Working towards Food and Nutrition Security, and ATVET Skills Development through the Education System
ABOUT SCHOOL FARMS
School Farms was founded on 8th March 2013 as a community-based organisation to help address the growing burden of supplying highly nutritious, farm-produced crops, fruits and vegetables, to schools in Ghana. Through the deployment of an innovative community-supported model, schools are supported in growing their own produce, while using the farms as an experiential learning space to improve teaching and learning experience.
Some years ago, I was in primary school in an underserved community in Ghana. The experience I had while growing up inspired the work I do today. Back in school, I had a friend called Raymond who was gifted in arts and crafts. He did it passionately and creatively.
Raymond comes from a poor family and could barely secure his daily meals; lunch at school almost always eluded him. Raymond aspired to be an engineer in future. I often shared my school meal with Raymond and when I was absent from school he is barely left with the hope of a secured meal. Raymond was often caught absentminded in class and most times with his head on the table. He was just hungry, nothing apart from that. He later dropped out of school to support his family and get daily bread.
What if Raymond could be afforded the opportunity to grow in a healthy school environment with a hope of a secured school meal? What if Raymond gave all his concentration to active academic work? What if he had enough reason or motivation not to sacrifice his education in pursuit of an income for his household?
Founder, School Farms
THE INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN FARMS, MEALS & SKILLS
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