There’s lots to catch up on.. Week six was busy and exciting, back to the school and a few different meetings.
I returned to the school Monday and worked on the garden with the kids. Since we (the children) had cleared the land the previous week and some parents donated banana trees, we planted them in the afternoon. Other parents had donated banana tress (we have a total of 7 now!), so the kids whose parents donated dug holes to receive the trees. I went to the school on Tuesday, as well, and the kids seem to understand the process of the trees and planting them. If their parent donated a tree, that student must dig the hole and do the work in order for the tree to be planted. I’m working on lesson plans with the kids regarding seed saving and composting, but that’s to come.
Wednesday, I had a conference about Sustainable Schools, which was very informative and very helpful. The past two weeks, I had a lot of meetings with my advisor and another woman in the office regarding a plan of action, and this conference helped solidify a lot of the concepts we’ve talked about in those meetings. One of the main themes of the conference was fostering intersectoral and interinstutitional cooperation between organizations (exactly what we talked about last week in our office meetings). However, seeing presentations about this idea and hearing another organization’s view helped shine new perspectives on this for me and my project.
Later in the week, I had the opportunity to visit La Molina (a prestigious agriculture university in Peru) and speak with Professor Alfredo Delfin, who specializes in hydroponics. The university is big and beautiful, and has a lot of offer. We met with the hydroponics professor because he is a contact with someone at FAO; and the meeting was mostly to get ideas for the school garden. As it turned out, I think we (at the school) are better suited to traditional agricultural techniques and Mr. Delfin was gracious enough to give us a contact of someone who may offer advice in that area.
After another meeting at the office about intersectoral and interinstutitional cooperation, I have my work cut out for me. The kids have a mid-school year break starting next week, which is the perfect opportunity for me to finalize some lesson plans and models floating around in my head.