Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.
Education is essential for conserving the Ganges River Dolphin and its freshwater aquatic habitat and overall watershed, providing immense benefits to its students as well. -According to the National Science Foundation, an environment-based education leads to a positive effects on:
• Learning Science
• Integrated Learning
• Heightened Language and Reading Skills
• Overall Cognitive and Confidence Building
• Student’s Behavior and Attitude.
DCC reaches out primarily to youth through educational outreach programs, engaging them in citizen science at the sub-branches based along dolphin hot-spot zones. For over a decade, the name “Guleili Baje” (Slingshot Grandpa), DCC’s founder rings throughout the entire region of Southwestern Nepal as the symbol of Dolphin Conservation!
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder… he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.
• In 2007, Bijay Raj Shrestha, son of DCC’s founder, Guleili Baje won the Abraham Conservation award for his lifelong contributions towards Dolphin and Nature Conservation.
• In 2009, Bijay Raj Shrestha was one of two annual recipients of the National Conservation Award of Nepal for his lifelong dedication for conservation education.
Today, the river dolphin population is gradually increasing due to an expansion of environmental awareness within the region, thanks to DCC and its partnering schools and districts.