Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change

by Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation, Inc.
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Transplant the seedlings to the seed beds.
Transplant the seedlings to the seed beds.

In Amún Shéa students dedicate part of their class schedule to greenhouse cultivation as part of the institutional methodology, with the aim of acquiring practical knowledge of the applied sciences to crops and mathematics at the time of marketing the products that are grown in The GreenHouse.

The interesting thing happens when students consume the food prepared in the kitchen for lunch or snack time and in this way they are aware of the importance of growing food, generating in them a friendly spirit with the environment and at the same time promoting a healthy diet and nutritious.

Arlet, 10 years old (fourth grade) "I like to go to the greenhouse because my grandmother has many crops in my house and I want to learn to help her and I would like to teach her how to plant plants that are used to feed. I am very interested in learning because we are losing part of our nature because of the damage we cause with pollution and I want to learn a lot so as not to damage the environment. When I eat the food that we grow, I feel good because I know that I am cultivating my health and I am nourishing myself healthy, in this way I not only help the earth but also me and my companions ".

Healthy eating will always be fundamental for the development of children and adolescents creating healthy and balanced eating habits, thus avoiding the consumption of junk food. By being involved in the cultivation process, students are familiar with the food they eat and at the same time know the nutritional properties of the food they eat, information they receive while visiting the greenhouses.

Erick, 10 years old (fourth grade) "I like to go to the greenhouse because you work on the land and I like to know how the land and plants are produced. When we grow we must wait for the fruit to be ready to take it to the kitchen and eat it. I do not like vegetables but I have learned that I must eat them because they are necessary for health because they have lots of proteins and vitamins so that I can be strong, healthy and not get sick".

The moment in which students become protagonists is where education makes sense, each child is able to understand the importance of developing life skills and in them to find meaning in what they receive at school. The child understands that science can go beyond an experiment in the laboratory and get involved in the process of food production.

There are many educational alternatives, but no recipe for each educational environment and rural education are born alternative development through the production of different types of crops, as well as opening spaces for students to find opportunities to obtain resources in their families and products for food at home through the orchards made with their family.

Abigail, 9 years old (third grade) "In my house I help my father to plant, because he is dedicated to that, we have planted corn, when we sow tomato and chile the whitefly always arrived and ruined the crop, but I learned here ( referring to the Amún Shéa school), in a greenhouse class they taught me that we can put a yellow bag because that attracts the whitefly and then we fill the bag with oil, we put it where we had the crops, we did this with my dad and we could exterminate with the whitefly and that helped my dad a lot. "

In this way, children take ownership of knowledge and transfer them to their home, making them active in different environments, committed to constant learning and taking advantage of opportunities to develop and apply the knowledge acquired in the different learning spaces. Teachers, students and parents are aware of the importance of making the most of the abilities and skills of students in this area, in search of a balanced and healthy diet. The food will follow its course daily, from the greenhouse to the kitchen and we can say from the garden to the kitchen of the house of each boy and girl who daily learns the importance of growing the food that they will later have on their table.

Your support contributes so that the students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge and that these allow them to open development opportunities in Morazán.

They know the life cycle of plants.
They know the life cycle of plants.
They prepare the land to plant.
They prepare the land to plant.
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Children planting radish.
Children planting radish.

Agroecology offers an alternative to the traditional practices of agriculture, where the excessive use of water and chemical products that only directly affect the environment predominates.


The first Inclusive Agroecological School in El Salvador, looks beyond providing short courses to agricultural producers, directly influence the participation of communities from childhood, young people, men and women in order to involve all those who can become actors of change. It does not only seek to change the mentality or the traditional form of agricultural practice but to create value and environmental awareness in childhood.


In El Salvador, no official career is offered in the strengthening of adaptability to climate change, only informal graduates. The Agroecological School in Morazán will be the tool that will strengthen Economic Development through agricultural production. Sustainability is one of the main objectives, that from the initial education students of the school can create spaces for the active participation in topics related to organic production.


The experience of the eleven years of the Amún Shéa Integral Development Center is the fuel for the composition of a strategic plan that allows the communities of the north of Morazán to obtain income for their families through a pertinent rural education with focus on the agroecology, where human subsistence lays its foundations in agriculture.


