SAVE THE FROGS! India is celebrating Save The Frogs Day on April 30, 2022 by organizing an inter-college oral presentation competition to be held held at the Tapan Theatre, Rashbehari Avenue in Kolkata, India.
We are expecting eleven colleges and 90 participants. The topic of the presentation is ‘Conservation of Amphibians – Importance and effective modes of awareness programs’. The main aim of the program is to spread awareness among the students (our gen-next) while they prepare themselves for their presentations.
We have mentioned to the colleges that the language of these presentations can be both English and vernacular as conducting awareness programs in the local language grabs more attention of the local communities, stakeholders and common people.
Each college will be given eight minutes to present and two more minutes have been allotted for question-answer session. There will be a talk by Sarbani Nag on salamanders following the presentations. A documentary ‘Tale of a Bengali Frog’ by Dr. Jyotirmay Deb will be screened as well. Two high-ranking officers of West Bengal Forest Department have been invited as judges and will interact with and inspire the students. The program will be finished once the participants are awarded and prizes are given away.
There will be a corner with frog trinkets made by us to raise funds for future endeavors of SAVE THE FROGS! India. Due to the Covid-19 situation, public entry is prohibited in this program. We will be recording the program and a short video will be made.
Fifteen frog arts by the students of Rahara Nibedita Art Centre will be displayed at the venue to spread the message of awareness.
This event has been funded with a SAVE THE FROGS! Grant in the amount of $459.
To learn more, you may write to Sarbani Nag at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the SAVE THE FROGS! India Facebook group.
SAVE THE FROGS! India observed the 14th Annual Save The Frogs Day on April 30, 2022. SAVE THE FROGS! India by organizing an inter-college oral presentation competition at Tapan Theatre, Kolkata based on the topic “Conservation of Amphibians – Importance and Effective Modes of Awareness Programs”. Eleven renowned colleges in and around Kolkata participated, including:
1. Behala College
2. Sarsuna College
3. Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, Rahara, Kolkata
4. Brahmananda Kesabchandra College
5. Barrackpore Rashtraguru Surendranath College
6. Dinabandhu Andrews College
7. Jogmaya Devi College
8. Vijaygar Jyotish Ray College
9. Asutosh College
10. Brainware University
11. City College
The students’ presentations were smart and delivered well. Out of the eleven colleges, students of City College grabbed the first prize, students of Brahmananda Kesabchandra College received the second prize and RKMVC College was awarded third prize.
“Tale of a Bengali Frog“, a documentary based on a newly discovered frog from Kolkata, directed by Dr. Jyotirmay Deb (Founding Member of SAVE THE FROGS India) was shown in the program and was well-received by the audience. Over a hundred students along with teachers participated in the program and each of the participant was awarded with a certificate. Each college was given a trophy and winners received a separate trophy. The day was spent well and we had a group of dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the event successful.
The program was covered by renowned Bengali daily newspapers – The “Ei Samay” and The “Anandabazar Patrika”. Later, twe sent a mail to each of the participating colleges with a write up detailing points that could make the presentations better. We invited the students to have a hands-on experience of the topic by requesting them to organize their own awareness programs. Students of RKMVCC, Sarsuna College and Behala College have begun this initiative.