Meeting with private organisations to broad base ‘Promoting Herbal Gardens in Schools’ Initiative


ICIMOD, in collaboration with Dabur Nepal, organised a meeting on broadbasing the ‘Promoting Herbal Gardens in Schools’ initiative at the Dabur office in Banepa on 7 April 2011. The objective of the meeting was to brief private organisations on ICIMOD’s Herbal Gardens Initiative, which was implemented in 15 schools last year, and to facilitate open discussion about ways of broad basing the initiative.

The meeting was attended by representatives of seven private sector organisations who were briefed on the accomplishments of the first year of the initiative by representatives of ICIMOD. Two students and a coordinating teacher from Annal Jyoti Secondary School also shared their experience of having an herbal garden in their school, and expressed their enthusiasm to replicate the concept in three public schools to spread awareness about conserving herbal plants and promoting their traditional usages. Various options for ‘owning’ the Herbal Gardens Initiative and supporting the student’s endeavours were outlined. A discussion ensued and keen interest was shown by the private sector. ICIMOD pledged that, if the private sector owns the initiative and supports different elements of the programme, ICIMOD will continue to provide technical inputs for its implementation and monitoring.