Winners of the ‘Promoting Herbal Gardens in Schools - Herbal Poster with Recipe’ Contest held 7 June 2010


“It was impressive to experience the creativity and commitment by the students to create posters, prepare food items, and present it to us! It was very difficult for us to judge and rank the teams. In our eyes all of them are winners!”
 - Jury Representative, Dr. Michael Kollmair, Programme Manager, Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction, ICIMOD 

On the occasion of World Environment Day, 7th June 2010, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and  the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), in close collaboration with the Private and Boarding Schools' Organization of Nepal (PABSON) launched a ‘Promoting Herbal Gardens in Schools’ competition in line with the World Environment Day theme of ‘Many Species, One Planet, One Future’, and the International Biodiversity Year 2010 theme ‘Biodiversity is Life. Biodiversity is our Life’.

The competition has three components. The first, the ‘Herbal Poster with Recipe’ contest, was held at ICIMOD’s Headquarters on 7 June 2010. Fifteen schools from the Kathmandu valley took part.

Use of herbs is increasing in cookery and forms an important dietary supplement. For the competition, each school prepared a poster depicting a food recipe focusing on one particular herb and describing the method of preparation such that anyone who wishes to prepare it at home could do so. The posters creatively highlighted the many values of the herb selected, such as medicinal properties for treating ailments and diseases, and culinary properties in giving taste to food. Schools also brought samples of the recipes (food), which earned them good bonus points!

Our four judges had the privilege of tasting a wonderful array of aromatic and delicious food including spaghetti with sauce, vegetable dishes, soups, and snacks; tingling pickles made from mint, timur, and mentha; and thirst quenching drinks made from mint and chamomile. Those invited to taste the food included the Director General of ICIMOD, Dr. Andreas Schild; the Member and Secretary of the Governing Board of Trustees of NTNC, Mr Juddha Bahadur Gurung; and the Central Committee Adviser of PABSON, Mr. Lachha Bahadur K.C., together with other guests.

The criteria for judging were based on the following:

  • Visual Impression:  The poster that clearly showed the main herb used in the recipe; innovativeness on how the concept was brought onto paper
  • Student’s Presentation of Poster: Enthusiasm in describing the work, and confidence in explaining
  • Principal Herb Used and Value: Use of the selected herb, easy-to-understand information, medicinal properties, and the culinary use.
  • Recipe Procedure: Value added to the recipe by the herb; simplicity and clarity of the procedure
  • Queries by Judges: Replies to questions on how the students related to the principal herb in their daily life; if they were aware of the value of the principal herb before doing the project; and if they had shared the concept with their friends at school
  • Bonus Recipe: Whether the recipe had retained the taste of the main herb used and how tasty it was.

The winners are as follows:


  1. Winner: Rato Bangala School, Herb focused: Mint
  2. 1st Runner up: Ullens School, Herb focused: Lemon Grass
  3. 2nd Runner up: Annal Jyoti Boarding School, Herb focused: Garlic

Special Mentions

  1. Loyalty Academy, Herb focused:  Asparagus
  2. Vajra Academy,  Herb focused:  Chamomile

Following the judging a short formal event was held.  of The ‘Promoting Herbal Gardens in Schools’ competition was formally launched in an Inaugural Ceremony that included watering of the potted herbal plants by representatives from ICIMOD, NTNC, and PABSON, followed by short addresses from the Director General of ICIMOD, and the Member and Secretary of the Governing Board of Trustees of NTNC, and the award ceremony for the poster competition. 

The winning schools received certificates and cash prizes of NRs 15,000/-; NRs 12,000/- and NRs 10,000, and NRs 5,000/- for the winner, 1st runner up, 2nd runner up, and special mentions, respectively. Certificates of Appreciation were distributed to all participating schools.

Photo sessions and refreshments concluded the day’s event.

Winner: Rato Bangala School


1st Runner up: Ullens School


2nd Runner up: Annal Jyoti Boarding School


Special mention: Loyalty Academy


Special mention: Vajra Academy