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The foundation for a healthy generation is laid through edible education.

THUWAL — The Edible School Garden Project (ESGP) project aims to include plant science, wholesome eating habits, and sustainable farming methods into K–12 curricula.

The project’s objective is to provide all K–12 students in Saudi Arabia with a locally grown, cost–free, healthy lunch by having instructors and students grow their own food at school.

This is accomplished by including every stage of a sustainably farmed meal, from planting and harvesting to cooking and composting.

Professor Rod A. Wing, the CDA’s director, gave a history of the project. “KAUST is committed to equipping and motivating the young minds of Saudi Arabia with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to face what is perhaps the most pressing challenge of this century,” the university said.: How can we sustainably feed our fast expanding population?” he said.

“We think that edible education helps children to acquire a deep and critical awareness of food production, healthy lifestyles, and the environment and encourages them to apply this knowledge to construct sustainable food systems in their communities,” the speaker concluded.

To create the first edible school gardens in Saudi Arabia, TKS students partnered with plant scientists and gardening specialists, while TKS educators and CDA staff developed the related curriculum.

The two pilot gardens, which are situated on the TKS campuses for kindergarten and grades 1 through 12, are an essential component of the curriculum for the 2022–2023 academic year. Students will conduct practical plant science experiments in the TKS labs with the assistance of university researchers.

The two pilot gardens, which are situated on the TKS campuses for kindergarten and grades 1 through 12, are an essential component of the curriculum for the 2022–2023 academic year. Students will conduct practical plant science experiments in the TKS labs with the assistance of university researchers.

Dr. Michelle Remington, director of TKS, talked eloquently about the initiative. She said, “The Edible School Garden Project embodies The KAUST School’s ambition to be a boldly adventurous pioneer in K-12 education and to positively affect mankind.

The initiative improves scientific instruction while highlighting the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our curriculum. The edible school gardens serve as outdoor classrooms where our children may learn about and put many of these SDGs into reality.

The creation of a TKS greenhouse is the focus of the pilot project’s following phase. The Edible School Garden Project is now being expanded to new schools around the Kingdom by the CDA and its partners. — SG

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