Omololu International School Announces the Launch of Project: Young Farmers…Green Gardens
Omololu International School (OIS) opened the doors of its new school year to exciting plans to create and implement a sustainable “green” community project, “Young Farmers…Green Gardens”, as part of its community outreach program. This type of project dovetails with the new International Baccalaureate-oriented curriculum being pursued at the school. Elements of this project were pilot -tested by OIS students in The Primary School Science Fair held earlier this year, where they examined Portable Gardens versus Traditional Gardens and Organic Farming.
OIS expresses profound gratitude to the Governor’s Office for making a grant available to magnify this project idea on a larger scale so as to have positive ripple effects on the Anguillian community. The project vision is to embrace various stakeholders in the community including OIS students and their families and other children within the community (aged 9 years to 11 years) to participate in a Young Farmer’s Club.
The project sets out to integrate and utilise principles and practices in a specific area of sustainable development in Anguilla, whilst improving awareness, attitudes, knowledge, skills and experiences of participants, on how to grow their own healthy food through community efforts and networking.
There will also be a strong educational component underscored, where students will learn about economic diversification, agriculture, sustainability, healthy living, recycling, entrepreneurship and community stewardship. The school will have a ‘Farmville” like concept where students participating in the project will partner with related agencies connected to the promotion of agriculture and community development. Brief workshops conducted by experts and field trips to farms and produce outlets will keep a strong link to current, hands-on practical techniques that can be readily used to get results.
An important hallmark of this project is the community connection – to inspire others to set up portable gardens and to make fresh produce available for sale to the community. A portion of the proceeds of the sale will be re-invested in active charitable causes in the community. OIS is pleased to invite interested parents of children between the ages of 9 – 11 years to indicate their interest by calling 497-5430 or emailing [email protected]
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