Started in February 2020, an experiment aimed at studying different onion varieties is being carried out in Belarusian schools in the framework of the EU4Youth project.
Onions were chosen for the experiment for its source of vitamins and minerals, valuable for strengthening the immune system of school students and enhancing body defences against various kinds of infections.
The experiment, involving participants from 28 schools and 3 supplementary education centres, started at the end of February. During two months, school students under the supervision of their teachers carried out the first stage of the experiment – they studied onion varieties, planted seeds and took care of the first seedlings.
“We can say that the first stage of the experiment in our school went well,” said the coordinator of the experiment in the Lužki school Larysa Garanina. “At the end of March, the seeds of all the varieties showed good germination – more than 80%. Now they are taken care of by the high schoolers.”
The participants in the experiment are now ready to pass to its second stage – the transplanting of the seedlings and the planting of seeds directly in the ground in order to compare which cultivation method is best.
The experiment aims to contribute to one of the main goals of the EU4Youth: ‘School Garden’ for Agricultural Entrepreneurship project, financed by the European Union: to help school students to master modern agricultural technologies, to find out about working possibilities in rural areas and to acquire research and entrepreneurship skills.
The project aims to foster the employability and active participation of young people residing in disadvantaged rural areas of Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova in society and economy by developing modern labour, leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and promoting new professional opportunities among them.
Find out more