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Buikwe Head Teachers Advised to Revive School Demonstration Gardens

Buikwe District Senior Education Officer Joyce Nalubega says that the schools abandoned the gardens when schools were closed following the outbreak of covid-19.
Part of Sacred Heart primary school demostration garden.

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Education authorities have advised headteachers in Buikwe district to revive the implementation of Uganda’s Multi-Sectoral Food and Security and Nutrition Project.  

The five-year project funded by World Bank was implemented by 100 Primary Schools in each of the selected 20 districts across the country. It aimed at increasing the production and consumption of micronutrient-rich foods and utilization of community-based nutrition services in smallholder households.  

Through the initiative, the government supported the establishment of the school and community-based nutrition activities, some of which are implemented by the Primary Schools in collaboration with Lead Farmers and Parents Groups, while others are implemented by the teachers and school leadership.  

Each primary school receives a package to establish or strengthen its school garden to produce year-round micronutrient-rich crops, and to support nutrition education activities. The Primary School Demonstration Gardens are primarily managed by the Parent groups.

In the district, three demonstration gardens were established at Kisimbi CoU, Scared Heart RC primary schools, and Sacred Heart RC Secondary schools in Najja sub-county.

Buikwe District Senior Education Officer Joyce Nalubega says that the schools abandoned the gardens when schools were closed following the outbreak of covid-19.

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Musoke Fred Luutu, the headteacher of Sacred Heart RC primary school says before the school established the garden, they could only feed pupils with posho, beans, and porridge but now they are able to offer a balanced diet to the pupils.

Luutu says that the presence of the demonstration gardens is an opportunity for children to be taught the benefits of engaging in farming.

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The Buikwe Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Betty Nankindu says schools should adopt all means of creating food baskets to feed learners so as to improve their performance and also transform malnourished children within their communities.

Nankindu notes that a baseline survey conducted recently in the district indicates that 50 percent of school-going pupils are malnourished.

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