Pakistan Wetlands Programme (PWP) celebrated International Wetlands Day at different schools of Gilgit in collaboration with WWF. The theme for this year is “Wetlands Biodiversity and Climate Change: Caring for wetlands – an answer for Climate Change”.
Pakistan Wetlands Programme organized two days of activities, collectively called the “Wetlands Celebration”, held from 23rd Dec to 24th Dec. The objective of this celebration was to involve the students in educational and conservation activities.
The first colorful event was held at Kasharot Girls High School on 23rd Dec. In this event three schools from Gilgit District participated. At the beginning of this event, a Seech competition was held among the students of Kasharot Girls High School, Fazi Acadmy Askoor Das and City Model School, Danyore. The participants were well prepared and gave excellent speeches on topics related to Wetlands biodiversity and climate change.
After the speech competition, Wetlands Quiz Competition was held among the students of Kasharot Girls High School and Fazi Acadmy Askoor Das. Kasharot Girls High School won the competition.
A thematic arts competition was also held. The students made fabulous paintings, displaying their vivid imageries and dexterity with brush and paints.
After the competitions, Wetlands Specialist Dr.humaira Khan and the Chief Guest Hafiz-ur-Rahman, former member of the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly, distributed the prizes and certificates among the winners and participants from the Pakistan Wetlands programme.
The second event in this series was held on 24th Dec at Army Public School, Gilgit. Three famous and prominent schools of Gilgit city, APS, AKHSS and Public School, participated in the event. Mr. Haider Raza from UNDP was the chief quest.
In this event a number of competitions including Art competition, Poetry competition, Essay Writing competition, Nature Photography, 3 D Model Display Competition, Play Performance, and Quiz Competition.
The PWP also hosted an arts competition on the theme of wetlands biodiversity and climate change on second day of the celebrations, participated by more than 20 students.
PWP had received more than 25 poems from the students of different schools of Gilgit city. This activity was aimed at instigating the thoughts and imaginations of students about the theme.
On-the-spot Wetlands biodiversity and climate change Essay Competition was held on the second day, among students of different students. The competition encouraged students to take a closer look at wetlands biodiversity and its importance.
PWP also hosted Nature Photography Competition in the same event with more than 20 students participating. The competition aimed at encouraging the students to show their tenants about nature photography.
Among the several interactive and informative activities the 3D models display competition was held at Army Public School Gilgit under the main theme of the year. More 10 participating students gave presentations featuring the importance of wetlands biodiversity and climate change.
Two teams from different schools of Gilgit city participated in play performance based on the theme and expressed their knowledge of wetlands biodiversity and climate change.
A Quiz competition was also held in this event with more than 20 students participating.
After the competitions, Wetlands Specialist Dr.humaira Khan and Khadim Husain from WWF-P distributed the prizes and certificates among the winners and participants.