”We have learned different techniques for the land”

John Bärj. Joan Nalubega is one of the pupils with agroforestry on the timetable.

Vi Agroforestry has been working with St. Marks Elementary school in Sembabule District for one year now. Through Vi Agroforestry’s ”Farmers of the Future” project, financed with the aid of Swedish Radio Fund’s fundraising campaign Children of the World, the school receives funds to help combat malnutrition.

The school is sowing seeds for fruit trees and the pupils’ BMI is calculated using a weighing scale they received. The children also learn about the benefits of agroforestry.  The collaboration with schools has resulted in student environmental associations being set up. These associations allow pupils with a particular interest in agriculture, the environment and nature to learn more about their favourite subjects.The pupils are offered both theoretical and practical know-how, as they are given chief responsibility for the school’s environmental work and agricultural activities.

”We have learned different techniques for cultivating the land, how to set up nurseries and the best ways to manage waste. I can now help my parents on the farm at weekends,” says Maria Nangija, one of the pupils at the school.

Teacher Robert Katenja is hopeful about the children’s future.

”We are clearly perceiving that the children no longer see farming as a punishment, but see that there is pride in choosing to be a farmer. They realise that farming can be a good deal!”