The garden of the “Quartier hospital” is found in Attobrou, in the Agboville sub-prefecture, 100 km away from the capital city Abidjan in the country’s south. The « “Quartier hôpital” is the third largest in the village, with 272 students divided into 6 classes with 6 teachers.
The 200 m2 garden is found a couple hundred meters away from the school, quite close to a man-made lake. It is managed by students ranging from 10 to 15 years old under the supervision of their teachers. The crops cultivated here include: African tomatoes and eggplant, cabbage, okra, beans, taro and plantains.
The school’s coop is in charge of the garden’s maintenance. This is made up of 8 members, 4 of whom are students elected by their peers. This group handles the harvest and sale of the garden’s products, some of which are sold to the school’s cafeteria in order to prepare meals. The revenues are used to cover some of the school’s small expenses and extracurricular activities.
The soil is fertilized with both manure and neem leaves, while pests are fought off with ashes, tobacco powder, pepper spray and neem leaves. The teachers and supervisors will take part in training sessions to make sure that their knowledge in gardening is up to date.
Attobrou, Agboville sub-prefecture, Agnéby Tiassa region
Djedje Youko Guillaume