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TIE (Tanzania Institute of Education)
Importance of Teaching Agriculture in Schools
teaching agriculture at a young age, kids can start recognizing how it impacts
the world around them and help them learn other important aspects about life.
Agriculture is based on the cycle of how things grow, live, and die, which is a
cycle all living things go through. It has also provided humans with resources
to survive since the beginning of time, and continues to do so today.
has always been the basis of every society throughout history because of how fundamental
it is for our survival. However, our academic institutions have moved further
and further away from considering it a necessary discipline.
of teaching Agriculture in Schools:
1. Helps Students Learn About Food
Production and Its Science
education helps students understand where their food comes from and the science
and technology that goes into producing it.
knowledge can help them make informed decisions about the food they eat and
how your food is produced can make better choices about the food you eat and
the products you buy.
2. Teaches Students About Natural
education can teach students about the importance of natural resources and how
to conserve them.
knowledge can be useful for those interested in careers in environmental
science, natural resource management, and other related fields.
also help students understand agriculture’s impact on the environment and the
need for sustainable practices.
3. Impact on Health
is the main source of food production and is directly responsible for our health
as individuals and groups. Agricultural practices and their subsequent
contribution to the food industry affect our total nutritional intake and
industry has also been at the centre of criticism recently due to the heavy use
of artificial fertilisers and pesticides, which can be harmful to our health.
Fortunately, agricultural businesses have started taking these concerns
seriously and some of them are investing in less harmful food production
4. Keeps Them Physically Active
and agriculture are intense disciplines to learn about, and their practical
application is physically demanding. By including them in academic curriculums,
schools can help make students more physically active, thus strengthening them
physically and mentally. Such activities will also build their stamina, which
increases a person's endurance.
work will also encourage team building, with students communicating effectively
to ensure their collective project flourishes.
5. Combines Knowledge from Several Disciplines
from teaching about survival, self-sustenance, etc., agricultural education is
also important because it combines the knowledge of several disciplines.
which plants thrive in a specific climate will teach them about basic
geological and climate differences between regions. They will also need to
explore biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics to make critical
calculations and estimations about crop plantation and harvesting.