The school garden at Addis Gebere Primary School in Southern Ethiopia was launched as part of the Thousand Gardens project in 2011 by the school environmental club, a group of 30 students: 20 boys and 10 girls. Environmental clubs are a nation-wide government scheme to encourage schools to improve their own environment. Using irrigation water from a school reservoir that holds 20,000 cubic meters, the students are able to grow various varieties of local fruits and vegetables including mango, papaya, coffee, moringa, sweet potatoes, carrots, beetroot, black beans, lablab and pigeon peas as well as cereals like sorghum and maize.
All the fresh produce harvested from garden is sold to the local community, including the students’ families, and the money raised goes directly to the school to help provide educational materials for students. A seedbed has been established to germinate seedlings from collected seeds. To enrich the soil, students compost organic matter and bring manure collected from animals kept at their homes.
The garden is realized in collaboration with Konso Cultural Centre (www.konsoculturalcentre.org), which coordinates the gardens in the area and organizes regular training workshops.
Addis Gebere, Konso special Woreda, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region