August 20, 2014

Education Minister wants agriculture taught in primary schools

Education Minister, Petter Saint Jean. (file photo)

Education Minister, Petter Saint Jean. (file photo)

Education Minister Petter Saint Jean has made an appeal for agriculture to be reintroduced as a subject at primary schools on the island.

“I believe there can be a new focus on the teaching practices that are associated with school gardening and nutrition education,” the Minister said at the Trafalgar Primary School on Thursday, January 24th.

“I just want to underscore the importance of the school garden and agriculture here in Dominica, because over the years there seem to have been a moving away from the teaching of agriculture at our primary schools,” Mr. Saint Jean continued.

At one time, agriculture was taught in primary and secondary schools. The students were engaged in planting a garden with vegetables and other root crops, and were encouraged to eat these locally grown produce. Some schools were also able to raise funds for their school by selling the agricultural produce to the community.

“I wish to use this occasion to therefore call on us to get back to the serious teaching of agriculture.

“It is important that our young people recognize agriculture as a viable enterprise, one that can generate quite a lot of resources personally and for us as a country,” Mr. Saint Jean urged.

In order for children and students to appreciate locally grown foods, the Minister explained, parents must encourage that practice.

“There will not be a love for agriculture if we as the adults, if our schools do not inculcate that love for agriculture at a very early age,” Mr. Saint Jean said.

The Trafalgar Primary School signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese Government’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.

The school will receive US$36, 240.00 to build a cafeteria which will be fully equipped with the relevant utensils for usage.

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