Project 17: Improving the quality education with school gardens
Creation of school gardens with highly nutritious crops and Artemisia annua against malaria
Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda.
Children and youngsters supported: 73 000.
Budget : € 622 685.
In a selected number of schools, the pupils will be encouraged to grow highly nutritious crops and Artemisia annua at school. These gardens aim at improving health standard in schools, thereby raising the quality of education and school attendance. They will also help introduce the local communities to the advantages of these crops. Medical and education tests will be conducted to verify the impact of these measures on the overall health situation and the learning outcomes.
The youth will play a decisive role in cultivating the crops and disseminating the results. Youngsters with experience in the cultivation of Artemisia annua will visit other countries initiating the crop to train their peers. International conferences will also enable the dissemination of best practices among project participants. The project costs also include advocacy campaigns to convince the Ministries of Education and Health to scale up the approach to the whole country.
– Reduction in teachers’ and pupils’ absenteeism.
– Improvement of learning outcomes.
– Reduction in health expenditures in the schools. The savings generated can be reallocated to other under-financed expenditures.
– In each country, several youngsters are knowledgeable in the cultivation techniques and use of Artemisia annua; these skills are shared with their communities.
– Pan-Africanism is fostered as a result of the student exchange programme.
– The competent ministries approve the approach and include it in the national programmes; Artemisia annua is integrated in the school garden programmes of the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) and of the World Food Programme (WFP) (if the World Health Organisation (WHO) gives its go ahead.