The Fumisukoma Primary School Project

Fumisukoma Primary School, located in the area of Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, was the first school project undertaking by triple-P. An undertaking of which the cornerstone was the concept of creating an environment legacy within schools, one with practical implications, measurable results and one that could be replicated sustainably. Upon visiting the Fumisukoma School in late 2018, we discovered that the school had begun a one square meter food garden. The garden had become somewhat of a dumpsite with a few planted vegetables, however school staff had little to no skills nor time to improve the garden or teach learners how to do so. 

Despite the challenges there was a strong initiative to move forward with the food. The food garden meant the school could supplement the existing food nutrition scheme with fresh produce and furthermore, a food garden is a key element in obtaining a Green School Status.

Working alongside the school, a plan was implemented encompassing three focus areas, the first being the food garden itself – providing learners with key food gardening skills. Secondly, addressing water wastage and conservation in the school by developing a water audit plan that was implemented by the learners from the school’s environmental club. The learners conducted a water audit and discovered areas of the school, such as the kitchen, were a significant amount of water was wasted. This was addressed by using water used to prepare food to water the food garden.

Environmental awards for the school's excellence in environmental initiatives:

  • 2017 Enviro Award of Easter Cape - 2nd Prize Winner
  • 2019 Inmed Health in Action Award - 1st Prize Winner
  • 2019 PicknPay Heroes Award - 1st Prize Winner

The third focus area is waste management in the school, particularly addressing a litter problem. The eco-bricks project was initiated and became part of the grade 4-7 Life Skills curriculum. The learners and parents had no seating during pick up and drop off times, and so the eco-bricks were used to make benches. The outcome has been an awareness instilled in recognizing litter as a value, and has led learners to independently find new uses for litter, such as the use of plastic bottles for vertical herb gardens. Using repurposed pallets and tyres as planters in the garden.

Fumisukoma plans to provide their produce to their local supermarkets and with further funding we hope to expand to a node of 10 schools in the Motherwell area with Fumiskoma at the centre of what can be achieved.

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