Now that the summer holidays are upon us and another school year has come to an end, it’s the perfect time to look back on our Development Education work. Project manager Ann tells us more about it…

The second year of our African Garden Days programme has come to an end and wow, what a year it’s been! We have met 9,180 children and 62 schools now have a keyhole garden of their own. We’ve travelled across the country teaching children about rural communities in Africa, educating them about growing food, gardening and agriculture.

But it’s not just the students who have benefitted. We’ve trained 124 teachers in global education and gardening, supported by our new online Scrapbook which provides many useful and engaging resources. The Scrapbook is so popular that it’s been downloaded by teachers across the UK, Europe, America and even Australia!

The feedback we’ve received about the African Garden Days from both teachers and students has been incredible. One of the teachers told us it was: ‘‘An amazing day that develops children and adults’ thinking skills and makes them aware of how others are similar and different.’’ Another told us how the day was: ‘‘By far one of the best projects’’ she had been involved in.

In the UK, where food is often experienced through packaged products in a supermarket aisle, the opportunity for children to plant their own vegetables, to watch them grow and decide when they are ready to eat, is a rare and special activity.

Now, as the students and teachers enjoy their summer break, we’re busy preparing for the next school year of African Garden Days. With a growing waiting list and a number of new schools taking part from across the country, it looks like 2015/16 could be an even bigger and better year!