Permaculture practices are ecologically sound, cost-effective and draw on traditional practices. These include, but are not limited, to sustainable agriculture, water harvesting, composting, composting toilets and renewable energy access. The adoption of permaculture in schools allows for students and staff to directly benefit from long-term projects such as reducing hunger, improve nutrition, improve hygiene and sanitation, provide energy access and improve school income. From experience, it also furthers the teaching of science through a ‘living laboratory’ in schools. The inclusion of lead farmers in the training process opens up the possibility of ripple impacts across a region, the school serving as a ‘safe space’ to observe the results of permaculture in action. Schools allow us to make an impact across generations.
Our team has been trained in permaculture and has extensive experience in working with a rural and remote school in Northern Malawi. For details please read this blog post about our work with Kapita Primary School.
Over a decade, we have developed networks with universities, training centres, plant nurseries, schools practicing Permaculture and freelance consultants that can aid our efforts.