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.
Sustainable Water Solution and Living schoolyard transformation – Phase II
In 2018 Re&Act agreed to expand the project to a second phase to provide sustainable water solutions in 100 schools and extend the current successful model of the “Living Schoolyard Transformation” concept from 70 to the initially envisaged 100 schools in the districts of Machinga, Nkhotakota and Chikwawa.
2020 Project Updates:
- Total beneficiaries: So far, 153,385 students in the 100 schools and over 10,500 community members are benefitting from the programme
- Water access: In total, 35,301 learners and an estimated 3,150 community members now have access to safe water
- Living Schoolyard: 75 schools have woodlots with a variety of trees, 68 schools have orchards with fruit, 51 schools have a vegetable garden and 97 schools have a living schools club.
- Boreholes: 26 new boreholes in 26 schools were completed
Due to COVID-19, a further 22 reticulated water systems and boreholes have been identified for rehabilitation to support children returning to schools as schools reopening depends on the availability of safe water. Additionally, 43 schools have been chosen for a solid waste management and recycling programme to ensure the school environment is clean and healthy
UNICEF is a non-governmental organisation that 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. Re&Act and UNICEF have partnered to support innovative and sustainable projects for children since 2006.
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