Why plant fruit trees on school grounds in Tanzania?
School grounds in rural areas are public lands, thereby we avoid any complex land tenure issues.
Rural school grounds are the heart of a child's community and and it provides the perfect setting in which to engage other community members.
Gardening concepts taught to the children are eventually learned by the whole community. They will all become better gardeners as they transition from a traditional hunter gather skill base.
Children will be taught to plan for the future.
The children dig the holes, and water the trees; teachers learn silviculture from Tancan instructors, and teach children how to care for the orchard. The entire village takes ownership of the fruit trees, so in time, it will become a community garden. They plan to plant beans in the orchards this year, to enrich the soil.
Within five years the mature orchards and associated gardens become a productive crop of benefit to the entire school community. Children can market their crops and earn money for continuing their education which, at present, is only funded to Grade Five.