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School Garden Project (SGP)

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The east coast of Sri Lanka is one of the poorest regions on the island and schools here aim to provide one hot meal to each student. However, in Ampara, schools on meager budgets were struggling to meet this basic need. In response, Swiss Labour Assistance and the World Food Program (WFP) commenced the School-Feeding Garden Project to increase the quantity and quality of food supplies available to students by providing a balanced, nutrition-rich diet. As an added dimension, the project has a peace building component, involving six schools from different communities to participate. This included two Sinhalese schools, two Tamil schools and two Muslim schools – reaching over 3,000 children in grades 1 to 9.

In practical terms the WFP provided rice and dahl for each student and we were engaged as consultants to establish school vegetable and fruit gardens to supplement pupil’s diets. We worked with school development societies to design a garden for each school, based on Analog Forestry principles to increase land integrity and help restore biodiversity. We provided training and resources necessary for the gardens to be built, and supervised garden construction.




To ensure the long-term sustainability of the project, the students were appointed as caretakers of the gardens and we ran workshops in the care and maintenance of the gardens for each school. These included trainings to raise parent and teacher awareness of organic agriculture and land management.

The students really engaged with the programme and developed a renewed interest in their education - making special trips into school during the holidays to look after the plants.

The gardens were so successful, in a competition organised by the Education Department, the Komari Methodist School and the Parana Govipola Vidyalaya school came first in their regions.

It was a particularly special achievement for the Parana Govipola Vidyalaya school, situated in a very rural and deprived area of Sri Lanka. The children, aged up to 14, were so inspired they organised an exhibition on organic farming for other schools, devising and performing a play about the difference between organic and chemical agriculture. They were also featured on the local news in a celebration of their success.


Achievements


  • Two of the partcipating schools won first price in an Education Department school garden competetion
  • Students developed a renewed interest i attending school and their confidence in learning increased
  • School rice and dahl lunchs were supplemented with nutritional vegetables
  • Increased coorperation between childen of different cultural backgrounds were fostered
  • Students were inpired to strat their own vegitable gardens at home
  • Teachers and students trained in organic farmimg
======= Forest for the Future
  • Phone: +94 91 223 2585
  • info@fff.lk

School Garden Project (SGP)

Help us with your donation...

The east coast of Sri Lanka is one of the poorest regions on the island and schools here aim to provide one hot meal to each student. However, in Ampara, schools on meager budgets were struggling to meet this basic need. In response, Swiss Labour Assistance and the World Food Program (WFP) commenced the School-Feeding Garden Project to increase the quantity and quality of food supplies available to students by providing a balanced, nutrition-rich diet. As an added dimension, the project has a peace building component, involving six schools from different communities to participate. This included two Sinhalese schools, two Tamil schools and two Muslim schools – reaching over 3,000 children in grades 1 to 9.

In practical terms the WFP provided rice and dahl for each student and we were engaged as consultants to establish school vegetable and fruit gardens to supplement pupil’s diets. We worked with school development societies to design a garden for each school, based on Analog Forestry principles to increase land integrity and help restore biodiversity. We provided training and resources necessary for the gardens to be built, and supervised garden construction.




To ensure the long-term sustainability of the project, the students were appointed as caretakers of the gardens and we ran workshops in the care and maintenance of the gardens for each school. These included trainings to raise parent and teacher awareness of organic agriculture and land management.

The students really engaged with the programme and developed a renewed interest in their education - making special trips into school during the holidays to look after the plants.

The gardens were so successful, in a competition organised by the Education Department, the Komari Methodist School and the Parana Govipola Vidyalaya school came first in their regions.

It was a particularly special achievement for the Parana Govipola Vidyalaya school, situated in a very rural and deprived area of Sri Lanka. The children, aged up to 14, were so inspired they organised an exhibition on organic farming for other schools, devising and performing a play about the difference between organic and chemical agriculture. They were also featured on the local news in a celebration of their success.


Achievements


  • Two of the partcipating schools won first price in an Education Department school garden competetion
  • Students developed a renewed interest i attending school and their confidence in learning increased
  • School rice and dahl lunchs were supplemented with nutritional vegetables
  • Increased coorperation between childen of different cultural backgrounds were fostered
  • Students were inpired to strat their own vegitable gardens at home
  • Teachers and students trained in organic farmimg
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