African Reflections Foundation (ARF) is unlocking the potential of students around the remote areas in Mkuranga through safe water and sanitation. ARF has been working hard to improve water because of the fact that only 40 percent of primary schools and 56 secondary schools in the country have reliable supply of water.
Critical shortage of water facing many schools has led to the young learners spending much time fetching for water instead of concentrating on studies. Through ARF students in Mkuranga District have started access to sanitary lavatories and safe water at school. Now, these students spend their days studying and have even started school garden projects.
Students of Mamndi Mkongo Secondary School have managed to clear the land to start their school garden project. In 2018, ARF coordinated the construction of a deep water wells at the school under the sponsorship of Nichols School, USA.
ARF and Tanzpro Greens Ltd have since assisted to develop a sustainable agricultural project at the school, which has a girls hostel. One of the students, who is currently in form three, says easy access to clean water is very important to them as they used to go far fetching for water.
“Our garden is small, but can help us save our money. Instead of buying vegetables, the money can be budgeted for other items”, says Nasma Mnyaula.
The school garden will be a key in developing the students’ horticulture skills and hopefully provide an alternative employment option when they leave school. Often times young school leavers in the rural areas do not find employment.School gardens are a wonderful way to use the schoolyard as a classroom, reconnect students with the natural world and the true source of their food, and teach them valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills that integrate with several subjects, such as math, science, art, health and physical education, and social studies, as well as several educational goals, including personal and social responsibility