Promoting Agriculture in Toledo primary schools Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

On Friday November 17th, the Ministry of Education along with the Food and Agriculture Organization and AMEXCID the Mexican Agency for Cooperation and International Development cut the ribbons declaring open 4 structures 30 feet by 40 feet. The structures are located in four primary schools in the Toledo District, namely in Pueblo Viejo, Santa Elena, Santa Cruz, and San Antonio. They are part of a collaborative effort between the aforementioned organizations to promote gardens for vegetable production. The overall objective is to introduce agriculture and self-sustainability at the primary school level in the Toledo District. Under the program there will also be upgrading and or construction of new school kitchens.

A follow up project will be a 60 day feeding program for all children at each of the recipient schools.

Under the project more than 196,000 US dollars will be invested with the expectation that the program will be duplicated in other primary schools in Toledo.

Present at the Ceremony and ribbon cutting were Senator Macario Coy, FAO, AMEXCID, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Education representatives. Mexico Ambassador Representative and other officials were also in attendance.

Senator Coy told the Guardian that the contributions are part of the UDP’s government’s commitment to ensure better healthy eating at the primary school level while at the same time promoting agriculture and self-sustainability. He said that the foundation to education is at the primary school level and he hopes that the program will assist children become more in tune with the possibility of agriculture as an economic mainstay.