Hazira Primary School children's tryst with nature
An important part of the Essar Foundation's education initiative is to provide learning opportunities outside classrooms and books. Towards this end, on February 10, 2012, the Foundation took a group of students from Hazira Primary school, and their teachers, to the nature park at Sarthana, Surat (Gujarat).
The Sarthana nature park has been designed as an open zoo that gives visitors the feeling of what it would be like in an actual forest. The children were thrilled to see wild animals like lions, tigers, bears, cheetahs, foxes, hippos, monkeys, panthers and wolves, at such close range. The Green House facility housing butterflies was another attraction for the children.
Village women visit Horticultural Exhibition and Flower Show
On February 11, 2012, a group of women from the villages around Hazira visited the Annual Essar Flower Show organized at Nand Niketan Township, Hazira. The women also got an opportunity to attend informative horticultural shows and were introduced to techniques of plant propagation, cutting and budding. The visit was facilitated by the Foundation as part of its program to improve the all-round awareness of village women.