Liberia’s Education Minister Etmonia Tarpeh has called on schools’ administrators in the country to establish school gardens at their various campuses to impart practical agricultural skills in the lives of students.
Minister Tarpeh made the call Wednesday, June 11, in Careysburg district, when she dedicated the C. B. Harris Memorial Primary School.
She said that school gardening is an important component in the improvement of food security in Liberia.
According to her when children are taught practical agricultural skills, they (skills) will get them grow interest in farming.
“Every school should have an acre at the back of the school’s yard as a demonstration plot to teach the students,” she suggested.
Also speaking at the program, a member of the Young Farmer Club of the C.B Harris School, Jumah Sherman stressed the need for agriculture education to be taught at all primary schools.
She said this will help buttress government’s effort in addressing malnutrition in the lives of kids.
“The school garden create for us the opportunity to learn more about nutrition,” she added.
The CB. Harris Memorial Primary School has established a 0.6 hectares garden with support from the USAID Food and Enterprise Development (FED) program for Liberia.
This year’s crop such as maize (corn), okra, watermelon, peanut and cowpea are being grown by the student gardeners.
C.B Harris is among the 100 schools in six counties, including Bong, Lofa, Margibi, Bassa, Nimba and Montserrado that USAID FED provides incentives for agriculture teachers, tools and fertilizers to promote school garden activities.