“The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry
SAI International to celebrate a week-long Tree Festival, popularly known as ‘Van Mahotsav’ from July1 to 7, 2021 at SAI International School and SAI International Residential School. The virtual Celebration was inaugurated on July 1, 2021 by the Chief Guest Shri Sisir Kumar Ratho, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force (PCCF & HoFF) in Government of Odisha. Shri Ratho addressed the students and the teachers of SAI International and shared his valuable thoughts at the auspicious occasion.
A very informative video on the ‘Forest Man of India’, Jadav Molai Payeng was also telecasted during the inauguration ceremony. His words of wisdom will make a long lasting impression on one and all and will motivate the SAIoneers to make the planet greener and cleaner.
While addressing the students Shri Ratho said that “It’s delighting to see the happy faces of children while planting trees, they enjoy this task of plantation and should be encouraged so as to build a better world. One should learn the skills of life from trees and connect with the nature, as sowing a sapling today will be the oxygen cylinders of tomorrow and make this earth a better and a greener planet to live in happily. Be compassionate to nature and it will surely reward you.” He also stated that Odisha has just right number of forest cover as per the National Forest Policy.
The week-long event will witness a plantation drive at both SAI International School and SAI International Residential School by the fraternity of the SAI International Education Group.
SAIoneer Saniya Mazumdar of SAI International Residential School said that, “every year we celebrate Van Mahotsav in a grand way by planning trees in our campus, since the last year when the pandemic began, we students haven’t been able to do plantation in the school premises, but do it at our homes as its engrained in us by the school to love nature and plant as many trees as possible”.
Speaking on the occasion Co-founder SAI International Education Group, Dr Silpi Sahoo said,” SAI International believes in instilling a feeling of belongingness and empathy toward the mother earth and I would appeal to all my SAIoneers to go green by planting saplings and going paperless to help save the world from global warming and other elements which are destroying the weather, nature and world”.