Tag: Grow It Global
Hold an 'African Footy' tournament!
These sheets give step-by-step instructions to help your pupils make these ‘recycled’ footballs - just like thousands of children in African countries. It’s a great activity to link to a recycling project and can be used to discuss the uses of waste materials in the UK - it’s also a really fun thing to do with your class!
Advice for two designs of the African garden
Keyhole Gardens are a great addition to any school grounds and a really great technique used across Send a Cow projects in Africa. A Keyhole Garden is a type of kitchen garden that recycles as it grows. The design - which looks like a keyhole from above - incorporates a central ‘basket’ where compostable waste is placed and water is poured. They are especially useful in areas where good soil is scarce, often adding nutritious vegetables to diets. Send a Cow uses them as part of our training, and they get fantastic results; families start to grow enough to eat and sell.
You can buy a Starter Kit to get you going for £10, by calling us on 01225 874222. The kits contain seven seed types commonly grown in Uganda, growing and building advice, info on how the crops are used in Uganda and coloured seed markers. The two files below also help to show the Ugandan style version and the rocky Lesothan version. Also, see how we made a Ugandan style garden in the UK in the Powerpoint and then make your own using our kit and enter the competition!
Facts and background info - great for projects
These sheets give a brief overview of Uganda, with information on the geography, culture and issues in the country. They are useful if you are studying Uganda in topic work and offer comparisons with the UK, they also link well to the stories of Matia, Sanyu and Theresa. You can find all sorts of images from Uganda in our gallery. And you can make a donation to our work in Africa, including in Uganda by following this link.
Simple but tasty African dishes to try out
These recipes will spice up your learning about African countries and have been chosen as most are fairly easy to make. The first is for chapatis, and along with Mandazi, are a great alternative on pancake day. Types of food eaten across Africa varies greatly and is partly dependent on access to different ingredients. Often poor families will have to survive on a diet of beans and rice, but when money starts coming into a household and more food is grown, children’s diets become more varied, healthy. . . and tasty! Use the food images gallery to set the scene before you get cooking.
Build up an acacia tree over Lent and learn about life in Africa
A great resource for Lent, these sheets help make a fantastic Lenten Tree (like a Jesse Tree) that will create a colourful wall display. During Lent, your children will learn about life in African countries as illustrations are added to the acacia tree, and be encouraged to do something different at home or school (such as helping with the washing up at home or walking to school). At the same time, why not invite pupils to help children in families that are less fortunate? By raising £40 or more, your class can provide a ‘Farmer Starter Kit’ to an African farming family.
The file sizes are quite large, so please be patient.
Small gardens, ideal for small hands
Bag Gardens are a type of African garden that Send a Cow teaches families how to make in Africa. They are also a great way to get your pupils involved in a growing project, learning about healthy eating and life in an African country - with plenty of related resources and images to help you. These mini-gardens make the most of soil, compost and waste water, are easy to weed and can be grown in schools. Use the link below to find out more - and order a Bag Garden Starter Kit for £12, or call us on 01225 874222.
Ugandan pictures with questions and info
This photo pack has twenty sheets of images with questions and links to information on the reverse. The pictures are of farming, gardens and of food being grown, stored and processed. They are great for any Africa topic work and especially if you are looking at food, farming and climate change with your pupils. The files sizes are large as they are high quality - but they’re worth the wait!
A slideshow video introducing Ugandan crops and farming
This slide-show gives a good background introduction to small-scale Ugandan farms and how Send a Cow helps rural families. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
A short video interview of two Ugandan farmers
This video to can be used as a discussion starter with your class as they see that climate change is already affecting many of the groups that Send a Cow works with in Africa. Find out from Jane and Helen what they are doing to lessen its affects. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
Learn how a Ugandan boy is preparing for climate change
Using this fun game, case study and Powerpoint, you can help pupils to understand how climate change is already affecting families in African countries. Olinga from Uganda is an encouraging example of how using simple methods (some can be tried out in your school) and hard work can help people be more food secure for the future. At the same time, this resource will help pupils to think about their own use of energy and resources in the UK.
A slideshow video briefly introducing Uganda
This minute long slide-show gives a quick introduction to the various aspects of life and scenery in Uganda. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
A role play activity that helps children empathise
In this role play exercise, pupils become part of a poor Ugandan family. They decide as a group how they will make some more money to keep the family together and alive. This activity is a great way of helping pupils to understand what difficult decisions poor families have to make. There is also an optional element that shows how much of a difference Send a Cow’s help makes to these families.
Animated trip exploring food and climate change
Join Beeko the chicken on his skateboard trip around Uganda - meeting people along the way who tell him how food, climate change and poverty are affecting their lives. This fun animated tour gives a good background to food in the country and helps to show how people are growing food in difficult conditions with the help of Send a Cow training. Join Beeko on his trip!
Learn and fundraise in this exciting art project
‘Build an African Farmyard’ is a fundraising and learning resource that’s all about creating a fantastic wall display of an East African farm (it’s perfect for a Harvest topic, but also great all year round). We provide you with the information, ideas and illustrations of the elements on the farm to photocopy, colour in and add textiles to… and your class learn, have fun and raise money - simple!
Satellite images that show urban and rural Uganda
This PowerPoint file shows images from Google Earth of a city, town and village in Uganda. It starts with images of Bristol to allow comparisons, and is annotated to help your pupils think more about what they think an African country such as Uganda is like. This activity will help to bring balance to other work on Uganda which may focus more on rural Uganda. You can easily extend this activity by touring Uganda using Google Earth.
Why going green matters for Africa
Africa is the continent most likely to be hardest hit by climate change. These information boxes could form a display to help pupils think about the importance of being green. The facts outline some of the possible affects of climate change and should be carefully set in the context of positive steps that pupils can carry out in the UK, as well as the positive work of Send a Cow - helping families to grow food in a sustainable way.
Easy to make African tap for a school garden
A fun, practical challenge for pupils. They can get into groups and make their own version of this simple water conserving/hygiene device used in Africa. A great addition to your school garden and they work well next to Bag or Keyhole gardens. Links can easily be made to the DT curriculum (eg Moving toys). You can also enter the ‘Best Tip-Tap’ category in our African Gardens Competition by using the entry form contained in our kits. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
The positive power of fruit and veg!
An assembly about growing food in Rwanda. Great for Harvest and useful all year round, telling the story of a genocide orphan called Janvier. This assembly highlights the importance of healthy food in a visual and fun way. To get a copy of our Harvest materials and view other ideas, please use the link to the main Send a Cow website.