Do you have a school garden, growing fruit, vegetables and other crops? Would you and your pupils enjoy sharing the successes and challenges of your school garden with a rural school in Uganda? Then this project could be for you! Further details are given in the leaflet.
DDE set up the Food for Thought School Linking Programme with Kulika (Uganda) (www.kulika.org) in 2001. Now there are 60 rural government primary schools in Tororo and Mubende Districts of Uganda in the programme, all with food-growing gardens, learning to use sustainable organic methods – and struggling to cope with climate change. All would love to have a link with a British primary school, to share experiences and learn about each other’s lives
Details about the project
This school link is for six months beginning in April 2024 – but we hope schools will extend the link for many more months – or even years.
Each UK primary school will have a named link primary school in Uganda. The project co-ordinator will visit your school to interact with teachers and pupils and also organise two CPD sessions for teachers. S/he is employed by Devon Development Education (Food for Thought is one of their projects). In Uganda, the co-ordinator will also carry out this work.
There is a £50 registration fee for UK schools, to ensure your school is fully committed for at least six months – to avoid disappointing the Uganda school. This will also identify the class or classes taking part in the projects and teacher(s).
In the CPD sessions, UK and Ugandan teachers will learn more about:
- growing food in schools
- the impact of climate change on food crops and steps to take to mitigate and to adapt to these
- a window on the world for all pupils, learning about life for pupils in Uganda and UK
- methods to maintain contact between teachers in the link schools using WhatsApp, text message or email
- the principles and ethos of the partnership link, using British Council School Partnership and Global Citizenship resources
Shared activities by partner schools:
1. Contact schools at least once a month, by WhatsApp, texting, email or some other way.
2. Exchange information about the school gardens (and other aspects of school life).
3. Welcome a visitor from Uganda (or UK) to your school.
4. Plan a celebration event at the end of the project, including eating the crops!
To join the project or to find out more, contact Sue Errington at firstname.lastname@example.org