Shree Jana Jyoti Secondary School, the model school typically located in mid-way from Sangha an Banepa with curious student and helpful faculties. This was first school where we wanted to implement our old tire gardening concept. ECCA facilitated and provided connection to school authority from where we took the lead, we first visited and inspected the site. We got very warm and positive response from school administration which further motivated us in our cause.
Initially we were planning to look after nearby workshop for old tires but could not materilize as size we were looking for gardening had to be of medium one. As school is located in highway so there was availiability of only large tires. The transportation of tire was a bit hectic and costly, as we had to take it from Kathmandu. But we managed to take it at reasonable rate despite acute fuel shortage.
Everything was well planned and co-ordinated beforehand. We departed at 6:30 am from Balaju area, picked up all members and volunteers from Industrial Engineering Student Society. (Bishnu Parajuli, Pradip Bista, Kshitz ). We reached school around 8:00 am in school premises. The energy and enthusiam kept us warm despite severe cold. We started washing tires, as water tank was on roof of school building it was hard to blow through mouth to pipe it out.(Nepali way) It took nearly a hour for washing tires, which were neat and clean by then.
This was challenge for all of us, as we really wanted to make whole this event neat and clean. After breakfast at nearby Cafe (which was amazing Bread Toast with Kuwa followed by Coffee), we inspected sites for placing tires. The stacked tires were supposed to placed around compound of school where as single tire was to be placed on roof top as roof top gardening.
The tires were artistically painted and dried up in sun. The stacked tire were tied up together by using gavinized iron wires, so that would not allow movement of upper tires with respect to lower one. We, along with student mixed up soil, ash, organic manure to make fillings for tire vase. As there was nursurey nearby owned by one of committee member of school, he provided perinial, seasonal and indoor plants at subsized rate.
The athestically appealing painted tires were placed in various locations like in the rooftops, main gate ways, pheriphery of school. The tire garden not only generated value out of old tires but also pioneered/innovated re-purposing of same generating economic as well as environmnetal values. The process helped us to concrete ideas, and provided opportunity for learning and sharing. The members co-ordinated well with volunteer. In meantime volunteers reflected true and self less volunteerism for generating meaningful result.
Three enthusiatic and hard working volunteer from industrial engineering society participated in the event. They were 2nd year student from Institute of Engineering, Thapathali Campus. We were so grateful to have them in the team.
Me, Sneha and Sunwi (TGG Mentees Under Mentorship of Anil Chitrakar) co-ordinated all activities. It was fun filled, equally challenging task with arduous manual labor. We learned about team co-ordination, role distribution, to give order & take orders, technicality involved in plantation like mixing of organic manure, ash, mud & information about various plant species, and their requirement for growth.
Benefits and Outcome
- Positive vibes among school teachers, staffs and students with some different approach of gardening at school
- Hands on learning for student and student participation in program boosted student morale for consversation and sustainability
- School authority were glad to introduce unique gardening in school, new in the concept eqaully a logical solution to illogical problem
- Management, Re-purposing of 4o tires somewhat helped in Carbon management in low scale
- Plantation of flowers, plants increased greenery and environmental promotion to some extent
Inception and pioneering of tire gardening, begining of new era of approach for reuse, repurposing of old tires in Nepal
Note of Thanks
Thank you ECCA for providing contact information and co-ordinating with school authority. Mr. Sadhu Ram Dahal (Principal), Nabaharaj Acharya (Chairperson),Vice-Principal, school committee, teachers, non-teaching staff (Didi and her son) , students worked along with us. We are in debt for their contribution, words are not enough for providing appreciation. And volunteers for their time and effort. The nursery owner for providing plants in so cheap rate as compared to market. And Cheers to team member for their dedication, hardwork and passionate work to make this happen.