African Gardens are a practical way for children to learn about Africa and growing food at the same time.
Making an ‘African Garden’ will help your pupils find out about the daily lives of children in Africa through fun, hands-on activities that are also perfect for Eco-Schools.
Use our resources and Starter Kits to help your pupils find out more about growing, the environment and healthy eating. Get started by building a Bag Garden, and then add to your school ‘African Garden’ by constructing Tip-Tap handwashers, growing sunflowers or by making a Keyhole Garden! And as these techniques are part of Send a Cow training for poor families in Africa, they help to explain how simple methods can make a big difference.
Find out more about African Gardens for schools:
- Bag Gardens – small gardens in a sack - great for small people!
- Keyhole Gardens – circular raised beds with a compost core
- Tip-taps – ingenious, recycled handwashers
- Plant tea – give your crops a real boost, African style
- Energy-saving Stoves – a fuel-wood saving mud design - NEW
- Sunflowers - add some colour (and height!) to your garden
- Recycling garden ideas - clever uses for plastic bottles - NEW
- Tyre & container gardens - put old containers to re-use
Order a Starter Kit
Our kits make life easy for you, by providing all the basics, including lots of advice and related resources for a successful project.
Buy kits using our order form, or call 01225 874 222.
Enter our Competition!
We love to see pictures of your gardens and encourage all mini-gardeners to enter into our annual competition (using the competition entry form). Send a short video (2-3 mins) or photos in with your form by July 12th and our panel of judges will decide which will win an African Gardens trophy. We also award runners up certificates too - so make sure you enter!
We have lots of supporting materials online on our teacher's website Lessons from Africa, where there are plenty of lesson ideas, children's stories and galleries of images.