Permaculture is a global phenomenon. Responding to climate change is also gong to take the work of everyone on the planet to turn around the challenges we face going forward. Simple but effective ways to express our solidarity and to support other leaders around the world are needed to accelerate these much-needed changes. This is one of the many reasons why we are working in Uganda to develop links between Wales and Africa and to share learning and support in new and effective ways. The teacher in the video below is working to support vulnerable girls from extremely poor back grounds to attend high school in their home district of Busoga in Uganda. Last years she attended a permaculture design course with Sector39 and this year we are returning to help develop a forest garden to support the girls and the wider objectives of the school. Small but practical steps to affect change in a way that also supports change around the world. We need you help to make this happen, any donation, not matter how small will help towards this end.
Here is one of the project beneficiaries talking about using permaculture to very low income support students at the high school
Connie is the English Literature teacher at Busoga high and last year Grace from Sector39 caught her for a few minutes during the S39 PDC at nearby Kamuli, to talk about the girls she supports at the school. They are developing a school garden within the campus to generate small incomes to provide for essentials for the girls. I love the idea of a school empowering its pupils to generate money towards fees, books and accommodation and we hope to celebrate and promote this kind of partnership through our teaching work.
When Raymond Orenda from Homa Bay permaculture Kenya contacted us about contributing to the next Kamuli PDC in May 2017 and offered a forest garden workshop, it wasn’t hard for us to put 2 and 2 together. Can we develop an output from the PDC that is an input into Connie’s essential work at Busoga.
Raymond celebrates the next stage completion of their project base in Homa Bay
Obviously on a busy PDC schedule time and resources can be limited but we can certainly set something in motion here that could be start of a longer term project for Busoga high and that could serve as an inspiration to school around the globe.
The idea of a school releasing some grounds so students can begin small enterprises that meet both their own and the wider communities needs, creates a powerful change in the relationship between school and the pupils.
Sector39 have been at the forefront of permaculture in the UK since its inception in 2005 and bases its teaching work on the 25 years of project and educational experience.
English teacher Connie from Busoga High with Han Rees from Llanfyllin In Kamuli last year
We are based in Mid Wales but have strong links across the UK and with permaculture in Uganda, where we have been invited to take an active role in the development of the Permaculture Research Institute of Uganda. Our second African PDC is intended to build on the achievements of partnership visits in 2011, 2014 and 2016, where significant contacts and networks have already been established.
African PDC’s. These are open to both local and international participants and especially suit farmers, teachers and project planners from East Africa and NGO staff and trainers planning to work in the region
Next PDC courses: Wales and Uganda May & June 2017
We hope sector39 can bring the right people together in May/ June to advance this project and to develop it as a powerful example of collaboration between projects.
Much is planned for the coming year, kicking off with a 6 weekend PDC at RISC Reading. Sector39, our teaching partnership began from work done in 2002-5 in Reading at RISC, on the roof garden and in Wales at Chickenshack housing co-op from 1995. These two project gave us experience and insight enough to begin teaching our selves. So it is perfect to be back in Reading at the end of this month to offer a full PDC at RISC and in the garden
Permaculture course advert RISC 2017
Sector39 are also planning to offer full residential camping course in Mid Wales in the village of Llanrhaeadr, home to Dragons Co-operative.
Permaculture design courses for 2017 from Sector39
We believe that permaculture is essential for sustainable development.
Our aims are to create a central permaculture resource center as well
as build a strong permaculture network across the country by gathering
as much training materials and information on permaculture and organic
farming as possible. We would then aim to bring the information to the
rural communities in the upcountry regions and create a permaculture
revolution in our country.
We believe that by developing a permaculture movement here, we will help the government’s aims to make the Gambia a 100% organic and food self-sufficient country.
The challenge is that although we are a nation of farmers, as yet we don’t have any permaculture experts in the country. We were wondering
whether you could help!
We need help with finding some excellent permaculture experts who
might be interested in either becoming skype mentors or coming to the
Gambia to work with us. We can also feed people who come to
work with us.
In addition we’d be very grateful for any help in building a
permaculture resource center by finding all the training videos
and education materials.
Please let me know whether this is something you could help with.
Great to hear from you. Some really useful ideas there, yes building up and sharing permaculture teaching resources and offering mentoring are great ideas and essential to help spread permaculture.
I really agree with you that the potential for permacultre in Africa is huge, I sincerely hope we can find useful ways to support each others work, going forward.
Thanks for writing and please keep in touch,
Sector39 are currently working to support a Kenya permaculture tutor to complete his diploma and qualify fully as a permaculture teacher. He aims ot lead his community in Kenya towards fod security and we hope to share his learning and experiences across the network.
If anyone can help this campaign we would be really grateful.