Children should learn about ecological significance of jumbos, says study (India)

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Children should learn about ecological significance of jumbos, says study
(India)
Edex Live
October 10, 2021

The ecological and cultural significance of elephants need to be included
in children's curriculum to change their perception towards the gentle
giants and help them become sensitive towards wildlife and biodiversity of
which humans are only a small part, suggested a study.

The research study by Medha Nayak and Pranaya Kumar Swain published in
international journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife has also suggested that
children's perception towards elephants needs to be addressed through
appropriate communication to reduce their antagonism and foster empathy
towards the elephants.

The suggestions were made by the researchers on the basis of their study
'Perceptions through artwork: Children's understanding of elephants and
human-elephant interactions in Balasore, India' in which drawing was used
as a method to know the perception of children of a school in Jadibali - a
village affected by human-elephant conflict in Balasore district - towards
the jumbos.

Of 47 drawings collected from Class IX and X students of Padmalochan
Mundahana High School in the village, around 70 per cent (33) depicted
destruction of crops and other vegetation while about 28 per cent
participants expressed concern over damage to paddy crops by the elephants.
Houses damaged by elephants were also seen in 13 sketches.

However, there was also a perception among the students that proximity of
human settlements and croplands to the forests was one of the most common
reasons behind human-elephant conflict, while around 17 per cent of
students depicted rampant deforestation as another reason. A girl also had
the perception that the conflict is the result of rising human population
and decreasing forest land.

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Children should learn about ecological significance of jumbos, says study (India) Edex Live October 10, 2021 The ecological and cultural significance of elephants need to be included in children's curriculum to change their perception towards the gentle giants and help them become sensitive towards wildlife and biodiversity of which humans are only a small part, suggested a study. The research study by Medha Nayak and Pranaya Kumar Swain published in international journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife has also suggested that children's perception towards elephants needs to be addressed through appropriate communication to reduce their antagonism and foster empathy towards the elephants. The suggestions were made by the researchers on the basis of their study 'Perceptions through artwork: Children's understanding of elephants and human-elephant interactions in Balasore, India' in which drawing was used as a method to know the perception of children of a school in Jadibali - a village affected by human-elephant conflict in Balasore district - towards the jumbos. Of 47 drawings collected from Class IX and X students of Padmalochan Mundahana High School in the village, around 70 per cent (33) depicted destruction of crops and other vegetation while about 28 per cent participants expressed concern over damage to paddy crops by the elephants. Houses damaged by elephants were also seen in 13 sketches. However, there was also a perception among the students that proximity of human settlements and croplands to the forests was one of the most common reasons behind human-elephant conflict, while around 17 per cent of students depicted rampant deforestation as another reason. A girl also had the perception that the conflict is the result of rising human population and decreasing forest land. https://www.edexlive.com/news/2021/oct/10/children-should-learn-about-ecological-significance-of-jumbos-says-study-24696.html