Justin Moses, Agriculture Science teacher at that school, in an exclusive interview with MiyVue.com, explained that on 11th October, 2010 he formed the Future Farmers Club with a view to targeting students who would have recently entered high school and working with them to develop and increase their interest in farming
“The whole purpose of the club is to get them to love agriculture because we realise over the past couple of years, fewer children have been doing agriculture for CXC at Verchild’s High and one of the reasons is because they feel agriculture is boring.
“For me, as the agriculture teacher, I feel like there is something there to be done so I formed the club so I can get the 1st, 2nd and 3rd formers interested in agriculture. What we are hoping is by the time they are ready to choose their alternative subjects, they will be willing and they will love to do agriculture subject.”
Moses explained to MiyVue.com that alternatives are selected in 3rd form and by that time, students would have already received the requisite information and experience to effectively tackle the subject.
“I realise in the primary school, they have a programme and when they come to the high school, there is no programme. So they lose interest and the love that they had for the soil and planting and everything. What the club aims to do is to continue the programme from the primary school level so by the time they get to high school; they would still have a love or agriculture.”
The club, according to Moses, was formed on 11th October 2010 and since then; an executive body has been selected, which is composed chiefly of 1st, 2nd and 3rd form students.
Speaking of projects which the club has embarked on since its formation, Moses explained, “So far, we have done the planting of fruit trees around the school. Another activity we have undertaken in the beautification of the Home Economics area. Most recently we were blessed with a garden and the Future Farmers Club is responsible for an area of that garden where we plant crops.
“Right now we have lettuce and cucumbers and squash (which were to have been harvested last week). We also have carrots, pumpkins and also we have a fowl pen which has layers; layers are birds which have the main purpose of laying eggs and in a matter of weeks, we will receive eggs from these layers.”
Founder of the Future Farmers Club told this media house that his wish is to see students from across the federation develop a love for the agriculture and as such, he invited and urged teachers from the other high school to implement similar programmes.
He advised that if information about the programme is needed, he can be contacted at 667-7363 or firstname.lastname@example.org