Located south of Togo in the coastal region, more precisely in the Vo prefecture about 50 kilometres from Lomé, the Akodésséwa public elementary school Slow Food garden was started by the Slow Food Togo Maritime convivium.
With effectively 245 students taught by 5 teachers, the school is located on the road leading from Lomé to Vogan. Its Slow Food garden is on 95m2 of land not far from the school buildings, on a rural area plateau. The garden is cultivated by all the students aged between 7 and 11 years old, and managed by a group of 15 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 the names of the different plants growing there and to understand more how they are grown. Among the range of plants grown in the garden, there are okra, aubergine, leafy vegetables like “adémin”, “somboé”, beans, papayas and bananas, green pepper “gboyébessé”, and many medicinal plants such as “aloma” and “zogbéti”. In order to have a good harvest, the teachers often call on the expertise of some of the students’ parents, who accept voluntarily to teach the students and their teachers production and fertilisation techniques, and organic insecticides that improve the garden’s harvest.
As to the uses of the harvest, it needs to be noted that the Togo state decided to reintroduce cafeterias in school buildings. The teachers as well as the students thus use the harvest as complementary ingredients for the preparation of school lunches. A part of the garden harvest is sold and the funds are used in extra-curricular activities and for organising end of school year festivities.
Vo Prefecture, coastal region
Kokou Honoré Sotia