Venancio Ferraz (Ainaro)

Year 7 & 8 students and teachers working together to build raised garden beds with local organic matter, including leaves and manure students have brought from home. Garden bed shapes were inspired by Permaculture keyholes, and designed by students here to spell out the name of their school ‘Venancio Ferraz’. This school garden was just getting going in June 2018 and is located in the centre of the school between classroom blocks.

Permatil has successfully introduced a sustainable food program to approximately 180 schools in Timor-Leste with a team of dedicated and highly skilled volunteers and with the support of a range of mostly small NGO’s from around the world.

The program teaches students techniques for sustainable food growing and is based on a new way of learning and teaching via observation and exploration. A holistic approach, the program reaches across many disciplines in the curriculum including culture, art, maths, science language and more.

It inspires collaborative critical thinking and problem solving towards real outcomes with better relationships and respect between teachers and students. As a result the health of the students improve by introducing fresh, nutritious vegetables in to the school food program.

Finally, the program helps the students reconnect with Traditional culture, develop community knowledge and improved nutrition levels, share sustainable living techniques and improved food growing capacity.

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