On 24th July, Adopt-a-School was joined by executives from DRA, Mondi Group, Shanduka Black Umbrellas and Shanduka Foundation to plant a vegetable garden at Tshilidzi Primary School in support of Back to School for a Day for Mandela Day. Together with environmental NGO, Green Beings, we installed a 12m x 5m titanium shade net tunnel. We conditioned the soil with compost and mulch and planted seasonal vegetable seedlings. We also planted five indigenous trees around the school grounds and donated hose pipes, spades, rakes, a pick and a hammer.
Green Beings will work with the school over the next year to ensure the garden is maintained and cared for. They will run a teacher capacity development workshop which is linked to the curriculum and works with teachers on how to use gardens as outdoor classrooms. They will also conduct four training sessions for the garden staff on the management of the vegetable garden.
Back to School for a Day is an Adopt-a-School corporate volunteer initiative that encourages companies to go back to school and make a difference through donating their time, knowledge, skills and resources.