IKE GARSON gave a talk at this week’s meeting of Henley Rotary Club called called Lunch4Learning, the name of a
IKE GARSON gave a talk at this week’s meeting of Henley Rotary Club called called Lunch4Learning, the name of a charity set up to help support underfunded schools in Africa.
Mr Garson, who has 39 years’ experience as a teacher, headmaster and education advisor, recalled visiting schools in Jinja, Uganda, and finding that the children were so poor that they often hadn’t eaten or drunk anything before school. They were just slumped over their desks unable to learn.
A strategy of self-help was started to assist eight schools thanks to funding from the Rotary global grant scheme. Land was rented and seeds, tools and instruction were given to the locals to cultivate their own food, with any excess being sold at markets.
Forty per cent of the profit is retained by the schools to provide improvements and they can earn the remaining 60 per cent if they increase the yield at the following harvest.
In Jinjathe profits have paid for rainwater collection and storage and the schools are better equipped.
Schemes such as these enable ongoing sustainability and the dignity of self-help. In just a few years, 87 schools have been helped and 72,000 children now have far better nutrition.
Sixty-six schools in Oxfordshire have been paired with schools in Uganda.