The northern zone offers a very high tourist component and the agrotourism could become a very high potential, developed in a natural environment offering visitors the opportunity to know the effects of traditional agricultural exploitations, while an alternative trip is carried out that entails the respect for agricultural resources, livestock and biodiversity. Besides offering the opportunity to know the landscape and the gastronomy of the place as an anchor for rural tourism that helps to maintain life in the countryside.


The above will give us a vision for the development of another of the great components of the school, the impulse and support for the ventures, with creative or innovative ideas. Being aware that the farmers and local producers should not be seen as a marginal element, but rather focus efforts so that they have access to agroecological education, guaranteeing the strengthening of their practices in the crops.


For learning there is no age and the Inclusive Agroecological School promotes the incorporation of the community in general where the main requirement is to want to learn and in this way agroecology becomes an alternative teaching in the rural schools of Morazán.


The School will also be a teacher training center, so that teachers acquire the knowledge that allows them to integrate the contents and components of agroecology in different subjects, giving focus to each of their classes according to the context in which they are located. schools in the north area of Morazán. Only by involving the different sectors will it be possible to establish the bases that will lead us to a paradigm shift and leave the conventional form of crops.


In the framework of compliance with the right to education, the foundation promotes and manages spaces for the opening of scholarships, which allow students to insert themselves into working life by completing their studies of graduates, technicians and courses focused on agroecology.


With your support, we can open quality learning spaces for children, youth and adults through the Scholarship Program for Agroecology students and in this way we face not only the consequences of climate change, soil deterioration and lack of treatment water, we also contribute to the adaptability in the environment, with the main objective of building learning spaces friendly to the environment.


At school children learn the importance of crops to adopt them as part of their lifestyle and for food consumption.


Grace nursery student comments on her experience in the greenhouse throughout the classes: "Every day we learn new things, I like the greenhouse because I learn to sow a seed and see the fruits".


Anderson 5 years old, student of nursery school, "I like agriculture, because when I grow up I want to be an expert and plant many trees and plants to eat." In Amún Shéa we build knowledge from childhood, aware of the need to educate in values that promote the care of natural resources.


We thank you for your contribution and we hope to continue opening opportunities for boys and girls, men and women, with your support to education in the northern area of the department of Morazán, El Salvador.

The children recognize the planting process.
The children recognize the planting process.
Sunflowers plantation.
Sunflowers plantation.
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Children planting chives on bamboo
Children planting chives on bamboo

Human activities on the capacity of the land represent a huge challenge for agriculture and the growing demand for food could cause dietary changes, therefore it becomes essential to increase food production and promote economic development for communities that develop agricultural activities.

In Amún Shéa we promote agricultural development that allows at the same time the economic development in diverse areas through the hydroponic production, the students of Baccalaureate Technician in Agribusiness, develop skills that strengthen the productive capacities, at the same time the sustainability and guarantee of this way the food security of the students of the institution.

 The process in which children are from nursery to high school form a valuable tool, the accompaniment of parents allows them to raise awareness about the importance of developing labor and economic skills in terms of agriculture. The students are part of an ecological awareness process that protects natural spaces, converting them into a fundamental value for life

 Hydroponics forms an ecological conscience based on the minimum use of resources, showing itself as a solution to sustainability. In addition to its innovative aspect, it is consolidated as a very broad opportunity for the future of agriculture and we are interested so that children, in addition to applying their knowledge in the sowing in the greenhouses transfer knowledge in their homes, motivating parents to make small family gardens.

 In Amún Shéa we encourage parents to promote a healthy diet based on home gardens, with the support and knowledge of their children through what they have learned in the educational process. Children are able to create awareness in those around them, demonstrating that life skills must be taught in educational centers, forming autonomous human beings.

 Haidée is eight years old, a first-grade student "I really like going to the greenhouse, because I learn to plant and also teach us the importance of recycling and we learn to build pots to plant strawberries and roses."

 Julio is 8 years old, first grade student "In the greenhouse I learn many things, they teach me how to plant and how to water the plants, I also learn to feed myself healthy with what we grow, we sow chives and I could take it to my house".

