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Cluster Workshop on Promotional Programme and Curriculum of Vegetable Go To School at Darla Middle Secondary School, Chhukha & Damphu Higher Secondary School, Tsirang

A Cluster Workshop/Training for the Vegetables Go To School project was conducted on 23-31 May 2015 for teachers from Chhukha, Samtse, Paro, Haa, Wangdue, Tsirang, Punakha, Dagana, Sarpang and Trongsa Dzongkhag at Darla Middle Secondary School in Chhukha, and Damphu Higher Secondary School, Tsirang, Bhutan. The multidisciplinary project is a joint collaboration of three Ministries: Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), led by the Council for RNR Research of Bhutan (CoRRB) and Department of Agriculture (DoA); Ministry of Education (MoE); and the Royal Institute of Health Sciences (RIHS).

The workshop stressed the importance of agriculture education for food and nutrition security through school agriculture activities. Sessions covered school garden and WASH (water-sanitation-health) activities carried out by intervention and control schools, and introduced participants to the Collaborative Research Environment (CRE), where participating schools enter data about their school garden programs. Participants reviewed the Vegetables Go to School curriculum and learning objectives, and discussed nutrition interventions such as moringa and green gram sprouts. Methods to promote school gardens to students, parents, and communities were shared.

Article and photos: Thinley Dukpa, Asst. Project Manager, Vegetables Go To School, Bhutan

Here’s what participant Chakra Pradhan said about the training: “I have just attended our cluster workshop on VeGoTs activities at one of the school. The concept provided to us were worth relevant. Among them were Green Gram Sprout and Moringa powder. Wow. They are worth practising. I really appreciated your ideas. I am happy. Even Promotional Programme are good. I have already started Green Gram Sprout for 30 selected students. Thank you for your valuable contribution.”


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