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More than 70 central basic schools have now implemented the new Green School Program, which is aimed to introduce children to agriculture and the value of a range of nutritional food.

More than 70 central basic schools have now implemented the new Green School Program, which is aimed to introduce children to agriculture and the value of a range of nutritional food.

The National Director for School Social Action, Belchior Maria Almeida said from over 200 central basic schools in the entire territory, over 70 schools have implemented the Green School Program.
He said these schools are in Dili, Aileu, Liquisa, Ermera, Bobonaro, Ainaro, Baucau, and will be reaching into other municipalities.
He added that this is a very positive program because they could use the field as a laboratory, and link the learnt theory of science into practice.
"It is just a small field, we use a small plot of land at the school’s corridor and plant vegetables to introduce the children to learning about the process of planting, harvesting and the nutritional value of the product," he said in the hall of FONGTIL, Kaikoli, Dili.
He said to reduce malnutrition in the country that has reached 50%, the government has an obligation to introduce this program to children so they can be agents of change in the future.
He also called for everyone, in particular parents, not to misinterpret the Green School Program, because the objective was to introduce the learning to students not to produce more products.
He informed that through raising awareness, many of the schools showed an interest to implement this program, although they still lacked water. The Ministry of Education will allocate within the budget to purchase equipment for water supply.
He said this year the government had allocated $20.000,supported by the Prince of Thailand, International Agency Advance Agriculture to raise the awareness in schools and implement in several schools.
The head of the Food Security Department of Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery (MAP), Rofino Soares Gusmão said the Ministry has provided technical support for this program and also raised awareness to the students about food security in Timor-Leste.
He acknowledged that currently most products are from overseas, this is the reality, the main thing is to remind all communities, and especially the children the nutritional value in the local products, so in the future the country will not depend on consuming imported products.
"The continuation of this activity is for students to learn and implementing this activity in the schools is so they can implement and support the reduction of malnutrition in the family," he hoped.
He said the government gave priority to this program in order to introduce the children about the background of agriculture because the government's program was involving the youths in this area.
Rofino Soares Gusmão added that this program was now well implemented in the schools and has contributed and supported the school feeding program.

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