Over the winter months we have been reflecting on the impact of our African Garden Days (AGD) project in schools. We have discovered a pattern of teachers reporting back to us that their pupils are more engaged with their learning; able to build relationships and being more interested in the world around them.

Westcliff, Devon:

‘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. We have seen a new found energy and enthusiasm, specifically in pupils who have been difficult to engage with in the past. Such pupils are inspired and re-energised and excited about the future. Many ‘less able’ children were able to shine and show previously unseen leadership skills. And a child with behaviour difficulties remained engaged all day and there were no big problems.’

Knowle DGE, Bristol – pupil referral unit

After their AGD, the teachers of Knowle DGE took a group of boys to Kenya where they built a keyhole garden in a school. They used their knowledge and experience from our AGD and applied it to a new setting. Below is an extract from one of the boy’s journals:

‘We have so much compared to them, but they work with what they have, they adapt to their situation. Thank you for taking us on this life changing experience to see the less fortunate, to see what we have is everything. Some of the people in Kenya have next to nothing.’

Who knows the life-long impact that this will have on their lives.