Local madrassah youth visit farm

2016-03-22 06:00
Nur Dollie is watched by his classmates as he plants potatoes at the Vegkop farm in Philippi during a class excursion.

Nur Dollie is watched by his classmates as he plants potatoes at the Vegkop farm in Philippi during a class excursion.

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Two groups of madrassah learners have been encouraged to go organic after a visit to the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA).

On Saturday 12 March learners of Islamic Life Madrassah (ILM) of Kensington were joined by learners of the Al Azhar Madrassah (AAM) in Aspeling Street, District Six to visit Vegkop farm to learn about farming.

Mogamat Tayyib Hessen of ILM explained that this outdoor activity was a pilot project initiated by one of the teachers, Shahieda Davids.

“The Madaaris visited Vegkop farm as part of their ‘go green’ ethos and outdoor classroom programme and 50 learners, their teachers and parents took part,” he said.

“Nazeer Sonday, owner of the farm, was very enthusiastic to host ILM and AAM’s learners, teachers and parents. He said he felt honoured to share his organic knowledge with the group.”

On the farm the children learnt about environmentally regenerative farming – how to use plants and organic materials to provide insecticide and soil fertility.

Sonday also explained the importance of different natural chemicals that soil needs.

“The children were also delighted to plant brinjal seedlings to take home,” added Hessen. “Farmer Brian Joffin was on hand to teach the children how to care for the brinjals and how to transplant them into their gardens at home.”

Sonday said it was wonderful to have the opportunity to expose children to farming, the source of their food, and particularly in the PHA and the issues that affect it.

“They asked some interesting questions and it was a pure joy to have them here,” he said. “I hope they will be back in three months’ time to help pick the potatoes they planted.”

The outdoor classroom programme forms an integral part of ILM. Davids explained that each class’s curriculum includes at least one excursion per term.

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