Empowering primary school children to produce food to mitigate short-term hunger through school gardening: The case of Universal primary schools in Kamuli and Soroti Districts, Uganda

Short-term hunger caused by inability of parents to pay for or pack lunch for their children threatens success of Universal Primary Education in Uganda. School gardening if properly introduced offers a sustainable solution that empowers the pupils to gain life skills in agriculture and to produce food for school feeding programme. Agricultural clubs inspire and motivate pupils to practice agriculture when they own the enterprises. The clubs also enable pupils to learn other skills associated with selforganisation, leadership and teamwork. Sustainability of school gardening, however, requires commitment and joint engagement of researchers, extension workers, school administration, parents and local leadership.
La faim à court terme causée par l’incapacité des parents à payer le déjeuner ou à l’emballer pour leurs enfants constitue un danger pour la réussite dans l’Enseignement Primaire Universelle (EPU) en Ouganda. Les jardins scolaires, s’ils sont correctement mis en place, offrent une solution durable qui permet aux élèves d’acquérir des aptitudes vitales dans l’agriculture et de produire à manger pour le programme d’alimentation scolaire. Les clubs agricoles inspirent et motivent les élèves à pratiquer l’agriculture quand ils ont des initiatives propres. Ces clubs permettent aussi aux élèves d’acquérir d’autres aptitudes liées à l’auto-organisation, au leadership et au travail d’équipe. Cependant, la durabilité de jardinage à l’école exige la responsabilité et l’engagement conjoint des chercheurs, des vulgarisateurs, de l’administration scolaire, des parents et des dirigeants locaux.
The case of Universal primary schools in Kamuli and Soroti Districts, Uganda
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