As part of the Ministry of Education’s professional development program, Agricultural Science teachers attended a two-day workshop this week that aimed to provide support for all subject areas.
The theme of the workshop was “Growing Greatness” and it was hosted by the newly appointed Agricultural Science Education Officer, Nicolette Francis, at the John E. St. Luce Finance and Conference Center. Primary and secondary Agricultural Science teachers were invited to participate in the Educators Empowerment Workshop.
During the workshop, the teachers had the opportunity to share their past challenges managing school farms and to exchange ideas that could support the student’s learning and the development of the Agricultural Science Department.
Anointed Farms’ proprietor, Neil Gomes, started the workshop by discussing the characteristics of upcoming farmers and how teachers can help students develop a practical perspective of farming. He also encouraged teachers to educate students on various aspects of farming, including the economic aspects.
Adolph Audain, another farmer, highlighted the economic viability of agriculture, and Craig Thomas, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) National Specialist, spoke about the potential of internships for students on agriculture-focused businesses within secondary schools.
He also encouraged the teachers to utilize local entrepreneurs and technicians within the agriculture sector and emphasized the availability of external funding opportunities and training programs in Antigua and Barbuda. The Agricultural Science Department aims to motivate teachers to impart quality curriculum content to students and to develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of agriculture in Antigua and Barbuda.
The workshop was a great success, and Francis hopes that through collaboration with the Agricultural Science teachers, she can grow the program and the sector. The teachers are responsible for molding the next generation of farmers who will contribute to food security and safety in Antigua and Barbuda.