Both school projects aim to improve the wellbeing of staff and students at Mitula Primary School (450 students) and Dwalala Primary School (700 students)
All our school projects start with an intensive Permaculture workshop that orients students, staff and parents with permaculture design. This is a vital first step that allows communities to co-design solutions to a range of development challenges. The main focus across these two primary schools are:
1. Food and Nutrition – Each school has allocated over four acres of land to grow a wide range of fruits and vegetables that will contribute towards a school-run breakfast program. The garden is being gradually expanded through the community’s efforts so that the school can produce crops at a sustainable scale. Our role is to guide this process.
2. Eco-Sanitation – We have constructed two composting toilets and three large urinals at each of these schools. In addition to easing chronic issues with health and sanitation, these toilets are able to hygienically provide compost for each school’s fruit orchards.
3. Solar Electricity- We have provided each school with solar systems that can provide classrooms with powerful lighting, as well as power small appliances.
4. Water Harvesting – Each school has a 5,000L rainwater harvesting system in order to collect water for hygiene and irrigation purposes.
School Meal Program – At present over 4 acres have been dedicated to growing fruits and vegetables at each school. Meal kitchens are currently in construction and each school hopes to launch their school-run breakfast program in June 2019.
Solar Electricity – Thanks to lighting through solar electricity, students are able to attend night classes at their school. This is particularly relevant for children who are studying for the high school entrance exam. Students also benefit from teachers being able to use visual aids such as videos to augment their teaching e.g. documentaries or other educational videos.
Eco-Sanitation – The installation of toilets and urinals at both schools mean that students no longer have to endure foul smells and long waiting times to use these facilities. Additionally, these systems also provide a hygienic source of nutrients for each school’s gardens.
Water Harvesting – The rainwater harvesting systems in both schools enable them to store 5,000 litres of water. This is used for both hygiene (washing hands) and irrigation purposes (the school food garden).
This work at Dwalala and Mitula Primary School was made possible by the generous contributions of In A Perfect World. We extend our gratitude to their board, staff and supporters.