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Local school is winner of national food gardening competition

A team of an educator and three learners from Semana Primary School were amongst the 66 finalist schools from across the country who came together to compete in the biennial Finals event where over R430 000 worth of prizes were distributed.

Semana Primary School in Mohlahlareng, just outside of Tzaneen, has been awarded the Limpopo Provincial winner in the 2018 National EduPlant Competition.

A team of an educator and three learners from Semana Primary School were amongst the 66 finalist schools from across the country who came together to compete in the biennial Finals event where over R430 000 worth of prizes were distributed.

EduPlant, the country’s leading food gardening programme initiated and managed by Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) has been sponsored by the Woolworths Trust over the past 14 years.

“Congratulations to Semana Primary School. We are very proud of the 2018 EduPlant winners and celebrate all the finalist schools. These schools represented the brightest lights out of 326 schools from all provinces who made substantial achievements in increasing their community’s access to nutritious food,” says Zinzi Mgolodela, Woolworths Director of Corporate Affairs.

“With World Food Day, celebrated on the 16th of October, it is wonderful to see South African school communities taking action towards #zerohunger in South Africa. Despite the limited resources in their communities, it is inspiring to see that these schools aren’t holding back when it comes to improving food security by growing their own food.”

The 2018 World Food Day theme is ‘Our actions are our future’ and the FAO (The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations) is promoting a #zerohunger world by 2030.

Fourteen million people are at risk of hunger every day in South Africa* so local food gardening initiatives such as EduPlant play an important role in increasing vulnerable people’s access to sustainably produced, nutritious foods.

“Over the past 24 years, EduPlant has gone from strength to strength as a champion of sustainable farming through school-based and cluster workshops,” says Robyn Hills, FTFA Programme Manager.

“Alongside our long-term partner, The Woolworths Trust, awareness and knowledge of nutrition and eco-friendly permaculture farming is built in communities where hunger is an issue for millions of South Africans. As we have seen at the 2018 EduPlant Finals, these schools’ food gardens supplement feeding schemes while educating learners about climate change, community resilience, healthy environments and natural vegetable production. EduPlant schools are taking effective action for a #zerohungerfuture.”

The action-packed EduPlant Finals event took place at Konkain Magaliesberg, an exciting school-friendly venue with excellent facilities for children. Activities included bush walking, an evening bonfire culture experience, drumming and T-shirt art, as well as a variety of interactive, nature-friendly workshops.

“The EduPlant Finals is an inspiring event,” concludes Mgolodela. “Achieving #zerohunger means working together to ensure that everyone, everywhere can access safe, nutritious food they need for an active, healthy life. We commend the EduPlantprogramme as it is a great example of schools and communities taking action to improve food security by encouraging sustainable food growing, uplift education in schools and support the movement towards a #zerohunger South Africa.”

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