英國教育部在今年二月公布的新國家課程框架諮詢文件（第 156-160 頁）內加入園藝課，讓 14 歲以下學童有機會學習種植食用或觀賞植物。諮詢期到今年 4 月結束，最後定稿將今秋刊印，並於明年 9 月開始在全國實施。
英國不少民間團體都歡迎這項轉變，其中皇家園藝學會表示，他們 2010 年的研究報告已表明，學生學習園藝有助增加對科學的理解，提升算術、讀寫能力、語言等學科的成績。另外，還可以培養財務知識、企業精神、溝通技巧。學生經歷種植後，還會對食物及營養有更多認識，並會增加進食新鮮蔬果，改善健康。
Garden Organic is delighted its long campaign for every schoolchild to have a chance to grow their own food looks set to succeed – with “horticulture” due to become part of the National Curriculum.
Garden Organic is thrilled that horticulture has been introduced as a key activity for design and technology in the draft version of the National Curriculum*.
Myles Bremner, Chief Executive of Garden Organic, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see horticulture playing a key part in the design and technology curriculum.
“This will give pupils an opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables, which is a vital part of their wider food education and brings so many other benefits in terms of health, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours.”
Garden Organic – the UK’s leading organic growing charity – was chosen to lead the government-backed Food Growing in Schools Taskforce involving 25 key organisations in 2011.
This taskforce published a report in March 2012, which brought together evidence for the first time of the benefits of giving children a chance to grow their own food.The report offers compelling evidence showing how food growing in schools can help pupils to achieve, build life and employability skills, and improve their health and wellbeing.
Garden Organic has been actively supporting schools to grow their own food since it launched its Garden Organic for Schools project in 2000. And the charity has been working as part of the successful Food for Life Partnership since 2007 to help more than 4,400 schools to get growing.
This partnership brings together the Soil Association, Garden Organic, Focus on Food and the Health Education Trust to transform food culture in schools and communities across England.
To find out more about Garden Organic’s work with schools visit www.gardenorganic.org.uk/schools.
*Horticulture is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.
Source: Garden Organic