Since we reported last, we finalised our second year of weekly garden trainings. This would not have been possible without the generous donations of our GlobalGiving donors and we are very grateful for the support. In collaboration with our local partner Radiant Design, we organised 46 trainings this past school year for all 143 students covering a variety of topics including cultivating organic crops, composting, making plant cuttings, mulching, making organic fertiliser and much more.
During the final training of the school year, we gathered the students in the recreational garden to discuss everything they had learned as part of their programme during this past year. We also walked around the plant nursery to recapitulate what they have learned about different plants endemic to the region and their traditional uses. Common sage (Salvia officinalis L.) for example is cultivated for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It is known to have antiseptic qualities good for sore throats and bad digestion. The girls also talked about lavender, rosemary and basil – which is locally known as “Zaatar” and is used as a traditional medicine to reduce inflammation.
From our last report you might remember that 30 Dar Taliba students participated in the #MedStoryPrize, a short story competition aimed at celebrating Mediterranean culture and biodiversity. The winners were announced last month, and we are thrilled to let you know that two Dar Taliba students won 2nd place with their stories “The farmer and nature” and “The struggle of a student”. Both girls received a prize for their story during a small celebration ceremony on the final day of the school year. “We are all super happy and proud that Oumaima and Salma won 2nd place in this creative writing competition”, Dar Taliba director says.
After our little ceremony, we distributed vegetables from the final harvest of the season, including green beans, zucchini, kale and tomatoes. The girls also brought home a selection of medicinal and aromatic plants such as rosemary, mint and lavender which they will plant in their communities.
As you’ll see in the picture below, the Dar Taliba gardeners are taking good care of the gardens until the girls come back from school vacation. They have recently constructed a low fence to protect the garden and have been busy maintaining the garden and removing weeds. With their help, we also installed a second green house which will be used next school year during trainings on planting seeds and cultivating medicinal and aromatic plants.
We look forward to kicking of a new school year in September and welcoming new students to the programme! Until then, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or visit our website for more updates.
Dar Taliba garden with new greenhouse and fence
Celebration of the #MedStoryPrize winners
See you next school year !