About the project

Seriti Institute initiated The Homestead Gardens project to support learners in putting classroom learning in agriculture into practice at home. The project helps improve food and nutrition as well as food security in surrounding communities

Seriti Institute is part of the multi-stakeholder forum, which includes the Department of Basic Education, the Department of Agriculture, school governing bodies, civic organisations and traditional leadership.

Our Approach

The Project encourages learners to establish Homestead Gardens which also serve as learning laboratories for learners interested in agriculture. We are working with two secondary and two primary schools and have identified twenty learners in each of the four participating schools.

Tools Provided

The learners were given a gardening starter kit comprising of:

  • 1x steel rake

  • 1 x 10 litre watering can

  • 1 x spade

  • 1 x digging fork

  • 20 x Cabbage seedlings

  • 20 x Mustard seedlings

  • 20 x Spinach seedlings

  • 1 x Progress recording book

  • 1 x HB pencil

Ways To Donate

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Account Name: Seriti Institute NPC
Bank: First National Bank
Account No.: 62233448762
Branch Code: 250955
SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ
Reference: Jala Peo

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Seriti & Jala Peo Case Study

The Jala Peo project, managed by JET education services, encourages learners to develop an interest in agriculture.

Seriti has expanded the project by encouraging children to start their own gardens at home.

Learners follow a “learning by doing approach” where they are encouraged to create homestead gardens to practice what they have learnt in the classrooms.

This includes parents and caregivers and creates an awareness around the importance of food security and nutrition.

The interaction between learners, their parents and other elders from the community introduces learners to the culture of valuing the land, growing and harvesting crops.

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