Monaco Telecom supports the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Terrae in favour of organic vegetable gardens in schools
On Wednesday 12th January 2022, Mr Martin Peronnet, Managing Director of Monaco Telecom officially renewed the Monegasque operator's support to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, by presenting Mr Olivier Wenden, Vice-President and CEO, with a donation of €12,118 from the income generated by the dematerialisation of its customer invoices
Mrs Cécile Mouly, Responsible for educational and extracurricular projects at the Department of National Education, Youth and Sports (DENJS) and Mrs Jessica Sbaraglia, Founder of the company Terrae, were also present at the presentation of the donation, which this year will be allocated to a project to educate pupils of the Principality about sustainable development.
"For the third year, we are continuing our support to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, by donating all the sums collected for paper invoice printing. I am delighted that this year our commitment will take the form of a project based in Monaco and dedicated to educational activities for young people", emphasised Martin Peronnet.
In order to actively contribute to the development of sustainable solutions in the Principality, Monaco Telecom has decided to become involved in a programme implementing organic vegetable gardens in Monegasque schools. This project, led by Terrae with the support of the Department of National Education, Youth and Sports and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, includes the organisation of numerous educational activities relating to the environment and the development of organic urban vegetable gardens.
"We are delighted that Monaco Telecom has chosen to support this project, which is not only about education for healthier eating but also about a desire to establish a new relationship with nature from a very young age. We thank them for working alongside us to promote sustainable development through concrete actions", said Olivier Wenden.
Thanks to Monaco Telecom's donation, the École des Révoires will integrate this programme and will soon benefit from the installation of a vegetable garden within the school. This will be placed on the school's roof and will be one of the largest vegetable gardens as it will be divided into two large terraces. The cross-curricular teaching method that will be deployed will allow the pupils in the older classes to learn through the lessons given by the Terrae’s teams before passing on their knowledge to the younger ones.
An intergenerational transmission that continues outside the school and which is very important, as Jessica Sbaraglia points out: "A vegetable garden in a school is an ecological echo. It raises awareness among children of all ages who leave with their tomato plant, which will pass through the hands of their parents, then be planted in the grandparents' garden, before, in the end, being eaten by the children.
The budding farmers of the École des Révoires will be able to interact with nature, discover the process of fruit and vegetable production, but also be made aware, through the knowledge of the products consumed, of a healthy and balanced diet.
Thanks to the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the programme, which began in autumn 2020, has already enabled vegetable gardens to be set up in 6 establishments in the Principality, such as the Prince Albert II Leisure Centre, the Ecole du Parc, the Ecole de Fontvieille, the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier de Monaco and the Ecole de la Condamine. More than 2000 pupils per year are already gardening and harvesting their produce.