Project 50: School gardens at the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp

Country(ies) involved: Tanzania Children and youngsters supported: 69778

Creation of school gardens and school canteens for the 16 schools of the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp.

Country: Tanzania
Beneficiaries:  69 778 pupils and 1030 teachers
Budget: € 57 777
Duration: 2 years


The Nyarugusu Refugee Camp is located in the North West of Tanzania. It is home to over 170 000 refugees coming from war-stricken Kivu (DRC) and Burundi following the recent political instability. 30% of the recently-arrived refugees are affected by malaria.

The IDAY-Tanzania coalition has been trained in 2014 by a Burundian agriculturalist and Artemisia annua fields had been started with success in several schools. The recently arrived 70 000 refugees from Burundi occupied all available spaces including the Artemisia annua fields that have been destroyed. The local team seeks to relaunch the project with the intention to install school gardens with Artemisia annua and highly nutritious crops in all 16 schools of the camp to improve education quality. Artemisia annua has been shown to be highly effective against malaria, one of the main causes of school absenteeism.

Since the plant is difficult to grow in the beginning, a student exchange from IDAY projects that have succeeded in establishing the crop in a sustainable manner will be called upon to provide technical assistance to the Nyarugusu youth active in the project.

The project will also include the provision of school cantines with closed ovens to reduce wood consumption and CO2 emissions. Feeding the children in school with highly nutritious food, has been shown also to help raise significantly academic results especially among the children coming from the poorest families.

The project is not an end in itself but is part of a global program by IDAY promoting school gardens in 8 member countries to raise education quality on the basis of a successful first experience in Kenya. In Tanzania, three such projects seek to test the approach under the local conditions (from Kigoma in the North to Zanzibar in the South) with a view to convince the Government to adopt the approach on a national scale. Hence, it includes also advocacy campaigns at local, national and international levels with the hope to obtain a substantive reduction of school absenteeism and health costs and significant rises in education results in African schools.

Expected Results
– A significant reduction of malaria prevalence in the Nyarugusu refugee camp.
– A reduction in health costs by at least 30% among school children and teachers.
– A quasi elimination of school absenteeism and rise in the number of school children achieving passing grades (over 50%).
– A reduction of 60% of wood consumption in the school kitchens compared to open fire kitchens due to the adoption of closed ovens.
– Pan-Africanism will rise with the student exchange programme.

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