School-based vegetable garden

TES team
TES team • 2 June 2022
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The study proposed as a best practice model is the Food Intake and Resilience Support: Gardens as Taught by Educators (FIRST-GATE) research project. The FIRST-GATE project explored how the implementation and outcome of a teacher-to-teacher intervention on school-based vegetable gardens can support resilience (as indicated by unpredicted positive outcomes for education, wellbeing and health) in vulnerable primary school-communities in South Africa. The sample included 37 purposively selected teachers from nine primary schools in the Eastern Cape Province.

Fidelity of intervention was evident in the following: (i) multi-sectoral provincial government participation (education, agriculture); (ii) teachers in multiple primary schools sustained vegetable gardens over time; (iii) schools crafted communities of practice where teachers transferred evidence-based, contextually relevant school-vegetable garden models to neighbouring schools; (iv) fidelity of intervention maintained; (v) schools mobilised as hubs for quality education, wellbeing and health of children (and their families) due to adversities caused by structural disparity

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Thematic Focus Area 1: Inclusive, equitable, safe and healthy schools Thematic Focus Area 2: Learning and skills for life, work and sustainable development Good practice - Summit 2022 South Africa Africa