The Organic Classroom Program in South Africa

by Schools Environmental Education and Development (SEED)


SEEDs Organic Classroom Program partners w/ under-resourced schools for three years. The exit strategy ensures a sustainable Permaculture system for food security and a living laboratory for teaching.
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25% of learners come to school too hungry to learn. Township schools resemble deserts. Learners are affected by the pressures of unemployment (drug abuse, gangs). There is little inspiring input around them. There is the need to create a healthy learning environment, to supplement diets with nutritious food and to educate and provide food security skills. There is a need for social gardening, where learners gain esteem and hope through the metaphor of transformation in gardening.


SEED transforms learning through Permaculture. Teachers are supported to link all on-ground work to teaching practice. SEED builds outdoor classrooms and relevant productiver Permaculture systems as delivery of Outcomes Based Education.

Long-Term Impact

This project has the potential to change whole communities as it works with clusters of schools and thus the effects are multiplied. This project gets communities working positively together to provide for their needs (food, community, education).

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


SEED website
Journey the Cape Flats
The Permaculture Research Institute

Organization Information

Schools Environmental Education and Development (SEED)

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
Schools Environmental Education and Development (SEED)
Project Leader:
Leigh Brown Brown
Co-founder & director
Stanford, South Africa

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