Kyere Primary School teaches around 720 pupils from Geti-Geti village, situated in the highly populated semi-urban Serere district. The school garden was created on a one-acre plot of land directly behind the classrooms to teach students how to cultivate local varieties of vegetables and legumes, knowledge that was being lost quickly among young generations due to the disruptive impact of political instability. Crops planted include tomatoes, cabbages, sweet potatoes, cassava, millet, cucumbers, groundnuts and pigeon peas, alongside local fruit trees. However, prolonged drought, periodically affects crop production. The school does not have a means to access nearby bore water for irrigation, and also lacks tanks and roof guttering to collect and store rainwater during the short rainy season. Through participation in the Thousand Gardens project, the school is engaged in the establishment of a system for water collection and irrigation to increase the harvest. Students are supported to organize garden parties to cook and share their produce, and encouraged to cultivate food gardens at home.
Obar-Geti Village, Serere District
Achingo Jennifer, Onyait Bag, Oile Charles