FAO and Japan set up college gardens within the Syrian Arab Republic to boost youngsters’s vitamin and enhance their studying atmosphere – Syrian Arab Republic


In the Syrian Arab Republic, students in rural areas learn various aspects of the Agriculture and nourishment as part of the state curriculum. However, public schools often lack resources such as farming tools and irrigation systems to provide an engaging educational experience for children. Contribution to the enrichment of the national agricultural curriculum in the Syrian Arab Republic through practical activities and with the support of Government of japan, the FAO has established school gardens in three schools in Hama and two schools in the rural provinces of Damascus. The FAO provided agricultural tools, supplies, vegetable seedlings, solar irrigation systems, and drip irrigation equipment to each target school. In addition, the FAO trained 85 teachers in school garden management to improve their knowledge and skills.

“The FAO school garden intervention combines the theoretical curriculum with practical activities. The overall goal is to build resilience in children and their communities and enable them to grow food based on scientific farming practices that will protect natural resources from degradation in the future. “said Jihad Meqdad, National Agronomist, FAO Mission in the Syrian Arab Republic.

That participatory Approach to learning that has been applied by School garden Activities gave students the opportunity to work in groups and share what they had learned in their classrooms.

“We welcomed students from urban areas who were curious about agriculture. They shared planting practices with our students and gave them useful tips,” said Youssef Ahmed, principal of Mesyaf Elementary School in Hama

At Al Shieha Elementary School in Hama, six out of 20 students with special needs took part in all activities. They insisted on working with their friends to experience the cultivation of tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and cucumbers.

“It’s a wonderful activity. It taught me how to benefit from the garden as I will eat what I planted. We watered the plants ourselves! We planted cucumbers, tomatoes and eggplants. I have never learned or done anything related to planting. But I’m very excited to hear about it today, ”said Ghazi Al Weli, a 12 year old child with special needs in Al Shieha Elementary School.

Thanks to the support of the Japanese government and the FAO, Ghazi and more than 250 schoolchildren (6–12 years old) in Hama and rural Damascus learned about growing vegetables, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and healthy eating in the backyard of their schools. This allows them to produce up to 1.5 tons of fresh vegetables each season to help ensure the food security of their communities while enjoying an engaging educational experience.