In 2011 the Initiative to End Childhood Malnutrition, with the help of Harvard’s Global Hunger Initiative student volunteers, helped construct a school garden at Modern Primary School in Rukungiri town. Over the past year the faculty and staff at Modern have been enthusiastic about the garden not only for the produce, but also as a teaching tool.
The Deputy Head Master invited the IECM Program Coordinators to see the progress of the garden this week. He has hopes to continue expanding the garden and to diversify the number and quantity of green vegetables. This will allow the school to incorporate highly nutritious vegetables into less expensive matooke, potatoes, and beans. Currently, matooke, dodo, beans, spinach, and eggplants are all growing in the garden. The students help with the weeding and cultivation process. Crops from the garden are used for meals for the boarding students. In addition, students are learning about what crops to include in their own gardens and how to maintain it in order to ensure a bountiful harvest.
With the enthusiastic help of the Deputy Head Master and seed contributions from the local NAADS office, Modern’s garden and children are still growing strong!
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