Newspaper clipping – The Star – 6 July 2009
Wheeling and greening!
Ithembelihle Lsen School, a primary school for disabled children, has found a novel way of creating a garden that will enable its pupils to work on it themselves.
Teachers at the school say the development of the garden has done wonders for the pupil’s physical and academic development.
The garden is also part of the children’s curriculum, where with subjects like natural sciences, the pupils can gain first-hand knowledge of plants and insects.
Rafedile said the tyre garden – established last November – is also used by uneducable children whose curriculum mainly consists of practical subjects like needlework, pottery and painting.
Thapelo Kgoale, a grade seven pupil at the school, said he loved working in the garden.
He said working on the garden during the “special classes” had taught him how to maintain the plants.
Rafedile said, with the help of staff, the pupils developed the garden’s greens from seeds to making fertilizers. As a watering system, the school pours water into plastic bottles with holes that are placed in the middle of the circular patches.
Carmen Nottingham, from Aid Army, the NGO that assisted the school to develop the garden, said this method of irrigation saved 80 percent of water. Nottingham said when they worked on such projects they held practical workshops to show how to establish and maintain the garden.