School compound, Kenya

This is Ntalabany primary school in northern Kenya. It was brought to our attention 18 months ago when Lewa educators created a new PACE action sheet to share the children’s vertical gardening innovations and success.  We’re told that this year they are having to rethink the concept of school clubs like the Environment Club at Ntalabany, because they have moved from the club being 20 or 30 kids interested in environment to the whole school being involved. Rather than problem solving around how to cope with marauding elephants, soil erosion and lack of water being activities for Environment club sessions, these issues are now addressed by all the kids, in their project work. That is the extent to which Environmental education and EE practical projects are integrated into the kids learning. They don’t just have a strong Environment club, but have become an Eco School! And see how it’s making a difference.

The photo below shows what the school looked like in 2022.  The students have planted and nurtured shade trees, transforming a dry, hot compound on sandy eroding substrate, and even established beds for growing flowers and vegetables.

We’re pleased that PACE materials have helped them on the journey, and that they in tern have provided ideas and inspiration we can share with schools in our wider network.  Much credit to Mr Bosire for supervising and encouraging the kids.

NB. All their water has to be carried in containers from a stream in the valley below – hard work clearly pays dividends!!
Q. How did they deal with elephants destroying their plants?
A. They drew on local knowledge – to help them select species that elephants don’t like!!!!