Project: Organic school gardens (phase 1), duration February 2017 – May 2018
During the period February 2017 and May 2018, the SUWAMA foundation established 3 organic school gardens and aquaponics systems at primary schools in different districts in Suriname. The 3 schools are OS Kampongbaroe in Saramacca, OS Penny en Jon in Wanica and OS De Hulp in Commewijne. The school gardens are financed by the ‘Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)’.
The purpose of this project is:
To set up 3 organic school gardens with aquaponic systems at the 3 primary schools and thereby introduce children to a healthy, safe and environmentally friendly way of growing food. The children are also introduced to the concept of a healthier lifestyle and learn to produce their own food.
In addition, school gardens offer more than healthy fruit and vegetables and stimulate the development of other competencies, such as cooperation, arithmetic and reading.
To keep “working” in the school gardens educational, special lessons have been developed such as:
- Arithmetic in the school garden
- Language in the school garden
- Healthy food
In short, an integration of various subjects can be used in the school garden to provide the lessons.
For teachers there is an extensive training and support program for the year including:
- Training on Permaculture. The gardens are set up according to the principles of Permaculture, whereby nature is imitated and no use is made of pesticides and fertilizers. The teachers also receive guidance in the gardens during the year.
- Training on the aquaponic system, how it works, how to maintain and operate it and
- Motivational sessions to keep teachers motivated and also to discuss and elaborate on the various subjects and plans.
This project was successfully completed in March 2019. However, SUWAMA has committed herself to this project for the coming 5 years.
Given the great success of this project, the Japanese Embassy has decided to fund another 3 school gardens with aquaponic systems this year. The schools St. Ignatius in Paramaribo, Shri Rudra in Wanica and OS Jarikaba in Saramacca were eligible for a school garden this year. This 2nd phase lasts from March 2019 to March 2020. Read more about Phase 2 in the ‘running projects’ category.