Treasured Heritage School, Ibadan celebrated “Cultural Day” by paying a visit to our crop museum to celebrate the Nigerian Cultural foods, learn more about how its grown and how it relates to the environment.
But is there really a need for students to have practical spaces to learn about where their food is grown or why the agricultural science they learn in class is key to human development?
The answer to this question would not be far-fetched among a young generation that already perceives agriculture as an archaic career. In recent times, massive advocacy for youth involvement in Agriculture has been trending and appreciable improvement has been observed in most parts of the world. It has been mentioned in recent studies (Africa Agricultural Science Week, 2013) that a large number of the challenges in Agriculture and farming that will need to be resolved by 2050 will need to be met by today’s youth. It has also been discovered that most pupils in developing countries’ schools’ lacked access to training and education on practical agricultural education and this has greatly discouraged youth to perceive agriculture as a future profession.
Grooming Leaders for Agriculture as a key advocate recognizes the need to equip young minds with appropriate skills and knowledge to be tomorrow’s scientists and agricultural leaders. One of the ways to achieve this aforementioned goal is setting up school gardens in both public and private school across the country which GLA has started in South-western of Nigeria. School gardens could serve as vital learning spaces in schools to enrich science and birth a more productive future food generation. School gardens is a selected plot of land located within the school environment where students carry out practical agriculture both in crop production and animal husbandry depending. This helps the students to acquire knowledge and practical skills life-skills about their food, the environment and agricultural related opportunities. Several benefits of school farm to students include;
1) Imbuilding life skills of entrepreneurship into students through market gardening.
2) Providing students with supervised occupational experience in agricultural productivity.
3) Creating a scientific mindset through use of observation, data collection and making inferences that can create reports. This sets a clear base for a strong scientific foundation.
Our survey across schools in the south-western part of Nigeria also reveals limited availability of arable land within the school environment to achieve the goal of school garden. One tip, you don’t need large parcels of land, the back of a classroom would still serve the learning, purpose. However, at GLA, we have set up a crop museum to support our community, are you in the neighborhood and need to a learning space for your students on practical agriculture, we welcome you to visit!!!