Got Green Explorers Club
Similar to many countries food security is also a problem in Comoros. In the local community, more than 50% of students do not have access to lunch on a daily base. This lack does not only affect their health but also their performance at school. Many students, as a result, drop out of school to find other means to support themselves. A large number of them are male students. The primary goal of this project is to encourage students to become responsible caretakers by engaging in agricultural practices on a small scale. A garden is a great way to implement sustainable development and promote understanding. It will engage students in a hands-on learning experience across all subjects. It will offer students the opportunity to explore and acquire skills that will assist them to manage resources already available to them in their respective communities. In addition, it will provide family members with affordable food products in order to decrease the number of kids that do not have access to lunch every day by at least 10%. Furthermore, the garden will be used as a tool to help students better understand and respect their environment in direct practice. Students will partake in school trips that will allow them to observe professionals use sustainable food production methods. The objectives of these trips are to teach students about the nutritional values of crops they are growing and how to properly maneuver different types of lands. This project will give students the opportunity to venture into gardening or agriculture as a field. Additionally, it will cement a relationship among the community, the school, and the students.
The gardening association will be working hand-in-hand with teachers, parents-teachers association, a local female farming association, and community groups/associations to realize their goal and provide affordable food products to community members. In order to achieve their goal, they have put in place a schedule that will be followed by all participants. Furthermore, the community has already started the process of gardening. The community farming association has lent the school gardening materials. In addition, they have given the gardening association some seeds. The gardening association has cleaned and fertilized the soil using green manure techniques. They have planted five crops: Corn, cassava, potatoes, peanut, and pigeon pea. With the workload over the past months, it has been scheduled that each class will spend between 15-25 minutes every other week gardening. All in all, this project is rooted in the community and that will be the key to its success. The garden will be a tool used by more than 200 students which does not include teachers and community members. The school has determined that each class will spend between 15-25 minutes in the garden every two weeks to familiarize themselves with gardening practices. In addition, composting classes will be open to whoever is interested and community members and volunteers will be strongly encouraged to partake in this activity. By the end of the school year, participants will be able to make compost and will have acquired skills necessary to start their own garden.
During the school year, there will be three harvesting periods and the money that is made from the harvests will be utilized to continue the garden. The summertime will be used as a time to fertilize and irrigated the soil. Activities during this time will be minimal. In addition, some of the money will be used to repair or replace damaged equipment. This project is sustainable because it was identified, initiated and led by the school and the community who have worked together and donated materials and invested all their time to make it a reality.