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UN Syria Joint Programme. Education for All – Phase II

UN Syria Joint Programme. Education for All – Phase II

Full title of the project:

UN Syria Joint Programme. Education for All – Phase II

Target areas:

Homs and Rural Damascus governorates.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 594 000
31/03/2018-31/03/2019
Project code:
OSRO/SYR/805/JPN
Objective:

To ensure that more children and young people have access to healthy diets, quality learning, skills building, nutrition education and community participation.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform; Ministry of Education; United Nations Children's Fund, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; United Nations Human Settlements Programme; United Nations Population Fund; United Nations Relief and Works Agency; and World Food Programme.

Beneficiaries reached:

3 966 people.

Activities implemented:
  • Designed and established multipurpose school gardens at 20 schools, with seven in Homs Governorate and 13 in Rural Damascus Governorate.
  • Provided vegetable seeds and inputs to each school garden, distributing a total of 50 kg beans, 0.16 kg lettuce, 20 kg peas, 6 kg spinach and 20 tonnes of organic manure.
  • Provided agricultural tools to each school garden, distributing a total of 40 garden hoes, 20 hoses (each 50 m in length), 20 knapsack sprayers, 20 pruners, 40 rakes, 20 shovels, 200 small trowels, 20 wheelbarrows and 20 watering cans.
  • Designed and equipped each garden with a solar-powered drip irrigation network and rooftop rainwater harvesting system, and provided training sessions at each school on management, operation and maintenance of the irrigation systems.
  • Installed greywater treatment units at four of the school gardens to supplement the water supply for irrigation and conserve water resources.
  • Rehabilitated ground water wells and equipped each with a mechanical electrical system at four of the schools that depend on ground water for irrigation.
  • Established a nursery at the Faculty of Agriculture at Damascus University to provide a continuous supply of vegetable seedlings to the school gardens, facilitating a connection between young agricultural professionals and school children.
  • Provided the nursery with inputs, including 10 aprons, 50 kg fertilizer, one 50-meter hose, one knapsack sprayer, 30 pairs nylon gloves, 5 litres organic pesticides, 8 500 litres peat moss, 5 pairs plastic boots, 500 polystyrene trays, six rakes, two shovels, 5 pairs work overalls, two watering cans and one wheelbarrow.
  • Trained 332 teachers (251 women) on nutrition-sensitive agriculture, health education, good agricultural practices and compost preparation, who then trained 3 000 school children (1 710 girls).
  • Raised the awareness of 634 family members (437 women) of the school children on nutrition-sensitive agriculture, homemade compost preparation, food production and preservation, and home gardens, who will then spread their knowledge throughout their communities.
Impact:
  • Enhanced the knowledge of teachers, school children, their families and their communities on nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
  • Strengthened the capacity of schools to continuously teach nutrition-sensitive agriculture with practical training in school gardens.
  • Established a system to sustainably maintain the newly established school gardens as platform for learning as well as a source of vegetables for students and their families.
  • Built a relationship between young agricultural professionals and school children to continuously share knowledge.
  • Enhanced school children’s nutrition and diet diversity.