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VEGETABLE GARDEN AT THIKA ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL

Project Name

VEGETABLE GARDEN AT THIKA ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL

What did you try to solve

Thika Road Primary School children come from Mathare Slums. Getting food for most of the households is a big problem, since most of them live on less than a dollar per day.

The World Food Programme has managed to give the pupils lunch in school. After lengthy discussion, we found out that there was need to supplement the food given to pupils by providing vegetables to the diet since they eat maize and beans only.

What is the solution?

(a) Academic

This is also a demonstration plot. From it, pupils learn how to cultivate different varieties of vegetables,. inter crapping, mulching and also drip irrigation.

 

(b) Social

By planting vegetables, pupils learn how to share. Other than the nutritional value they get from the vegetables we cook for them, they are able to share the little they get amongst themselves. While watering the vegetables, they are also able to share ideas. They also share information with their parents and neighbours as to how to go about how to plant vegetables in sacks.

 

(c) Environmental

Pupils learn that the vegetables planted behind the classes act as flowers to make the place beautiful and the area around the class is kept tidy.

They also learn that plants take in Carbon (IV) Oxide while human beings take in Oxygen.

 

(d) Economic Dimension

When the surplus vegetables are gold to the community, pupils get some money for their class.

This project can easily be done at home and therefore parents can plant vegetables in sacks at the verandas of their houses and even eventually grow enough to sell.

Plan of action

Each class is given an area where they cultivate and plant vegetables. From the small gardens, they learn how to grow vegetables. One, group is planting their vegetables in sacks. These vegetables are also intercropped with onions.

In phase one, we have planted vegetables and onions. In Phase two, which will be the next planting season, we will need to increase the area to be planted from three plots to seven plots. We intend to plant different varieties of vegetables and also plant flowers in the school especially in front of all the classes.

Who was involved in the process?

Those who are involved from the community are mainly pupils, teachers, neighbors, parents and partners.

Situation of Project at the moment

The project has helped retain the children in school. There are minimal cases of truancy. The pupils enjoy gardening and taking care of their own crops. This helps to keep them busy during their free time.

This project has had an impact on other schools as seen during a seminar for the Health Club held in Nairobi, Kasarani District. Members were shown the project and shown how it had succeeded. Teachers from three other schools expressed interest in starting similar projects in their schools.

 

About the Project Developer 

First Name

ROSE

Last Name

J. GITEYA

Email

giteyarose@yahoo.com

Country

Kenya

Job Position

HEADTEACHER

 



Attached, find photographs of the school garden.