Laventille/Morvant schools improving community aesthetics

Students from twenty five (25) schools within the Laventille/Morvant community demonstrated their care for the environment this week by engaging in an exercise to plant fruit trees on their schools’ compound. This initiative of the Laventille/Morvant School Improvement Project (LMSIP) was executed in collaboration with the Faculty of Food Production, University of the West Indies.

According to Ms. Thora Best, Project Lead of the LMSIP, the objective of the project is to have students plant the trees, then record the development and fruit bearing process. Teachers will then use the data as a teaching point across the Curriculum.

Ms. Best said, “The partnership between the Faculty of Food Production, UWI and the Laventille/Morvant School Improvement Project is ideal as both seek to promote change. The Faculty of Food Production is encouraging children to see the value of eating fruits, especially those indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago, while the Laventille/Morvant School Improvement Project encourages students to ‘Be The Change’ and to positively influence their peers. We expect this collaboration will promote healthier eating habits which will redound to healthier bodies and minds.”

The 50 fruit trees were donated by the La Reunion Plant Propagation Station. Among the plants donated were five varieties of Mango, Chinese tamarind, West Indian Cherry, Soursop, Five Fingers and Pomegranate. The tree planting project coincided with World Environment Day, which was observed earlier this month on June 5, 2018.

The LMSIP, is a project of the Ministry of Education aimed at enhancing students’ academic performance through effective school-based management that targets the promotion of discipline, literacy and numeracy through teacher training and development, parenting in education and infrastructural and aesthetic improvements.

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