Students plant lettuce and distribute it to the community of Curitiba

Since 2019, Boqueirão Adventist College (CAB), in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, developed an urban garden project with students. This year they planted and harvested 400 {heads of lettuce?}. The whole process was the result of geography and religious education classes.

The pupils participated actively in the stages and saw in practice what they learned in class. “When you turn theory into practice, they get interested and buy the idea,” says Luiz Halama, professor of geography.

Pupils display harvest results at school [Photo Courtesy of the South American Division]

As the geographic content of the third and fourth trimesters of the first year concerned agriculture, the project demonstrated that the concepts of the discipline and other topics were experienced beyond theory. “We were able to examine important content, such as soil conditions for agrarian production, climatic issues, seasons and how they interfere with food production in southern Brazil,” Halama explains.

The vegetable garden created by the school’s high school students began its activities in September. In November, they had the opportunity to harvest and distribute vegetables in retirement homes. “There was an effort from each of us; all this in favor of one goal: to have this beautiful vegetable garden, ”says student Afonso Simião.

From the classroom to the practical application

The vegetable garden also provided applications in religious education classes. “We work mainly on parables, but we have learned several lessons about the spiritual issue and how Jesus used nature to teach spiritual truths in the context in which he lived,” says Pastor Renato Telles, chaplain of the college.

The project left school and was reflected in society. “They put geography into practice, and another important point is social. They have been working here since the start of the process and now share it with the company, ”explains Pierre Belo, Deputy Director of the CAB.

In teaching, students showed joy and satisfaction in doing good to others with something that was the result of their own efforts. “We watered and worked every day, and today we went to distribute in homes,” adds student Lorenzo Lopes.

This article was originally published on the Portuguese South American Division news site


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