RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND GANDHIJI:
Gandhi’s idea to develop the Indian society was based on his understanding of the society and hence based on the village system. Talking about the importance of village, he wrote in 1936, “I would say if the village perishes, India will perish too. It will be no more India. His one mission in the world will get lost.”
His concept of rural reconstruction is a comprehensive one, emphasizing on the economic, political, social, educational, ecological and spiritual dimensions. He ceaselessly insisted on a pattern of village life, which will be man-centered and non-exploiting. The decentralized village economy should provide full employment to all on the basis of voluntary cooperation and work for achieving self-sufficiency in it’s basic requirement of food, clothing and shelter. In short, it can be said that rural reconstruction, according to Gandhi should not be merely concerned with raising the standard of living of village folk, though that was important.
OUR VISIT TO NEAR BY VILLAGES
Our school visited nearby villages Hansot and Kanthiyajal which are affected by the problems of soil and water salinity. We conducted “Jatropha Plantation” along with Bayer Crop Science Ltd. To overcome the problem of water and soil salinity.
Waste to Bio Energy Campaign:
Sugarcane, cotton and Banana are the major crops that are grown in and around Ankleshwar. As a part of campaign on “Sustainable Agriculture” the students visited the villages Shukaltirth and Kondh and made the farming community aware about the ways of energy generation from the left over agricultural residue such as sugarcane molasses, cotton, banana stem and groundnut shells.
The students also shared the information on Rotational grazing, traditional methods of farming and cultivation of waste and dry lands as well as the use of sweet Neem and Tulsi leaves for biological pest control which could also serve as a reliable source of income.
Shree Gattu Vidyalaya, organised different awareness program in villages, schools. We demanded for stop using plastic and distributed paper bags. A debate competition was also organised.The villagers and students supported us.