The students of St Marks Lower Public School at Fort Kochi celebrated the World Sparrow Day with a difference on Wednesday. Around 40 children from kindergarten to class VII were provided with earthen pot nests for sparrows to be hung at their homes.
The programme, sponsored by the Jain Foundation, is aimed at creating awareness on the need to conserve sparrows which are rapidly disappearing from our habitat.
The Jain Foundation has been organising events to create awareness on the need to conserve and preserve such endangered species for the past four years. “We do not get to see sparrows in huge numbers like before. Their number has come down considerably and it is important that we take measures before it is too late,” said Mukesh Jain, founder, Jain Foundation.
The chief guest for the event was P U Haridasan, Community Relations Officer, Janamaithri Police Station, Fort Kochi.
Haridasan said a nest would be hung at the Fort Kochi Janamaithri Police Station too.
Kenneth Mark, managing director, St Marks Education Group, said such programmes were important so as to impart awareness among children, the need to preserve nature.