African Garden Days has been developed for Key Stage 2 and 3 by Send a Cow as part of their education programme. The hands-on practical project is comprised of the building of an African Keyhole Garden, a whole school assembly and classroom sessions.

What's involved?

  • A preliminary visit from a trained Send a Cow facilitator, to confirm all practical and learning aspects of the day with relevant teaching staff.
  • An assembly for the whole school to highlight positive ways in which people in Africa are feeding themselves in a sustainable way.
  • Intensive work with one class for the remainder of the day; classroom-learning focusing on Africa, sustainability, food and growing through group work and debate.
  • Then a supervised outdoor challenge in which pupils will construct a kitchen garden in their school grounds - called a Keyhole Garden.
  • A final reflection session back in the classroom, followed by an informal feedback session with the teacher(s) involved.

What are the benefits?

African Garden Days provides a number of benefits for schools:

  • Activities that support the National Curriculum and global education.
  • Learning outcomes that tie in with initiatives such as Healthy Schools, Eco-Schools, The International School Award, and the Global Learning Programme.
  • The development of practical problem solving and cooperation skills.
  • The legacy of a Keyhole Garden in your school, to be used as an ongoing learning resource.
  • Access to an online African Garden Days scrapbook, enabling pupils to record and share their experience throughout the year with other schools.
  • Availability of further support for teachers via our award winning Lessons from Africa.

What do teachers say?

The activities in the African Garden Day and the scope for enhanced learning around the project are excellent. Pupils can appreciate the value of working together and how food and cooperation helps communities and economies.

Thank you for our African Garden Day. I have noticed a new sense of pride, a sense of belonging, a sense of community. I think the project really helped to link us together.

All children were happy to cooperate and work with each other. Leadership skills in some of our quieter pupils became evident as children worked towards the creation of their garden. Children were also able to be creative in their thinking and in their approaches to overcoming problems.