Located south of Togo in the coastal region, more precisely in the Gulf prefecture about 40 kilometres from Lomé, the Adankpokondi public elementary school Slow Food garden is a Slow Food Togo Maritime convivium initiative, which was welcomed by this school’s teachers and students.
With effectively 462 students taught by 8 teachers, the school is located on the main road leading from Lomé to Vogan, in the small village of Adankpokondi. Its Slow Food garden is on 100m2 of land on a plateau next to the school buildings. The garden is cultivated by all the students aged between 7 and 13 years old, and managed by a group of 10 students elected by their peers.
During the science and earth life (SVT) courses, the students and their teachers go out to the garden to better learn about the plants growing there and their names, and to understand more how they are produced. Among the range of plants grown in the garden, there are okra, aubergine, leafy local vegetables like “somboé”, “adémin”, “fotintin”, beans or legumes, papayas, bananas, red and green pepper “gboyébessé”, and many medicinal plants such as “aloma” “essrou” or “zogbéti”. In order to allow a good harvest, the teachers have asked the students’ parents, who are for the most part farmers, and who accept willingly, to teach the students and themselves about organic fertilisers and insecticides that help towards a better garden yield.
As for use of the harvests, it must be noted that the Togo state has announced the reintroduction of the school cafeteria, and the school already uses the harvest as a complement to the ingredients in preparing the school lunches. A part of the garden harvest is sold and the funds are used to buy chalk and other teaching materials for the school. The rest of the yield is used for organising end of year festivities.
Gulf Prefecture, coastal region
Kokou Honoré Sotia