En­gage stu­dents, en­hance their knowl­edge, skills in agri­cul­ture

Panay News - - METRO BACOLOD -  By Edgar Al­lan C. He­ria,

Sec­ondary School Teacher II, Doña Hor­ten­cia Salas Bene­dicto Na­tional High School, Di­vi­sion of La Car­lota City

I N TEACH­ING agri­cul­ture, class­room in­struc­tion and lab­o­ra­tory ex­er­cises pro­vide stu­dents a foun­da­tion of knowl­edge i n agri­cul­tural prac­tices, about crop pro­duc­tion, l i ve­stock man­age­ment, soil and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, and var­i­ous other as­pects of agri­cul­ture. It in­cludes in­struc­tion in food ed­u­ca­tion, in­clud­ing nu­tri­tion. Agri­cul­tural and food ed­u­ca­tion im­proves the qual­ity of life for all peo­ple by help­ing farm­ers in­crease pro­duc­tion, con­serve re­sources and pro­vide nutri­tious food.

It helps to pro­vide stu­dents with the per­sonal, aca­demic and ca­reer ex­pe­ri­ences es­sen­tial for suc­cess i n the f i elds of science, busi­ness and tech­nol­ogy. High school agri­cul­ture sub­ject pro­grams con­sist of class­room/ lab­o­ra­tory in­struc­tion and su­per­vised agri­cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences.

Jaime A. Manalo IV of the Philip­pine Rice Re­search In­sti­tute (PhilRice) drew out re­sults from stud­ies on the In­fo­me­di­ary Campaign, PhilRice’s youth en­gage­ment initiative in agri­cul­ture. He em­pha­sized that the since K-12

pro­gram is gain­ing mo­men­tum, teach­ers who han­dle agri­cul­ture-re­lated sub­jects may have to level-up in nur­tur­ing the fu­ture work­force that will pro­pel the agri­cul­ture sec­tor. Par­ents in­flu­ence the youth in pur­su­ing a ca­reer in agri­cul­ture. Gather the par­ents to dis­cuss and ask ques­tions on rice pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies.

“Par­ents should know what’s go­ing on in the schools. We feel that we need to en­gage them so they, too, will know how they can ben­e­fit from this un­der­tak­ing,” said Manalo.

In ad­di­tion, i n a re­cent study of the In­fo­me­di­ary team, it was re­vealed that learn­ing tools and strate­gies mat­ter in ef­fec­tively teach­ing cli­mate smart agri­cul­ture. Field­works and the use of videos, pic­tures, in­ter­net, flipcharts, and Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tions are fa­vored by stu­dents.

Ev­ery youth has a role to play in any seg­ment of agri­cul­tural/food value chain. Youths are the pri­mary pro­duc­tive hu­man re­source of so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment. It is, there­fore, es­sen­tial to iden­tify the roles of youth in main­stream de­vel­op­ment. ( Paid ar­ti­cle)

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