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Medical Plants and Herbs Garden
School’s Principal: Feryal Ahmed Hasan Salah Al-Din
Banat Jaba’ Secondery Girls’ School
Jerusalem Suburbs Directorate of Education 
Brief Description
This inspiring initiative was set out as an example of a mutual relationship between the school and the local community to educate children with “A healthy mind in a healthy body”. Students’ attitudes and behaviors got better. At the beginning, students were educated about the importance and the great benefits of the medical herbs and plants in their lives. After that, depending on our knowledge and other experts, we improved the school land and turned it into a productive garden for medical plants and herbs. This needed physical land resources such as agricultural tools, soil, medical herbs and plants in addition to the school’s well we mended earlier.
Outstanding Aspects
Our project is outstanding as it plays as an alternative for chemical medicines or drugs and as a return to medical plants that can cure several diseases. It was also valuable and inspiring because of the great cooperation inside and outside the school. The project was also connected to real life situations and so students were able to apply what they learnt in their science, health and Arabic lessons on the medical plants and herbs of their garden.
The impact of the initiative
In fact, the students’ attitudes towards using manufactured medicines instead of natural herbs changed. Students were convinced with the great benefits of medical herbs and the value of planting them. Similarly, students made a positive effect on their parents in return to use those herbs and to grow a similar garden at their houses. As for teachers, they applied most of their lessons on those plants.
Success factors
There were two factors that played a great role in the success of this initiative. Planning was one of the success factors since the project was carried out through three stages: meetings between the school administration and the department of agriculture stage, implementation and distribution of roles stage and finally the evaluation stage by the Department of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education. The second factor that led to the success of our project was the mutual and effective cooperation between students, teachers, the school administration and the local community with all of its associations in the field.  
Challenges and difficulties
There was no doubt that we faced some difficulties such as lack of time to grow the plants. However, we overcame this problem through making use of our free time, the recess and after-school hours. In addition to that, there was a lack of irrigating water and the soil of the garden was poor. Luckily, we repaired and restored the school old well and the local community provided us with rich soil. Moreover, there was the bad weather and some boys who spoiled and missed up with some plants. As a result, a mess wire fence was built around and some local community people were asked to protect the garden and to take care of it. They took some medical herbs in turn.
Interests and interaction
In fact, having such valuable garden brought many visitors like parents, and visitors from other schools. They liked it and wanted to do the same. The local community and its institutions offered help and advice. Examples of those associations were the department of agriculture, the British council, the school health team and the Assistant Deputy of the North Governorate Affairs.


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