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Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:59
BIOTROP, MoEYS and RUPP Train Cambodian School Teachers on School Garden - 126 time(s) visited
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Thirty Cambodian school teachers completed a training course on school garden for improving students’ literacy, nutrition, and entrepreneurship on 10-13 October 2019 at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This activity was held by SEAMEO BIOTROP in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport of Cambodia (MoEYS) and RUPP.

In general, the training course was designed for the school teachers to acquire basic knowledge and skills on school garden application regarding literacy, nutrition, and entrepreneurship to benefit their students, families and communities. This activity also introduced concepts and principles of online learning to support learning activities in relation with school gardening activities.

The training course was opened by H.E. Sok Sabayna, Under-Secretary of State of MoEYS. In his opening remarks, he said that the MoEYS supported the school garden program to improve the capacity of Cambodian teachers and this training activity was also one of their programs.

BIOTROP’s Director Dr Irdika Mansur also welcomed participants during the opening ceremony. In his remarks, he said that the in-country training activity is the Centre’s annual program that has been started in 2016. Previously, the Centre have already conducted three training courses on school garden and trained a total of 122 school teachers in Indonesia. The training course held in Cambodia was the fourth school garden training activity and also the first one that was conducted outside of Indonesia.

Also attending the opening ceremony were Rector of RUPP, H.E. Chat Chealy; BIOTROP’s Governing Board members; BIOTROP’s Deputy Director for Program, Dr Aslan; BIOTROP’s Deputy Director for Administration, Dr Zulhamsyah Imran; and representatives from SEAMEO Secretariat.

The training course presented five experts, namely Dr Long Solida and Dr Ith Saveng from RUPP, Mr Voun Vannarath from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Cambodia, Mr Khean Puthy from Preah Novadom Sihamoni General Knowledge and Technical High School, and Ms An Mouy Ngech from Kampong Prasat Village.

During the 4-day training activity, the participants received lectures and practical exercises from the aforementioned experts on the following topics: 1) National Policy of Agriculture Development in Cambodia, 2) The Importance of Nutrition in Development of Education and Learning Activity for Student, 3) Measuring Nutritional Status of Student, 4) Integration of School Garden Activity into School Learning Activities, 5) Hydroponic Production of Leafy and Fruit Vegetables, 6) Aquaponics, 7) Food Mushroom Production, 8) Facilitating School Gardening Learning through Online Material Development and Teaching, 9) Developing Schools and Students Entrepreneurship through School Gardening Activities, and 10) School Garden as Project-Based Learning. A field trip to private company was also provided to gain insight on household scale composting of solid organic wastes, verticulture, and soil-based gardening in limited spaces. As a training requirement, the participants also produced action plans to be implemented in their respective schools.

The training course was coordinated by BIOTROP’s Capacity Building Department Manager, Ms Dewi Suryani, MM. In her closing remarks, she encouraged the participants to establish linkages between and among them and resource persons to obtain more sustainable relationship in developing school garden in their schools.