Located south of Togo in the coastal region, more precisely in the Zio prefecture about 35 kilometres from Lomé, the Adétikopé canton, the Kladjémé public elementary school garden was started by the Slow Food Tsévié convivium, and welcomed by the students and teachers of this school.
With about 507 students overseen by 11 teachers, the Kladjémé public elementary school consists of group A and B. It is on a plateau, and its Slow Food garden is behind the school buildings, in the midst of houses. The school has a large cistern that collects water used to water the garden. This garden is cultivated by the students overseen by their teachers. During the science and earth life (SVT) courses, the students and their teachers go out to the garden to demonstrate the course and 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, spinach, local leafy vegetables like “fotintin”, “adémin”, “gnatou”, beans, aubergines, papayas, bananas, round pepper “gboyébessé”, and many medicinal plants such as “zokpéti”. To get a good yield, the garden coordinator has made available manuals about compost production and organic pesticide manufacture to the teachers to improve the garden harvest.
The harvests are used as ingredients in the preparation of the school cafeteria; another part is sold and the profits are used to buy chalk. The harvests are also used to prepare the huge end of school year dinner.
Zio Prefecture, coastal region