NPO to plant seeds of sustainability in rural schools

2019-03-06 06:00
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaKhwezi Primary School benefitted with a vegetable garden.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaKhwezi Primary School benefitted with a vegetable garden.

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NON-PROFIT organisation Alliance Française Pietermaritzburg came together with Saint Paul Re-Union Islanda to start a vegetable garden at Khwezi Primary School.

Having started the garden on Monday, February 25, they will be giving it the finishing touches on Friday, March 1.

Glenn Flanagan, from Alliance Française, said the garden is part of their food security sustainable gardening for the community programme, an initiative started in 2012 with the aim of assisting schools and communities with growing and maintaining a sustainable food garden.

“Our aim is go around the whole province of KwaZulu-Natal, but we started in Pietermaritzburg.

“We started in the France area, where we were for two years, then we moved to Eastwood Secondary and Library for three years. This is our third year now in Sobantu. We have done two schools in the area, Sobantu Secondary and Russell Primary School, and this is our third school.

“We want to teach children and teachers how to keep sustainable gardens that will always help them in the future. If the school is able to keep this garden sustainable, they will have a chance to reap the vegetables and sell them, if they want to, and use the money to fix whatever they want to fix at their school,” she said.

Flanagan said they selected 17 students from Saint Paul who are studying horticulture and agriculture to come and assist and to teach the children at Khwezi Primary how to plant vegetables and how to take care of them.

School principal Gelisile Mbanjwa said they are very happy that the school is going to have a vegetable garden now.

“We are going to do everything in our power to make sure that we keep this garden sustainable because it is going to help us a lot. When the vegetables are ready, we will be able to give them to our needy children to have something to eat at home because we have a lot of children who are coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“We will also be able to sell them to the food supply so that we can make cash that will help the school in difficult times. We are very grateful for what they have done for us,” she said.

Mbanjwa said the school previously had a vegetable garden but they had problems with it and stopped maintaining it.

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