In his State of the Nation Address in February 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced government’s plan to introduce six new subjects in schools’ curricula. One of these is aquaponics, and the aim is to teach learners technical skills, as well as how to produce food to ensure food security.
At the time of the announcement, Laerskool Kempton Park (LKP), a full-service school in Ekhurhuleni Municipality, was already ahead, having been teaching aquaponics since 2017.
The school is thus leading the way in terms of introducing practical and technical skills in schools.
The project, led by humanitarian development organisation INMED and funded by Air Products, has greatly benefitted the children and staff members of the school, as well as its immediate community, according to LKP’s principal, André Page.