News release: Knowle students shape gardens for Kenya

News release issued today (Friday 17 October) on behalf of KnowleDGE School.

Four students from KnowleDGE School are learning how to make keyhole gardens as part of their preparation to further establish links with Pangani Primary School in Kenya.

The year 11 students will set off on Wednesday 22nd October for the educational and cultural exchange. Before they go Bath based charity Send a Cow will spend a day with them demonstrating the keyhole garden design for use in arid terrains.

Knowle-DGE educates 156 pupils aged 8 to 18 with a range of learning difficulties, including moderate learning difficulties, behavioural and emotional difficulties and those with speech and language needs.

Teacher Tamsin Cullum has led the students in preparation for the exchange and established the link with Send a Cow. She said:

'This is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to experience the cultural differences between the two countries, an experience that will hopefully last them a life time.”

Keyhole gardens are circular with space for a central ‘basket’ where compostable waste is placed and 'grey' water is poured. Produce grows around the compostable area in a keyhole shape.

Alex Matthews, Development Education Executive at Send a Cow said:

'Key Gardens are utilised by farmers in Africa who live on land which is infertile to grow their own vegetables to feed their family. By increasing confidence and focusing on the practical potential of sustainable and organic farming methods, Send a Cow hopes to give communities and families the hope and the means to secure their own futures from the land.”

The 2014 visit to Kenya builds on links made with Pangani school since 2007. All exchanges between students and teachers follow the theme of citizenship and enterprise.

Notes for Editors

1. Knowle-DGE is part of the Malago Learning Parnership - a collaboration between nine schools in south Bristol that strives to raise attainment and improve the life chances for all local children. The sharing includes the buying of outside services, professional development for staff, school improvement and joint events.

2. The schools in the partnership are Bedminster Down School, Cheddar Grove Primary, Greenfield E-Act Academy, Headley Park Primary, Illminster Avenue E-Act Academy, Knowle DGE special school, Parson Street Primary School, St Peter’s C of E Primary and Victoria Park Primary School. Between them they employ more than 500 staff (including support staff) and educate approximately 4,000 children and young people.

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