Mugove Walter Nyika - Permaculture Garden trainer
Opportunities for creating lasting natural abundance with school communities.
I am a community development facilitator focused on building resilience and food sovereignty in African communities. My mission is to use my life skills, land use design skills and passion for the environment to listen, encourage and share with everyone, especially the children to be empowered to look after themselves and the environment for the common good. Over the last twenty years I have played a central role in the development of the integrated land-use design (ILUD) process as a tool for whole school land design and the establishment of school food forests. I am also an Eco-village Design Education (EDE) facilitator and a member of the Global Eco-village Network (GEN) Africa Advisory Council.
I have enjoyed reconnecting with nature, culture and the past and sharing on ecologically sustainable land-use with school communities and numerous government and non-government agencies in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. I facilitated the founding of the Regional SCOPE (ReSCOPE) Programme in 2007 and the hosting of the International Permaculture Convergence in 2009 in Malawi. I am the Founding President of the Friends of International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC). The focus of my work is based on valuing the young people as the custodians of the future and helping them to participate in building resilient communities.
"Hunger and hidden hunger affect the majority of children in schools in the region. Rates of stunting are in the region of 45 to 48% and we have interviewed children in schools and found as many as 9 out of every 10 children coming to school without having had breakfast. And yet all the schools have underutilised land and a wonderful climate for growing food. In the surrounding communities the farmers have similar conditions but poor land husbandry methods have led to land degradation and low productivity. Education is theoretical and examination oriented and is centred on book knowledge from the teacher and is given in classrooms that are often uncomfortable.
"The Rescope Programme has developed tools for bringing the communities back into the schools enabling parents, teachers and learners to redesign the school grounds in participatory and creative ways to meet their needs."