aerial photo of the existing school This is a typical, poorly resourced public farm school for 300 students from the local community. It lies within the boundaries of the Tlholego Development Project. Most of the children arrive at school without having eaten breakfast. Lunch (a jelly sandwich and a sugar-water drink) is provided by the nearby city of Rustenburg. The long-term goal is for the students to grow the majority of the school's lunches.

While at Tlholego, Holocene conducted a participatory exercise with the SuNstainable DesignWays process for this school. Holocene developed this school ground design in collaboration with Robyn McCurdy, a permaculture designer and artist from New Zealand.

proposed school design drawn by holocene  

Within the aims specified by the North West Department of Education for the development of farm schools in its province, TDP aims to develop Tshedimosong School as a model permaculture farm school. This will provide:

  • the basic needs of the farm children for nutrition, recreation and health

  • an outdoor learning environment to complement classroom based learning

  • skills training in agriculture, plant nursery, woodwork and rural crafts.

detail of the school detail of the school grounds