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GARDEN-BASED LEARNING PROJECT:
I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E :
3 BahamArts 2010
4 Events of the First
7 Garden Memories
8 Photo Gallery
July - September Third Quarter 2010
The Garden-based Learning Project is sponsored by the Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. FAO was founded in 1945 with a
mandate to help developing countries to modernize and improve agriculture,
forestry and fisheries practices. Additionally, FAO:
Leads international efforts to defeat hunger; and
Works to ensure good nutrition for all people.
FAO Food and Nutrition Division works in collaboration with other
international and professional organizations to develop and promote
innovative strategies and materials that assist countries in planning and
implementing school-based nutrition education.
Since nutrition education has a great impact on the long-term development of
a country, FAO seeks to use this medium to achieve its mandate. Technical
assistance from FAO will complement the efforts of the Government of The
Bahamas to improve basic education and promote the health and nutrition of
school children as well as agricultural practices in the population.
The Garden-Based Learning (GBL) project promotes garden-based learning
which integrates food security and nutrition education across the curriculum in
an effort to improve the quality of life for primary school children and their
parents. The GBL Project encourages students to make healthy life style choices
which are facilitated by the students using the school garden as a natural
laboratory. This Project provides training for teachers as well as opportunities
for the development of educational materials.
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WERE ON THE WEB, WWW.IICA.INT/BAHAMAS
At the CDB Vybzing Forum in May, Mr. Lionel Sands (Director of
Education) commended the Forum on exposing students to the large number
of careers in agriculture.
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GARDEN-BASED LEARNING PROJECT cont.:
The Garden-Based Learning (GBL) Project is currently being implemented in grades four and five of nine pilot schools.
The pilot schools are on Andros, Grand Bahama and New Providence. The GBL Project seeks to:
1. promote good health and nutrition among primary school children;
2. promote the production and consumption of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables at school, the home and
in the community;
3. strengthen food security and nutrition education for primary school students;
4. integrate garden-based learning (GBL) concepts across the curriculum;
5. design and produce innovative curriculum and resource materials that will encourage behavioral change in
school children, and by extension their parents;
6. engender positive attitudes in students toward careers in agriculture.
It is envisioned that the GBL Project will raise the awareness of students, their parents, the school and the wider
community of the linkages of lifestyle choices and chronic non-communicable diseases like diabetes and high blood
pressure that are on the increase in The Bahamas. It is hoped that what they learn from the GBL Project will empower
them to make healthy lifestyle choices that would lead to healthier more productive lives.
We are appreciative of the provision of technical assistance by Camelta Barnes, Senior Public Health Nutritionist of the
Ministry of Health in helping us achieve the goals of this Project. We have greatly benefitted from the technical
assistance from Janice Albert, Nutrition Officer, and Carmen Dardano, Food and Nutrition Officer, both of whom are in
the FAO Rome Office and from Dr. Pauline Samuda, Nutrition Assessment Consultant, and FAO Jamaica. Mr. Hamblin
Newbold, Acting Assistant Director of Education for Science and Technology is the FAO Project Coordinator. Mrs.
Patrice Green, Administrative Assistant for Agriculture Science has given technical assistance in the area of
Agriculture. Dr. Karen St. Cyr, Coordinator of Regional Project serves as the National Curriculum Consultant and
organizer for school-based activities.
Hugh Campbell Primary Garden Based Learning Program (Grand Bahama)
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Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and Ministry of Tourism and Aviation will be hosting the 13th BahamArts Festival at the Heritage Village, Arawak Cay (Fish Fry Site) during the last weekend of October 29th 31st 2010. They are planning to make this event bigger and better than previous years as we reflect on the achievements and developments throughout the years of the Handicraft and Souvenir Industry throughout the nation. The Theme for the Festival is Endless Possibilities. The Festival will incorporate the Industry of Arts, Crafts, Souvenirs, Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry, along with Packaged and Processed Foods. The Festivals purpose is to bring together artisans and artists throughout The Bahamas to create a Craft Village, highlighting indigenous Bahamian-made products. An array of beautiful products will be displayed throughout the one hundred (100) booths during the three (3) day event. As in past festivals, the Best Booth Competition will again be held. This year we expect participation from 30 Family Island Handicraft Associations which have been formed as a result of BAICs intense handicraft training initiatives throughout the Family Islands over the past three (3) years.
Summer Student Program 2010:
The youth of the nation can play an active role in the economy as young entrepreneurs and improve the image of Agriculture, to create employment and positively affect our food production. The IICA Bahamas Office has successfully completed another summer student internship program during the month of August. The first summer student program was held in the summer of 2007 with two graduating high school students (Michelle Davis from Government High School [GHS] and Kippling Thompson from North Andros High School). The targeted strategy is to attract promising Agriculture students for summer internship. The program is designed to expose the candidate to all options available for career planning and advancement, using existing successful models in The Bahamas. This year, the students were Nahassah Flowers, Jr. (C. V. Bethel Senior High School) and Deon D. Gibson (second year student at the University of Agriculture in Havana, Cuba). This years program was implemented in conjunction with the Bahamas Cooperative League Ltd. (BCLL). The League has an interest in our youth via their youth cooperatives. Youth cooperatives provide an opportunity for students to learn how to use money wisely, learn the importance of saving and acquire the discipline of running a successful business. They also have a scholarship to College of the Bahamas for Agriculture. We thank the League for partnering with IICA. Please check out the information and photos from the Summer Student Program on our website at: http://www.iica.int/Eng/regiones/caribe/bahamas/summer/Pages/default.aspx
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.
Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The next Agriculture Think Tank will feature Agribusiness. Mr. Lester Stuart from BAIC will speak to this subject on November 3,
2010. The Agriculture Think Tank will be held at the Finn Damtoft Agriculture Library from 4-5pm. BAIC will host the Agribusiness Possibilities roundtable on November 4th 7:00pm at the National Centre For the Performing Arts (Shirley Street). See you there!
Events for the first quarter:
July 10 Bahamas Independence Day
July 12-16 Office visit Mr. Robert Reid
July 29 Agriculture Think Tank Poultry in The Bahamas by Justin Taylor
July 26 August 27 Summer Student Internship Program
August 2-6 Third Forum of Young Leaders in Agriculture (University of Nebraska)
August 2 Emancipation Day Holiday
August 3 BAIC Soils Workshop
August 5 BHA Board Meeting
August 16-19 Agriculture Teachers Workshop
August 22-27 Small Ruminant Week
August 24-25 Dehydration Workshop at GRAC
August 26 Agriculture Think Tank Summer Student Final Presentation
August 30 Back-to-School
September 8 International Literacy Day
September 8-10 Caribbean Regional Meeting in Guyana
September 21 Belize Independence Day
September 28-29 CADIAC Workshop in Trinidad
September 30 Agriculture Think Tank Evaluation Day
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Grow nutritious foods that are easy to grow. If you are a first-timer, start with 2-3 crops.
Use of Manure or Compost can be added to fertilize the soil.
Watering your plants - Rainwater collected from roofs will help save on domestic water.
Covering with fine mesh (e.g. insect-proof greenhouse mesh) to prevent mosquito breeding, is critical.
Vegetables need adequate space to develop pro