The importance of forests and how to protect and enhance our environment
In an effort to support the Local Governments Tree Planting Program ‘Toward Green School’, students from five local primary schools in North Sumatra were invited to plant trees in January of 2014. Each school planted five native mango trees around their school grounds. The schools were in Labuhan Batu, North Sumatra and included Madrasah Ibtidaiyah Negeri (MIN) Sigambal – Kab., Madrasah Ibtidaiyah Swasta (MIS) Misbahu Dzikri – Kab., Madrasah Ibtidaiyah Swasta (MIS) Pardamean Sigambal- Kab., Madrasah Tsanawiyah (MTS) Negeri - Aek Janji Kab., and Madrasah Tsanawiyah Swasta(MTS) Hafizul Ikhsan - Aek Panjang Kab.
The activities took place over three days. Sumatra Rainforest Institute (SRI) also engaged the local Women Islamic Student Associationof Labuhan Batu District. A total of 250 trees were planted.
Following the tree planting, SRI and the Women Islamic Student Association of Labuhan Batu also implemented learning activities in the classroom. The students learned about the importance of forests and the role and functions of the environment. Students also looked at ways of protecting forests and the environment.