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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Italian foundation supports vegetable projects in primary schools

5th April 2012

Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity of Italy has donated euro5000 to Regent Estate Senior Women Group (Resewe) of Makumbusho village in Dar es Salaam to set up 14 school gardens in the city and in Rufiji District.

The donation is also meant to be using to promote traditional vegetable farming in Tanzania.

This was revealed by Eunice Nyamwela who was training 16 city schoolteachers on how to establish traditional vegetable school gardens. The teachers are from Ilala, Temeke and Kinondoni.

She said the 14 school gardens would be setting up in Kinondoni, Temeke, Ilala and Rufiji districts as demonstration farms so that pupils and other community members could learn from them.

Also these gardens are among the 1000 projects planned to be establish in Africa by the foundation, she said.

“This is a one year programme funded by Slow Food Foundation to train 28 teachers in Dar es Salaam and Rufiji, so as to create awareness on traditional farming to local communities as well as provide agricultural equipment to schools according to their requirements,” she said.

In the training, teachers were trained how to plant purslane traditional vegetable, catwhispers/spider plant, black jack, hare lettuce, black nightshade, wild mlenda, pigeon peas, Malabar spinach, radish tree, kimanshigha, sweat potatoes leaves and fame flowers.

After acquiring the skills, the teachers are supposed to pass it on to their pupils as well as establish gardens within their school compounds.

“As Resewe our focus is just to pass this knowledge to primary schools so that they can help us to pass it over to other people,” she noted.

Apart from that teachers were trained how to prepare school gardens, grow traditional vegetables, harvest and preserve produce, and to cook vegetables.

The teachers were also given textbooks on vegetable gardens preparations to guide them in teaching pupils.

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