Noong nakaraang linggo ay pormal na inilunsad ng Department of Education (DepEd) Region 6 ang 20 farm schools upang makapagbigay ng kasanayan sa agrikultura at sustainable farming sa mga mag-aaral.
Ang pagkakatatag ng farm schools sa rehiyon ay parte ng probisyon ng Rural Farm Schools Act kung saan mandato ng DepEd na hikayatin ang pagtatayo ng hindi bababa sa isang rural farm school sa bawat probinsya sa bansa.
“I am very happy that we are establishing farm schools. I promise to support this proposal because through farm schools, we provide not only for our needs physically as people in terms of nutritious food, but also beauty,” pahayag ni DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones sa kaniyang virtual message.
Layunin ng mga farm schools na makapagbigay ng kontekstwal na pagpipilian sa karera ng agrikultura ang mga mag-aaral mula sa sekondarya sa pamamagitan ng Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM) na sumusunod sa K to 12 curriculum.
“The role of agriculture, the production of food, the provision of employment, and the sustenance of our people to agriculture, is really given so much more importance and attention. No country, no human being can survive without food and our food comes from the agricultural sector, and our food is grown by our farmers, our peasants, our workers who are also products of our own educational system,” dagdag niya.
Kabilang sa mga bagay na kinokonsidera sa pagtatayo ng farm school ay malalawak na lupain, mga livestock at poultry areas, kalapitan nito sa taniman ng tubo, palayan, taniman ng gulay at prutas, mga ilog at iba pa.
“With response to a sustainable development goal, which is the eradication of poverty, we need to provide opportunities to our men and women so that all of them would be active partakers,” saad ni DepEd Regional Director Ramir Uytico.
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