Rivers as cradle of civilization

School conducted an inter-house declamation competition on the topic “Rivers as cradle civilization” on 1st September 2014.The topic was selected to make the  students realize the importance that the rivers hold in the lives of living beings.

 The cradle of civilization is a term referring to locations identified as the sites of the emergence of civilization. Rivers gave birth to human civilizations in all continents. As a result of the multiple and exponentially growing human activities, most world rivers are now being impacted, including by long range atmospheric transport of pollutants. These changes can be regarded as a global water quality issue.

Students discussed the four civilizations – Mesopotamia( Egypt), the Indus Valley and the Yellow River Valley civilizations in detail.They highlighted the role played by these rivers in the settlement and development of these civilizations. Rivers provided water for large-scale agriculture, enabling people to abandon a hunter-gatherer lifestyle and to grow and store surplus food. This, in turn, permitted the development of a hierarchical society with a division of labor, and led to the growth of cities.
The students also used the platform to show their concern for the depleting state of rivers today and the impact that they could possibly have on the lives associated with them. The judges: Mr. Rohan Singh, Mr.Subir (associated with heritage walks)also shared their views on the topic. Addressing the audience they highlighted the impact of the scarcity of water on the very existence of life. They related the water issue with the politics and economy in the world. The students were also made to realize how important was to save water as the wars in the future would be fought on this resource. The gender inequality a social issue till day could also be increased because of the scarcity of this resource
The students asked questions, shared their views with the esteem judges and pledged to conserve “Rivers –The cradle of civilization.”
Results: Ist position :Ambar House
   2nd Position :Anal House


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