|SPC encourages school gardening|
|Tuesday, 21 September 2010 07:57|
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Land Resources Division (LRD) has been actively promoting school gardening to encourage young people into agricultural and forestry sector.
One way to encourage this was supporting school gardening programme with some planting materials and gardening tools.
Recently the focus has been mainly on rural based schools however, urban schools are also targeted now so that school children change their perspective on the primary industry.
Suva’s Holy Trinity Anglican School was one of the first schools in urban areas to receive assistance worth of F$1000.00
Jalesi Mateboto and Vinesh Prasad of SPC’s Land Resource Division presented the tools and planting materials to the head teacher of the school on Friday 10th September.
“Urban children often miss on the school gardening practices and they never take it seriously because from beginning they are not exposed to agriculture.”
“This initiative will assist in developing myriad opportunities for them when it will come to their career in future.” Mr Mateboto said.
School principal, Mrs Delaitoga was very happy with the donation and thanked SPC for their support.
“These kind gesture by SPC shows their commitment in encouraging our youths into Agricultural Sector.”
“Agriculture is not only for rural school but it also should be practised in urban schools to instil the importance of it in children.” Mrs Delaitoga said.
She also added that incorporating Agriculture into school system assists in changing the mindset of the children and also allows them to practice the same at home.
Land Resources Division has been assisting schools for some years now with planting materials and gardening tools.