Escuela bosque. Un programa para la vida.
La Fortuna Education Centre staff
Planeta Rica, in Córdoba region, Colombia.
La Fortuna staff saw an opportunity to support the villagers’ efforts to improve local food production and water resource management.
The project has two main goals. The first is to enable the community to grow its own food year-round and guarantee a healthy diet to all its members. The second is to create environmental awareness, particularly of water conservation. For this purpose, Escuela bosque has organized workshops to teach students and families sustainable agricultural techniques, fertilizer production and water resource management, taking into consideration the objectives of sustainable development. Following up on the workshops and recreational activities to strengthen environmental education, participants have planted a range of local foods and cleaned up natural water sources.
To date, participants have grown 12 types of vegetables in La Fortuna gardens. Even though the workshops are mainly for children, many families have replicated their success at home, thereby producing their own food and selling the surplus to improve their household economy. The water quality has greatly improved in the local reservoir “El Pital”, which is now being used as a teaching site to raise water management awareness in the larger community.
This grassroots programme can be readily replicated in other educational institutions throughout the country and beyond. La Fortuna staff also hope to add new activities in existing programmes.
The project has two main goals. The first is to enable the community to grow its own food year-round and guarantee a healthy diet to all its members. The second is to create environmental awareness, particularly of water conservation