Recently we have been doing up our garden. Reviving our plants and growing some new ones. The children have been getting involved digging the earth and planting the seeds. They have been very diligent with watering them each day (it is very hot here at the moment). They have enjoyed getting involved, especially our younger members who thought a chance to get really dirty was a great idea! We are growing pumpkins, so hope we should have a crop in a month or two.
We are also (after our Khmer New Year holiday) hoping to start some individual planting, giving each of the children their own “pot” (the plastic cups which are always littering our playground) and seed which they have to be responsible for. Watering it and seeing if they can get it to grow. This will go hand in hand with a basic lesson on how plants grow and why they are so important. To go with this we will be conducting a group experiment, keeping natural waste, plastics etc…in separate sealed bottles so the children can begin to learn about decomposition Littering is a huge problem in Cambodia with no real rubbish collection and environmental issues rarely being touched upon in schools. We hope this visual experiment will have a positive impact on our childrens attitude and understanding of rubbish.