Located north of Togo in the Kara region, more precisely in the Kozah prefecture about 250 kilometres from Lomé, the capital of Togo, the Adabawouré public elementary school Slow Food garden is to the southeast of the village of Kara and is a Slow Food Kara convivium initiative.
With effectively 425 students taught by 10 teachers, the school is in the midst of buildings, and its Slow Food garden extends over a 90 m2 surface, on a hill behind the school buildings. The garden is cultivated by all the students and managed by a group of 16 students chosen by their peers. During the science and earth life (SVT) courses, the students and their teachers turn the garden into an open-air classroom, where they learn the names of the different plants growing there and to understand more how they are produced. Among the plants grown in the garden, one can see okra, aubergine, local leafy vegetables like “gnatou”, “younoum”, “tchassi”, beans, papayas, red pepper “tchangayi”, and many medicinal plants such as “assèou” and “n’goné”. For a good harvest, the teachers and their pupils were trained on the techniques of organic composting and pesticide manufacture, which help towards a better garden yield.
As to the garden produce, it is sold and a part is assigned to preparing the end of year meal for the students.
Prefecture of Kozah, Kara region
Abdel Ramane Assimiou