A New Way of Learning: Carlos’s Story
Schools across Brazil are growing greener as more and more communities take part in INMED’s Health in Action program. This program educates students like Carlos and his community on the importance of nutrition and healthy lifestyles by teaching them the benefits of gardening.
“I like a lot of these activities,” Carlos said. “Before I didn’t come to school so often, but after I started to attend these activities, I almost never miss class. Now I learn differently.”
Along with improving his eating habits, the garden has given Carlos a renewed enthusiasm for learning. In addition to Carlos, INMED’s program was an immediate success among many other students, as the principal of one of the participating schools observed.
“The action of the vegetable garden is interesting for the students,” he said, “because in their homes there is always a little bit of space, a little bit of ground where they can plant.”
“I like a lot of these activities. Before I didn’t come to school so often, but after I started to attend these activities, I almost never miss class. Now I learn differently.”
A cafeteria worker noticed how the children did not value vegetables before. But since the garden, along with encouragement from their teachers, reality has changed.
“The garden brought improvement to the school, for sure,” she said. “We constantly have vegetables to prepare meals; whatever I need I just harvest from the garden. Sometimes when the students do not see salad on the plate, they ask me: ‘Where is the salad?’ ‘Where’s the green?’”
The students take the lessons they learn from this program and incorporate them into their lives at home by introducing their families to this healthy lifestyle.
After observing the impact of the program, a school social worker explained how the garden complements healthy eating activities and promotes a better quality of life.
“We want the students to take home the possibility of building a garden as another option for savings,” he said. “Our kids eat a lot of vegetables; those foods do not have leftovers. I am so grateful for this community action and support from INMED in our garden.”
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