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:

  • Living Schoolyard transformation has been implemented in 70 schools
  • In order to support the transformation, 30 teachers volunteered in these schools
  • So far, 89,000 students have benefited

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.

For more information on UNICEF, click here.

  • 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
  • The student-designed fruit orchard at Mapote primary school
    The student-designed fruit orchard at Mapote primary school
  • Students at Maiwa Primary School in Machinga showing their vegatable garden where they are growing soya
    Students at Maiwa Primary School in Machinga showing their vegatable garden where they are growing soya
  • The pathways at Maiwa Primary schools in Machinga were put in place as part of the Living Schoolyard Transformation project
    The pathways at Maiwa Primary schools in Machinga were put in place as part of the Living Schoolyard Transformation project