EduPlant schools is expected to cater for 12,000 learners

This Mandela Month, a further 300 schools across South Africa have officially become EduPlant schools and were provided with the tools, training, and educational materials to grow their own gardens to supplement their nutritional needs with fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruit.
The EduPlant Programme is an initiative of Food & Trees for Africa that provides meals to learners through the National School Nutrition Programme (NSPS).
Nosiphelo Nkani, EduPlant Programme Coordinator, points out that “the skills development aspect of the EduPlant Programme plays a vital role in empowering schools and communities to improve their livelihoods, and to supply school-aged children with nutritious and healthy meals. Successful food gardens can be income-generating sites too.”
Thousands of schools across the country are EduPlant schools, with fresh produce harvested from gardens benefiting approximately 18,000 learners each year.
The most recent schools on-boarded are based in all 9 provinces and have already broken ground in their gardens, with the first consistent harvests already producing fresh veggies daily. These gardens are expected to supplement the daily meals of around 12,000 learners.
Tiger Brands became a partner of the EduPlant programme in 2019 and its efforts to provide nutritious meals to learners are well aligned with the company’s long-running support of the National School Nutrition Programme through the Tiger Brands Foundation. The Foundation serves breakfast daily to over 74 000 learners in 95 schools, across all nine provinces.
The EduPlant programme runs over a two-year cycle. The current cycle will culminate in a competition at the end of 2023 to select the most thriving school gardens.
The impact of the programme is measured by the change of attitude in environmental awareness, increased knowledge and skills for growing food sustainably, and integrating learning gardens in the curriculum.

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