Festivals of learning at primary classes.Today, I could participate in special function at the Government Lower Primary School, near my house. The Head mistress contacted me a day before yesterday over the phone and requested me to attend a small festival at their school. Accordingly, I went to the school by about 11.00 morning. There, I saw all the classes are decorated with drawings, pictures, different models, vegetables, seeds and fruits, leaves of plants, etc. indicating the medicinal values and other uses of each. Also there were collections of different utensils and instruments, oil lanterns, measuring pots, and several other things which are not seen in any of our houses at present.
Students could explain about the use of different plants and the seeds, most of them had medicinal values. Many of the discarded bush like growths in our compound have some uses which were known to the earlier generation. A plant, with leaves with somewhat a greenish - violet colour has the property of curing a cut in our body. If we fall down and hit on a stone or something else, a cut may happen with immediate bleeding. Then take two or three leaves from this plant and squeeze them to get the reddish (violet) extract for applying over the cut portion of the body. The cut will be cured within two days. Like these the students have a good collection of exhibits, arranged. They did some dances and music programmes too.
In fact these are part of their education. Hence the programme is called as "Patanolsavam" (Festival of learning). All the schools (Government and Aided schools) in Kerala are conducting such programmes based on the local conditions.