Our Approach

We work with school children and adults to facilitate education about agriculture and the environment

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  • At primary and secondary levels we facilitate the creation and management of school gardens designed not only to produce food to supplement feeding, but also to support the teaching of the curriculum in innovative and engaging ways, and to promote inter-generational learning.
     
  • Our partnership work focuses on developing innovative materials aligned with existing curricula, which support teachers to deliver educational outcomes and enliven learning related particularly to science and mathematics.
     
  • GardenAfrica facilitates adult learning through the development and extension of agro-ecological curricula and training for tertiary education to facilitate more plural, climate-sensitive approaches to agricultural extension. 
     
  • Our work involves training and supporting key services, such as agricultural extension, to reach more farmers with relevant and appropriate training.
     
  • We develop educational resources such as films, training manuals and leaflets, and protocols in the area of agro-biodiversity which are open source for use by government and civil society organisations.

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Our Outcomes

Projects within our Education and Skills Programme seek the following outcomes:

Watch Black Gold: The Secrets of Compost, filmed with garden graduates in Swaziland, and the first in a series of training workshop film adaptations designed to present practical information using the storytelling tradition to enliven learning. 

  • An improved learning environment which increases access to health and plant-based opportunities, particularly for women and girls.
     
  • Appropriate learning materials which engage learners and improve skills and attainment.
     
  • In-service training which leads to improved staff skills, competencies and morale.
     
  • Community engagement to improve collective environmental management practices.

The organic training I received through GardenAfrica with 20 other officers has made me more resourceful and has made my extension support more relevant to poorly resourced farmers due to the low cost of organic production. I used to think that without synthetic chemicals and inorganic fertilizer that there could be no meaningful production. The training equipped me on two fronts. I work regularly with 150 farmers teaching them to produce organically, and I can now help them to access profitable markets. Since the training over 800 ward farmers have visited my working area to learn more.
— Tichaona Charova. Agritex extension officer. Hwedza, Mashonaland East.
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