Human Rights Garden training to empower Qunu community

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Nelson Mandela Museum and Siyakhana Growth development have felt inspired by President Nelson Mandela’s words on poverty alleviation, where he once said “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life”. In recognition of poverty and malnutrition in our society, Nelson Mandela Museum and Siyakhana Growth Development have embarked on a “Human Rights Gardens and Eco Tourism to alleviate poverty within the Nelson Mandela Heritage Trail in the area of Qunu.

Three gardens have been identified in two schools and a clinic. Following a number of engagements with the community of Qunu, the Museum and Siyakhana organised a week-training to 20 participants from the community of Qunu from the 5th of October until the 09th of October with accredited certificates issued by Siyakhana to the participants.

For the training to be a success, garden equipment was purchased by the Museum. Initially, this equipment was going to be purchased during the launch of the Human Rights Gardens that was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Four people will be responsible for each garden that include the principal, teacher, head of department and a community member. At the end of the training, participants could be able

  • to apply soil nutrient preparations in a safe, effective and responsible manner to the benefit of the crop growth,
  • gain specific knowledge and skills in soil fertilization and be able to operate in a plant production environment and
  • be capacitated to gain access to the main agricultural productivity of the mainstream sector.

The Human Rights Gardens will see local youth exposed to opportunities of inheriting entrepreneurial skills. The project will look at empowering and supporting the community members by encouraging them to plough vegetables for survival and eradication of poverty. This will also assist in improving their health. As the project is along the Nelson Mandela Trail, it will boost the ecotourism within the Nelson Mandela Museum.