- Written by Silvia Mwendia for Kenyakidz
Mlango Farm in Kiambu County has launched educational tours for school going children in a bid to promote environmental awareness among Kenyan kids.
Under its just registered Mlango Farm Foundation, the institution hopes to also impart knowledge on how food is grown.
“City children today do not know where their food comes from or even how some vegetables look like so through the trips we would like to change this,” said Els who runs the farm.
The educational tours run under various programs depending on the needs of the children.
“Children may be learning a certain topic at school such as waste management or animal well being which can be supplemented by visiting the farm but I would first suggest that the teacher lets me know first of what they want from the trip,” said Els.
How the topics are taught will also be dependent on their ages.
“Four year olds for instance would benefit from learning how to tell vegetables apart while twelve year olds can be taught about waste management,” said Els.
Growing over 30 different types of vegetables and herbs , Mlango Farm sits on a 25 acre piece of land in Ngecha, Kiambu County. It is also home to various types of animals such as horses, a donkey, chickens among others.
Mlango Farm would not only greatly benefit children in learning about the environment, conservation and farm life but also give them a chance to experience the great outdoors.
“We have enough space for children to play and the younger ones can even enjoy the slide we have put up or feed the horses,' said Els.
The educational tours are available any day as long as prior booking has been made. Els also requests that the children who are coming should have enough teachers or adult supervision.
“One teacher for every ten children would work best,” she said.
In order to fully enjoy the educational tour, Els recommends at least three hours to be spent at the farm.
“If the children can arrive at 9am then leave by noon, that would give us enough time to have a good tour of the farm and learn something,” she said.
Those wishing to stay for longer can also do so. “ We have a full day package whereby after the tour, the children are treated to a fresh, healthy farm lunch,” said Els.
A normal educational tour goes for Sh300 per child and if it is accompanied by lunch then it costs Sh700 per child. Teachers and adult supervisors are not charged.