Educational vegetable gardens
The second activity of the project regards the development of educational vegetable gardens and pays particular attention to students.
CEFA’s goal is to supply them with all the tools and knowledge necessary to be able to face up to the chronic deficit of food and, at the same time, sensitise them towards a more secure and balanced life style.
Multidisciplinary training paths
Students will follow a multidisciplinary training path. Thanks to on-the-job training, they will learn the main agronomical techniques directly in the field.
They will also be sensitised on a series of other themes, such as the importance of hygiene, and the purification and correct use of water.
Before training students on the field, we need to train teachers and the local trainers.
Health, hygiene, nutrition, the correct use of water, first aid techniques, agronomical techniques, peace building and conflict appeasement: these are the themes touched on by CEFA within the training programme that will be developed over these years of the project, firstly for teachers and then for students.
The activity is already in progress in two primary schools (in the counties of Rumbek East and Rumbek Centre) and a new school will soon be added in the county of Cueibet.
The first educational vegetable gardens will become an imitable and easily repeatable example favouring a progressive extension of the educational vegetable garden activities in other primary school in the Lakes State in the future.
Creating the vegetable gardens
Each educational vegetable garden will be set up with local varieties of fruit, vegetables and cereals to be cultivated according to environmentally friendly methods while introducing new agronomical techniques that will be learnt through on-the-job teaching.
Each school will be provided with seeds for the main vegetable crops (tomatoes, onions, carrots, cucumbers, amaranth, watermelon, aubergines, ochre, peppers, esukumawiki courgettes) and fruit trees (e.g., mango, papaya, banana, guava, lemon, orange).
Near these schools, cisterns will be built to collect water to be used to water gardens with pedal pumps which are going to be distributed by CEFA together with other tools for irrigation: tubes, buckets, watering cans, etc.