School Gardens

PDO High School actually owns three gardens. There is a tiny garden in the vicinity of the school itself (about the size of two classrooms), a second garden 500 meters from the school (about the size of a football field) and the extensive garden called ‘Horticulture’ (about five hectares in size), approximately 32 km away from the school.

Agricultural knowledge and vegetables

The purpose of all three gardens is to provide the students with agricultural knowledge and to produce fruit and vegetables for the school kitchens. In the two gardens in and near the school, many kinds of fruit and vegetables are grown, such as tomatoes, egg plant, beans, potatoes, papayas and bananas. The garden close to the school is financed by the German NGO ‘Foerderverein Myanmar’. The small garden on the school campus itself is an initiative by the Dutch NGO World Child Care, with its water tank financed by the German NGO.



Horticulture

The ‘Horticulture’ is a vast, beautiful piece of land at the feet of the Shan Hills, with a lovely creek running through it. The greater part of this plantation is covered in a variety of small orchards. As a result, throughout most of the year, the harvest of tropical fruit is possible. And you will also find a diverse variety of vegetables here. The land was generously donated in 2008 by a private donor, named U Maung Maung Gyi.

Mud-houses

In an ongoing project, called ‘Eco-village’, people from our school build mud-houses. This project is linked to the CPME project, in which students work on practical life skills. The mud-houses are kept cool naturally, even in the heat of the summer. The students who work on this project, produce their own charcoal and organic fertilizer. All our gardening is done using bio-energy. This means we do not use any non-organic fertilizers or pesticides.

Agricultural training

Often, our lecturers present seminars on ecological farming, protection of the environment and the dangers of pollution. Currently, for example, we are presenting agricultural training to 30 participants for the duration of six months. Besides the above mentioned skills the 30 students will learn how to replant deforested land.

Training and meditation centre

Meanwhile, the ‘Horticulture’ has become a training and meditation centre for PDO High School students, teachers and staff members.