The South West College (SWC) STEM Centre
and Dungannon Primary School
have officially opened the Sensory Garden at the School – a flourishing result of the GardenstoGrow project
. The project aimed to strengthen the co-operation between Dungannon Primary school and the STEM Centre to support the development of horticultural educational workshops for early childhood education and to promote social inclusion.
The concept has seen an increase in school gardens used as ‘learning spaces’ across Europe, in addition to educational workshops, to help promote social inclusion and outdoor education in a garden setting, in particular vegetable gardens.
The project has also seen the STEM Centre and Dungannon Primary School partner with nine European stakeholders from Italy, Bulgaria and Spain, each sharing learning experiences and best practice.
Mr Thompson, Principal of Dungannon Primary School, is excited about the opening of the new school garden and the opportunities this will now bring to his students. Mr Thompson said; “I am excited about the new working partnership between our school and the college and I am looking forward to using the enhanced school garden we have created in the grounds for the pupils.”
The GardenstoGrow project is open to primary school and nursery teachers and practitioners and offers them an innovative methodology, tools and materials for fostering inclusive attitudes from a very important early stage of child development (0-6 years) through horticulture.
Claire Morton, STEM Centre Coordinator added; “The STEM Centre team was delighted to work on this project and further build the working relationship between the STEM Centre and Dungannon primary school. We are delighted with the outcome of the garden and the educational resources we have made to use within the garden.”