The project, called "Living Schoolyard Transformation," aims to increase food security through the installation of food gardens in primary schools and increase children’s knowledge of food growing.  Nutrition is an important aspect of children’s education – only well-nourished and healthy children can successfully take part in education and seize the chance to create promising futures for themselves. Establishing fruit and vegetable gardens in primary schools and teaching children a sustainable approach to the environment promises to bring positive change.

Re&Act and UNICEF

have partnered to support innovative and sustainable projects for children since 2006

The Re&Act-sponsored pilot will run through mid-2018 with the goal to implement the programme in 70 schools, focusing first on locations most affected by 2017 drought.

Re&Act’s relationships with UNICEF and Malawi are lasting and important. One of the first schools in the Living Schoolyard Transformation pilot was Mchuchu Primary School – a school built by Roche Children’s Walk funds and UNICEF 10 years ago.

Project updates:

  • Fruit and vegetable gardens are installed at two pilot schools
  • Kick-off trainings for 30 programme schools & 80 participants have started
  • Identification of NGO partner for implementation and technical assistant for teacher training development
  • It is planned to install solar-powered water pumps to ensure continuous water supply for programme implementation
     

Founded in 1946 and mandated by the United Nations General Assembly and guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF advocates for the protection of children's rights, helps children across the world meet basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Working in 190 countries and territories to translate the commitment to the wellbeing of children into practical action, UNICEF focuses special efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

  • A student presenting the student-designed schoolyard garden concept
    A student presenting the student-designed schoolyard garden concept
  • Students and Roche employees plant trees at the Mchuchu primary school, which was previously built by Roche employee funds
    Students and Roche employees plant trees at the Mchuchu primary school, which was previously built by Roche employee funds
  • Students show their recently planted gardens during the Roche employees visit
    Students show their recently planted gardens during the Roche employees visit
  • Mchuchu school assembly with students, local village chiefs and parent support groups to welcome the Roche and UNICEF visitors and showcase what students have learned from the initiative
    Mchuchu school assembly with students, local village chiefs and parent support groups to welcome the Roche and UNICEF visitors and showcase what students have learned from the initiative
  • Recently planted gardens at Mchuchu primary school
    Recently planted gardens at Mchuchu primary school
  • Students at Mapote primary school
    Students at Mapote primary school
  • The student-designed fruit orchard at Mapote primary school
    The student-designed fruit orchard at Mapote primary school