PROJECT 57 IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION WITH THE CULTIVATION OF ARTEMISIA ANNUA IN SCHOOLS

Country(ies) involved: Tanzania Children and youngsters supported: 450

Contribute to combating malaria and other debilitating infectious diseases, thereby improving the quality of education.

Country: Tanzania (Kigoma area)

Beneficiaries: 6 schools & 3 wards : 450 students and teachers
Budget: 30 661 €

Project

The project is the test phase of a vaster programme. This phase consist in initiating the cultivation of Artemisia annua and some highly nutritious crops in 6 schools 1-3 in each district 4 wards in Kigoma and Uvinza districts.

This project is the first step towards the dissemination of the crop in schools across the Kigoma area, based on IDAY’s experience in other African countries where Artemisia annua has been introduced in schools with promising results. This first phase will focus on familiarising a series of teachers and youth clubs with the cultivation methods of Artemisia annua and its use, while also producing seed and cuttings to be distributed to surrounding schools.

The project will provide for the establishment of school-based malaria youth clubs, the creation of school gardens for the cultivation of Artemisia annua and highly nutritious crops including areas of demonstration to support advocacy campaigns, agricultural follow-up by local agricultural services, medical testing to verify results and administrative support. It will be supported by technical assistance from students coming from countries where they have acquired experience with growing and using the crop.

Expected results

  • Producing Artemisia annua to protect school children and personnel against malaria and other infectious diseases and highly nutritious crops
  • Producing seeds, young shoots and cuttings for other future interested schools and surrounding farmers
  • Youth Clubs members, parents’ associations and the teaching staff of the partner institutions iare trained in cutivation of Artemisia annua.
  • IDAY-Tanzania members learn to have a good commnd of the cultivation techniques of the plant
  • The health and education authorities are sensitized to the added-value of Artemisia annua for education and health, and to the relevance of fostering the cultivation of in schools.
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