Kenyan Connections is a partnership between Crofting Connections and NECOFA Kenya School Gardens Initiative which works with rural schools and communities in the Eastern Rift Valley. It has very similar aims to Crofting Connections. This partnership echoes a wider global movement to raise the profile of local small-scale food production all over the world.
Four Crofting Connections schools have been awarded funding by the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms to host exchange teacher visits with four Kenyan schools, using food growing in the school gardens as a starting point for learning about local food production and for delivering Learning for Sustainability and Global Citizenship. Both projects recognise the need to retain population in remote rural areas, by helping pupils to acquire the knowledge and skills required to live and work in their own communities.
Kenyan Connections aims to establish connections between Crofting Connections schools and NECOFA Kenya schools in order to increase understanding among Scottish and Kenyan pupils, teachers and the wider community of global citizenship, sustainable development, international education and education for citizenship.
The visit by Kenyan teachers will take place from May 30th – June 10th 2015. In addition, we have received funding from the Arkleton Trust to bring two NECOFA project staff and two community leaders to join the Kenyan delegation, which will give our Scottish teachers and pupils and their local crofting communities an opportunity to explore some of the wider community issues which both Crofting Connections and NECOFA Scotland seek to address. A reciprocal visit of the Scottish teachers to Scotland is planned for autumn 2015.
The Kenyan delegation will arrive in Inverness before travelling to spend five days working in their respective partner schools in Orkney, Shetland, Argyll and West Highland. In each area, they will meet local food producers, including crofters, and teachers and pupils from other schools. They will then come together to share their learning and experiences with the wider education community in the Highlands and Islands at a conference in the Highland Council Chambers on June 8th.
For more information on the schools and partners involved see here