Suttur, December 6, 2019: “In our country 73% of children are from rural areas. Despite providing free uniforms, midday meals and books, even today 53% of girl children are dropping out of schools before 9 years of age,” opined Smt. Divya, Seed Technology Scientist, ICAR JSS KVK.
She was speaking at the one-day training programme on ‘Importance of Agriculture in School Education,’ held at the ICAR JSS Krishi Vignan Kendra, in Suttur, for selected teachers of various schools in Nanjagud Taluk, on December 6, 2019.
“When we notice the situation what we understand is we have failed in making education interesting to children. In schools where there are more children who hail from farmers families, if we teach animal husbandry, sericulture and other agricultural related subjects we can attract the children. She informed that the youth can obtain degree in agriculture after PUC, Diploma after SSLC. The youth who are involved in agriculture by staying in villages after stopping their education half-way can obtain skill based trainings, she added. There are ample job opportunities for agriculture subject students in Agriculture Department, NGOs, Private Companies, Banks, Universities, etc. She also requested the teachers to provide suitable guidance to the children who are interested.
Smt. Netravathi Yettinamani, Home Scientist, JSS KVK spoke about starting a kitchen garden in school premises and its maintenance and organic terrace gardening. Sri Raju, Block Education Officer, Nanjangud called upon the teachers to reserve some space in schools where available and start kitchen garden. In case if there is no space plants can be grown in pots and make the school premises look attractive, he added.
Dr. M.C. Satish, Veterinarian, of KVK in his address explained about the vermicompost unit, goshale, agri clinic, food processing unit, pottery, nursery demonstration units. Sri J.G. Ramanna, Programme Assistant, JSS KVK explained about the various diseases, pests and nutrition in kitchen garden.
Eighteen teachers from various schools of Nanjangud Taluk took part in the training programme. They informed that they would take the students of their respective schools to the Suttur Agriculture Mela and KVK to teach them. They also assured that they would establish kitchen garden in their school premises and create awareness among the students about lessons related to agriculture.
A one-day training programme on ‘Importance of Agriculture in School Education’ was conducted at the ICAR JSS Krishi Vignan Kendra, Suttur, for the teachers of selected schools in Nanjangud Taluk, on December 6,2019. BEO Sri C.N.Raju, teachers and staff members of KVK are seen in the picture.