Of the 46 schools, 23 were government-aided, 12 were state-run schools and 11 were private.
Additionally, 28 schools in Goa had also installed solar panels, as per the data compiled under the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE). These 28 institutes comprise of 11 government-aided, nine private and eight government schools.
A significant number of schools in Goa have warmed up to the central government’s scheme to set up kitchen gardens within the institute premises. A total of 359 schools, 23.8% of the schools in Goa, have kitchen gardens as of 2021-22, the data states. Of these, 178 were government-aided, 142 were government schools and 39 were private schools.
The idea behind asking schools to have kitchen gardens was to inculcate a love for nature among students, while also using the items grown in the garden for cooking the midday meals. Though most schools in Goa do not cook their meals within school premises and they are supplied by self-help groups, schools have nevertheless taken up the kitchen garden idea seriously.
Earlier this year, the Union education ministry’s officials, during the annual review of the implementation of the midday meal scheme, had praised Goa for taking up the kitchen garden scheme in a major way.
In Goa, officials of the agriculture department are also roped in to help schools with their expertise in setting up and nurturing the kitchen gardens.