70 Teachers Attend the Workshop "The Garden in the School Curriculum " at Escuela Hogar del Niño in La Romana

La Romana, August 9, 2016

Ecohuertos moved last August 5 to the Escuela Hogar del Niño de la Romana to teach the course-workshop “The Garden in the School Curriculum” which is part of the series of workshops scheduled during the start of the new school year, addressed to teachers of academic institutions, introducing the vegetable garden as a field of cognitive development, attitudes and values within the curriculum.

As explained by the EcoHuertos program coordinator, the Escuela Hogar del Niño "showed once again to be integrated by a professorial population of human quality, cheerful, dynamic and optimistic people." More than 70 teachers participated animatedly on this journey of learning-teaching-sharing that took place throughout the morning and early afternoon.

To begin, there was a discussion on the concept of the garden construction: definition, benefits, purposes, types, vegetables, planting, care and maintenance of the garden. Then we proceeded to planning activities, dynamics and projects for the students, where the school garden can be the field of management of cognitive development, attitudes and values. To conclude for the day, activities proposed by teachers were defined, under Fundamental and Specific skills in the Dominican Curricular Design.

At the end of the activity, teachers expressed how grateful and motivated they were to have received this training, since within the center's projects for the 2016-2017 school year is expanding the garden and including the initial level in the activity.

The coordinator of early childhood education Aura Rodriguez said: "I am very motivated and grateful for this training and as a coordinator I have seen the prosperity of the garden we have in school thanks to the awareness campaign and assessment, and follow-up support and training that GFDD and Funglode offers. "

About EcoHuertos The program seeks to support the creation of organic and sustainable vegetable gardens in schools and communities throughout the Dominican Republic, as well as support, through hands-on workshops, the areas of natural sciences contained in the educational curriculum. The program also generates awareness of the importance of a balanced diet, achieving a greater appreciation for and receptiveness toward the consumption of vegetables.

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Since its inception the program has created a total of 26 vegetable gardens across the country in the provinces of Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Cristobal, Baní, Monte Plata, and Azua.

9 Private Schools
Babeque Secondary School
Loyola School
Centro Educativo Los Prados
Rene Descartes School
Calasanz School
Saint George
New Horizons
Escuela Hogar del Niño
Centro Educativo Quisqueya

10 Public Schools:
Fray Ramón Pane School
El Llano Elementary School
Canadá School
Las Barreras Elementary School
Capotillo Education Center
Ave María Polytechnic School
Republic of Paraguay School
Youth in Development School
Quisqueya Education Center
Braulio Paulino Polytechnic School
Unión Panamericana Secondary School
Escuela Básica Concepción Bona

6 Community Centers:
Club Banreservas
Women’s Association of La Nueva Esperanza
Children International’s Community Center in Bayaguana
Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation
Batey 50 (El Seibo)

5 Family gardens:
Figuereo and Yumary Castillo Family
Bernardina Agramonte Family
Matos Vargas Family
Stalin Feliz Beltré Family
Ramón Rodríguez Bueno


Banco de Reservas
Children International
Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
Centro Cultural Perelló
Red Nacional de Apoyo Empresarial a la Protección Ambiental