Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Project DISC Emphasize green school yards program

By Abdu Senkubuge School relation person, project DISC

“Here” and “there” in Uganda, forests are cleared for Industry and settlement and our clear question remains where have we left our green environmental site sence we Used to have in the beginning. Yes a solution is at least on the ground; and this can save up to 15 school compounds which have been severely degraded as a result of construction in the school perimeters. T
his is through an innovative program to replace degraded school yards with fruit trees of different types and varieties which can survive in local conditions. This program is an initiative to make our schools green, nutritious and productive not only to the advantages of the school directors and teachers but also to the soil, birds and all environmental aspects around the schools. “We appreciate the need for expansion of settlement areas as towns are growing but we should also appreciate the advantages of urban green spaces especially if they are made of fruit trees. That’s why I would like to thank the DISC project for teaching our children and teachers to plant and manage fruit trees in our school compounds” the Head teacher for St. Stephen primary school Mr. Kibuuka said. We pledge our full support to all of our schools for this noble cause to save the soil, land water and the atmosphere. The struggle starts with me and you. Just take a look at these children struggling to beautify their school compound at Buiga Sunrise pre School.

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Background to project DISC

The participation of students in food production does not only enhance their taste behaviours and nutrition status, but can possibly lead to social transformation. Social conditions are complex and therefore positive attitude towards cultivation should be built within children that will in turn help to reverse the existing food shortages. The fact is that Project DISC aims at engaging School Children and the local youth communities in real life production of Clean, Safe and Fair food through working with schools and communities.