 Yohan is seven years old, a nursery school student "In the greenhouse we grow lettuce, chives, strawberries and sunflowers. I love going to the greenhouse because even though I'm small, they let me plant seeds that later become plants."

 Karla is nine years old, a second grade student "I learn the importance of fertilizing plants and how to fight pests with materials that we have in the house, such as oil and bags, so our plants grow healthy and strong."

 Educating children from an early age is for Amún Shéa the main key for agricultural development in Morazán, turning them into agents of change, with knowledge to support the peasant sector of the area and opening spaces for economic strengthening, education in natural sciences beyond of the class solons, with the effective orientation so that the boys and the girls increase their theoretical and practical knowledge.

Thank you for your support to the education of Salvadoran children and youth, we will continue to strengthen the educational quality with your support.

Construction of pots with recycled bottles.
Construction of pots with recycled bottles.
Children transplanted lettuces in the greenhouse.
Children transplanted lettuces in the greenhouse.
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Navidad working tomatos
Navidad working tomatos

The bumper crop we spoke of in our last report is showing it fruits. 60 crates of tomatos were the result of our Ag-Business student project in greenhouse #2. 6 crates were delivered to the school cafeteria for student lunches and the remaining 54 were sold locally. The initial goal was to produce 50 crates of tomatos, which was exceeded by 20%. Even so, the sales and distribution plan worked out perfectly, with no loss of produce for lack of market placement. Cash income produced by the project came in just under one thousand dollars.

Rodrigo is 16 years old and a first-year Ag-Business student. Rodrigo says, "The truth is that I learn much more through practice than studying theory in the classroom. We learned how to cultivate tomatos, to detect when the plants need nutrition, when they need pruning and how to control disease."

For Navidad, 15 years old, "What I really liked was learning about crop management. It is a beautiful experience to watch the plants giving fruit and to know that I had an important role in making this happen."

Karina, 17 years old, adds "This has been a very gratifying experiencia for me. What I found most interesting is learning how a plant gets sick through disease or insects, something I would have not learned without this experience."

Mario, 16 years old, "For me, this was a very nice and fun experience. Through this project we learned the process of how to cultivate tomatos."

The success reached with this project is very gratifying, not just with the amount of tomatos produced, but with the experience formed within each individual of the group of students. As they continue with their studies and practice, our goal is to assist them in developing their potencial and unique focus for life.

It must be noted, as well, this crop came off during drought conditions. Eastern El Salvador is suffering badly from the effects of climate change this year. The spring corn planting was a complete failure throughout the region. Learning how to manage food production in controlled greenhouse conditions will have a positive longterm effect in our communities.

Thank you for your support to this project. Please spread the word to other who may be interested in this approach to education. 

Mario, Rodrigo, Navidad and Karina: first fruits
Mario, Rodrigo, Navidad and Karina: first fruits
Mario picking ripe tomatos
Mario picking ripe tomatos
Ag-Business  w/ instructor Martin: on new project
Ag-Business w/ instructor Martin: on new project

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Bumper crop of tomatos on the way!
Bumper crop of tomatos on the way!

The Aquaponics project at the Amún Shéa Center for Integrated Development, in Perquín, Morazán is turning out bumper crops! By bumper crops we mean both in the traditional sense of vegetable production, as well as in the preparation of students with the knowledge and ability to manage greenhouse production of vegetables.

Tomatoes are looking very good in Greenhouse #2, where our Ag-Business students are employing a uni-crop method, meaning tomatos and nothing else. This requires a good marketing and distribution plan as well, given that soon we will be flooded with tomatoes.

The younger students continue to learn in Greenhouse #1, which hosts a wide variety of vegetables and kitchen herbs. Each groups of students is responsible for a work area and the plant species in that area. In this way, they follow through the entire life cycle of the plant, right up to preparing and eating it.

We appreciate your support for this very important bumper crop on the way and will continue to keep you informed as the tomatoes ripen and the students blossom. Thank you!

Bumper crop of students with ag abilities
Bumper crop of students with ag abilities
Students transplanting
Students transplanting
Our goal with aguaponics- real life abilities
Our goal with aguaponics- real life abilities

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