Investing in access to education gives young people the perspective of an independent life. As a non-profit organization, Terra Verde specifically targets the poorest and most vulnerable children in Burkina Faso, who are given real opportunities through education.
Our commitment to education conveys elementary knowledge about the environment and agriculture – for a good life in the countryside. We therefore promote fast and free access through daily offers, for which we bring class groups by bus to the Ökozentrum.
The acquisition of practical life skills goes beyond age groups to the training of small farmers and students. An impulse for lifelong learning begins with usable impulses about the immediate environment and survival with it.
As a non-profit organisation, we offer the rural population access to up-to-date information on agriculture and the environmental situation. Over 70 percent of the population of Burkina lives in rural areas, but hardly anyone is aware of the current state of their own environment and the consequences for Burkina Faso of the destruction of savannahs and forests.
In addition to the further education for farmers, hundreds of school children visit us every year, who receive courses in environmental education. More than 32 display boards provide striking information about the ecological footprint of poor and rich countries, climate change in general and the overuse of domestic soils. With the support of the welfare and educational foundation, a water tower (10,000 litres) was also built, because an exemplary water supply is also of great interest to many visitors.
These first educational panels are devoted to the dependence of humans on their natural environment for ecosystem services such as insect pollination of fruit flowers, the provision of usable irrigation and drinking water through natural filtration of precipitation, and the reproduction of fish populations for food.
Once the principle for the protection of soil at risk of erosion is understood, farmers also take care of the conservation of their arable land. After all, they contribute 150 working days per hectare for the construction of the stone walls. In our eco-centre we teach resource-saving management and the application of techniques.
We are able to look after more than 450 villages at the same time. For this purpose, selected farmers are trained in advance in various fields of work so that they can pass on their knowledge to other farmers in the field.