Grow Garden

Katwe Central Primary School is a small school, in Katwe, Uganda. It has limited resources and facilities. However, the school has unused space in its grounds. The garden project is transforming this derelict space into a productive and sustainable garden. The project teaches students to grow vegetables such as cabbages and greens. This provides the students with practical knowledge of agriculture and healthy food choices. 

The projects’ goal is to provide students with an opportunity to learn and develop skills in gardening, while also promoting health living and environmental sustainability. It will also make a valuable contribution to their nutrition.

The Purpose

The purpose of this project is to create a garden at the school that will provide the students with a practical and sustainable way to learn agriculture and healthy food choices. The children are also given a chance to think of how to use the space. They are actively involved in planting, looking after the vegetables, and harvesting. This gives them hands-on experience and valuable skills for the future.

Project Steps

  • Step 1: Clearing the garden.
  • Step 2: Providing necessary resources and tools for gardening e.g., seeds, plastic bottles and polythene bags, hoes etc.
  • Step 3: Training and engaging children in the gardening process including, clearing the garden, planting, and harvesting the vegetables.
  • Step 4: Educating students in the nutritional and health benefits of the vegetables they will be planting.
  • Step 5: Promoting environmental sustainability through the use of organic farming practices and the recycling of waste materials.
  • Step 6: Conducting regular evaluation of the project’s progress and impact.

Who Will Benefit?

The primary beneficiaries of this project are the students of Katwe Central Primary School. They are directly involved in the project.

Once the garden produces a surplus, the wider community, including teachers and parents who support this project will also receive fresh, organic, produce from the garden.

How Will Students Benefit?

Students will benefit from this project by:

  • Having access to fresh and healthy vegetables. This will improve their overall health and wellbeing.
  • Enjoying improved academic performance at school by disciplined attendance.
  • Being highly motivated in this practical and stimulating project.
  • Enjoying the fun of learning a new skill with life-long benefits.