARV) during the camp held are as follows
8th feb :Mangan Town: 28 dogs
9th feb:Mangan Town: 49 dogs
10th Feb:Lingdong /Barfok /L.Dzongu :18 Dogs
11th Feb:Mangshilla/Namok :14 Dogs
13th Feb:Mangan Vet Hospital :18 dogs
14th Feb: Heegyathang :19dogs
15th Feb: Passingdong :26 dogs
16th Feb: Tinchim: 11 dogs
17th Feb: Mangshilla : 24 dogs
18th Feb: Namok/Swyem:21 Dogs
19th Feb: Lum l.Dongu: 15 Dogs
20th Feb: Mangan/Chadey:25 dogs

‘Partnership Agreement’

GANGTOK, February 18 (IPR): UNESCO MGIEP and the Human Resource Development Department(HRDD), Govt. of Sikkim signed a ‘Partnership Agreement’ for the project to embed concepts of Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in textbooks of core subjects for the schools of Sikkim.
The project will be implemented by State Council of Education, Research and Training (SCERT), HRDD, Sikkim and third party partnership with Ajim Premji University, Bangalore.
After signing agreement with UNESCO, Sikkim became the first state in the country to have school Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED).
Agreement was signed between Additional Chief Secretary, HRDD, Mr. G. P Upadhaya and UNESCO MGIEP Curricular Head, Miss, Yoko Mochizuki at a local hotel this evening.
As the world gears up to achieving SDGs, it was informed that the Embedding Project of UNESCO MGIEP will play a key role in supporting Member States’ efforts to achieve SDG 4.7 on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED). The project aims to embed concepts of peace, global citizenship and sustainable development in textbooks of core subjects especially Mathematics, Science, Language and Geography.
Additional Chief Secretary, Mr. G. P Upadhaya said, “Sikkim is the first state to enter into agreement with UNESCO. It a happy and a proud moment for Sikkim and HRDD to have Sustainable Development Goals incorporated in school curriculum from Classes I-V. We are grateful to state government and UNESCO for giving this opportunity. A total of 45 resources teachers are being trained for this project. This is this first time where we are training teachers for textbook writing scientifically and we are in the process to adopt and pass Sustainable Development Act. In terms of education it very important to have SDGs in school education for the future generation.”
He also said that education for peace, education for sustainable development (ESD), Global Citizenship Education (GCED), Global Learning, Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR), Human Rights Education etc have existed for a while and their significance is huge in the education sector. Embedding in core subjects puts the values and principles of sustainable development at the heart of education and contribute to achieving education ‘for’ sustainable development. Around 30 experts from around the world have produced a guidebook on embedding for textbook authors titled ‘Textbooks for Sustainable Development’. In its next phase, UNESCO MGIEP is partnering with textbook development agencies and governments to train textbook authors utilising the guidebook as a resource, it was informed.
Curricular Head, Miss. Yoko Mochizuki said, “it is a great learning journey for us in improving the education textbook system in Sikkim and we are looking forward to this opportunity in front of us.”
Director, SCERT Dr. Rabin Chettri informed that textbook from Class I-V will be ready from end of this December for pilot project.
The program was also attended by the officials of HRDD along with representatives from UNESCO MGIEP.