In a bid to instil a sense of environmental responsibility and promote sustainable development among the future genaration, the Social Service Authority sri lanka, in collaboration with the Naula Divisional Sectarian Office, has embarked on a transformative program in partnership with the Good Hands Initiative. The initiative revolves around an innovative “Kapruka from School” environmental program cantered on coconut cultivation.
This forward-looking initiative took shape following an invitation from Mrs. Chamika, Officer of the Children Protection Authority in Naula. Her collaboration with the Good Hands Project paved the way for a meaningful partnership with educational institutions in Naula, starting with Haaduwa Junior School in the Udahaaduwa GN Division. Since November 2023, the Good Hands Project officers, working closely with Principal Mrs. Rathnasiri and Zonal Education Officer Mr. Bandara, have been crafting a tailored program for the school. Their unwavering commitment and efforts gained the endorsement and support of the Principal and the Naula Divisional Education Office after fruitful discussions in November 2023.
Haaduwa Junior School, situated within the Udahaduwa GN Division, approximately 10 kilometers away from Naula town, faces challenges related to resource scarcity but it’s still a good place for education. Notably, the students display a remarkable level of interest, intelligence, and commitment during the programme.
In the final week of November 2023, the Good Hands team kicked off their project activities within the school premises, receiving an enthusiastic response from teachers, parents, and all students in grades 4 to 11. The project commenced with guest speakers addressing current agricultural challenges, potential solutions, and strategies for coconut cultivation. The Good Hands team took the lead, delivering insightful lectures, conducting Q&A sessions, and presenting on the initiation and proper management practices of coconut cultivation, including effective pest and disease management.
A highlight of the day was the active involvement of students, guided by the Good Hands team, in agricultural practices. To enhance this learning experience, a Coconut Seed Nursery was established, filled with coconut seeds ready for cultivation and coconut seedlings were planted in the school premises by eager hands. The “Good Hands Coconut Cultivation Handbook” was presented to the Principal for the school library and distributed to all participants as a lasting resource. Additionally, a quiz competition was organized for all students, with winners and participants receiving school stationery as gifts from the Good Hands team. In recognition of their dedication to sustainable development, participating parents were gifted coconut seedlings as tangible reminders of their commitment.