PEHS Students had a Fun-Filled Learning Experience in the Mangroves and on a Warship

– Sumitra Poojary

Mother nature has always blessed us abundantly. One of its boons is the dense, swampy mangrove forest, which is found in various parts of the world. Powai English High School (PEHS) on 26th November organized an Ecology Field Trip for Class 8 students to Godrej Mangroves under the leadership of Jane Goodall Institute India (JGI) in association with Oceanside Club PEHS. The objective of the trip was to create awareness about the important presence of mangrove forests in India and to inculcate the need for a healthy environment in them.

Mr. Hemant a staff gave detailed information and explained to the students the importance of Mangrove forests. A highly knowledgeable person about the area highlighted many aspects of the flora and fauna and various species seen around the mangroves. The children enjoyed the watch tower too. Along with PEHS teachers Ms. Lubina, a volunteer “Ocean are Us” accompanied them.

Also as a part of Navy Week 2022, the students had the great opportunity to be an integral part of the Indian Navy ship tour in Mumbai organized in association with the Rotary Club of Powai. Under the guidance of Rtn Rajan Dua Lieutenant Governor (2023-24) Chief Coordinator Military Projects, Rtn. Commodore BK Ahluwalia VSM (Retd) Coordinator Military Projects, the next generation was introduced to the work, activities, role, and relevance of the Indian Navy in ensuring the maritime security of the nation.

During the visit, the students saw a display of various weapons in the inventory of the Indian Navy. The students got an opportunity to board the warship INS Chennai under the guidance of a naval officer. The students were also shown video clips on various operations carried out by the Indian Navy and marine life.

Under the guidance of Principal Mrs. Shirley Udayakumar, P.E.H.S has started an environmental conservation campaign, sensitizing students about the value of mangroves. The trip to the Indian Navy has inspired many to join the Indian Navy in the future.

The principal said that such field trips will be continued for the benefit of the students.

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