KID GARDENERS

Program Leader : Prof. Dr. Yeşim OKAY
Age: 10-11 Years
Education Period: 1 Day

The aim of this project is to introduce agriculture and agricultural production processes to the 10-11 years’ of age group children in primary education by direct involvement, enabling them to follow up the natural cycles and to increase children’s natural curiosity by encouraging the love of nature but also strengthening physical and social skills in a game format.

One of the disadvantages caused by intense urbanization is the isolation from nature and growing up our children disconnected from nature and the natural plant production systems. Nowadays most children live in big cities and can only get to know agricultural products on the store shelves.

As a result of this disconnection, physical and emotional development of children are adversely affected, responsibility to protect natural resources is not developed, the adoption of the environmental awareness and teaching environmental sensitivity concepts are increasingly difficult. However, the recognition and protection of natural resources with environmental awareness, manners and knowledge are gained characters at early ages. In order to create awareness of natural resources and environmental protection, the recognition of these concepts should be acquired primarily. One of the most appropriate solutions to the problem will be created using the urban sample models based on nature education for children.

With this project, children on the 4th and 5th grades at the primary schools, when the learning is fastest and most effective will gain basic vital information on plant breeding, direct touch with soil, conservation of the natural resources and sustainability issues. Emphasizing the importance of fruit and vegetables in nutrition, the early years of education will give them the basics of healthy nutrition as an important aspect.

With this project, planned within the Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture and Department of Horticulture, it is aimed to introduce plant production and the cycle of production to the children by observation, participation and awareness in vegetables, ornamental plants and forestation. As a result, develop children’s physical and social skills.