Pairi Daiza

IDAY at Pairi Daiza

In July 2020, IDAY had the opportunity to install in Pairi Daiza a permanent didactic path in the 6 huts of the Beninese village replica on stilts. The trail allows visitors to learn more about the reasons that drive the network to develop vegetable gardens in schools. These allow the students and their families to be aware of the importance of a healthy diet, the virtues of medicinal plants to prevent disease, and eco-responsible actions such as the use of natural fertilizers or energy-saving ovens. The school garden is also a wonderful opportunity for teachers to make their subjects more practical and lively (in language classes, geometry, economics, etc.). Artemisia annua, the plant that prevents and cures malaria, has a special place as it decorates the village alleys.

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Our health depends, among other things, on what we eat. It is therefore important to have a varied and balanced diet. This is why the presence of vegetable gardens in schools is an asset because they aim to improve the nutritional status of students and although they cannot improve the health of students on their own, they can nevertheless participate.

When the context justifies it, schools are equipped with low-energy ovens that reduce the amount of wood needed by up to 50% quantité́. Thus, they not only save CO2 but also reduce the amount of wood used and thus reduce deforestation. According to WWF, each new kiln saves 13 tons of CO2 per year and 35 kg of wood per day.

The school is one of the main places where students acquire and develop their knowledge, behaviors, attitudes, values and skills. School gardens provide a form of direct and practical education where students can see the results of their decisions and actions.

The school garden not only teaches the benefits of the plants in the garden, but also introduces students to the use of other plants such as medicinal plants. These are plants that allow us to heal ourselves. They are sources of antioxidants, microelements and other health-promoting components. It is from medicinal plants that many medicines are produced.

One of the medicinal plants of particular interest to the IDAY network is Artemisia annua. It is a plant that, in the form of herbal tea or powder, provides protection against malaria (otherwise known as malaria), without the need for medication. Malaria is a deadly disease that kills nearly 1000 children a day.

IDAY-International is an African network made up of 19 national coalitions, bringing together each of the local civil society organizations active in the field of education. They are united by the same vision: to make heard in Europe and in Africa their will to achieve quality basic education for all in Africa. On the strength of the results obtained in the school garden projects, the coalitions are calling on their governments to draw inspiration from them and multiply the approach on a large scale in order to have an impact on the quality of education at national level.

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