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In partnership with Nedbank and Cangro, the Speaker of the Council, Councillor Conny Bapela, visited the M.C. Weiler School in Alexandra to launch the Tomato in a Can Garden Project.

tomato slideAt the school, Cangro taught learners about recycling and how to start vegetable gardens. Nedbank donated cans and plants to assist the learners to grow their own vegetable as part of the bank’s community social responsibility. “We want to assist the school to grow its own vegetables and also teach learners entrepreneurship skills”, said Councillor Conny Bapela.

Cangro is a sustainable development initiative that aims to inspire and grow innovative ideas and individuals in the Agriculture and Education sectors. Through innovation focused on the use of recycled material, they hope to inspire a new generation of young thinkers and future entrepreneurs, who can contribute in a meaningful way to a sustainable new world.

Cangro was established to meet the demand and need for innovative solutions which will address the challenges facing communities today, such as climate change, population growth, urbanisation, poverty and global economic turmoil. They introduced the Cangro Educational toolkit, a tomato plant that’s planted in a recycled can, as a practical, tangible, fun and highly effective educational innovation, which will assist in creating a brighter future of hope, and impact positively on the concerns outlined in the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable development.

They have chosen to use the tomato plant it thrives in cans and bears up to 40 small tomatoes each.

This project brings delight and joy to the children in addition to the obvious curriculum themes of recycling, photosynthesis and plant life cycle. The project also addresses other concepts in the curriculum, such as urbanization, water scarcity, the periodic table, climate change, how to grow food, poverty alleviation, enterprise development and entrepreneurship.