The utilisation of school food gardens as educational transformation agent to achieve community-wide sustainable livelihoods

We address the absence of food gardens at schools and in so doing, tap into the indigenous knowledge base of the community to help them establish sustainable food gardens at schools where teachers will use the food gardens to teach to the curriculum. We will be working with three schools that are also used for the practicum component of the BEd Foundation Phase Programme. Given the need to educate learners how to react to rapid change, and how to thrive in a fast-changing 21st century environment a key element for a transformed and transgressive education system is to use experiential learning at the FP level. Food gardens will be the centre piece of the experiential learning model we intend to develop – for teachers, the learners and their caregivers, as well as for the student teachers. School food gardens are to be used to also help establish home gardens, and equip the community with skills to help secure their futures in a sustainable manner.

More information about the project

Key Themes:
Climate Action
Sustainable Livelihoods
Location: south africa
Principal Investigator: Funso Kutu, Geoffrey Mahlomaholo, Andries du Plessis
Co-Investigators: Gerhard Viljoen, Eurika Jansen van Vuuren, Vanessa Rademeyer, Xola Nduku, Ben Mona, Abby Masenya, Jacob Masingi, Kuzie Khanye, Merriam Nkosi, Frank Moshitoa
Host Organisation: University of Mpumalanga
Duration: 11 months