Permaculture School Garden Program
Irish Aid Mirco-Project Scheme & RESCOPE Program

Together with students, teachers and local communities, we develop and implement edible school gardens, outdoor classrooms , and wider actions of the community. The aim is to sensitive children from a young age about planting useful, edible , medicinal, and beautiful plants to increase quality of life.

The main objective of the project is to provide technical and physical support to three local schools (Dimani, Kombeni, Kisauni) to be able to establish school gardens based on Permaculture principles. These school gardens will provide sources of food for the school feeding scheme while acquiring knowledge on sustainable agriculture.

There is an increasing demand for Permaculture training, and this project will support early awareness raising and skill transferal to the young generation. This project will carry Permaculture knowledge and skills onto the school compounds and into the curriculum, realizing that an early engagement of youths in such activities – rather than waiting until the youths are out of school – will be beneficial on various levels: Raising interest, knowledge and skills to enable students for a balanced life with the environment.

Partners and Approaches

The Schools and Colleges Permaculture (SCOPE) Programme developed a tool that schools can use for planning and implementing a very productive, healthy and ecologically sustainable environmental management system on school land. The system is developed with the active involvement of the whole school community and will then be a good model for replication in the community.

The tool is called Integrated Land Use Design (ILUD) and it has been applied in over 200 schools in Zimbabwe since 1994 with exciting results. In addition to Permaculture, the development of the ILUD process was informed by thinking from a number of contemporary theories and techniques such as:

1. Holistic management

2. Participatory methodology

3. Practical rural appraisal