Ministry Of Agriculture Set To Train 6,000 Teachers on 4K Club
The Ministry of Agriculture has initiated an implementation framework that will determine the operations of the newly rebranded 4k clubs in Kenya.
The Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Anne Nyaga, stated that the government will focus more on volunteerism to encourage pupils to join and ensure that all schools embrace the concept in an approach that will be done in phases.
Last week President Kenyatta presided over the launch of the oldest agricultural platform that used to exist in all public schools.
4K is an acronym that stands for Kuungana, Kufanyam Kusaidia Kenya. This when translated means ‘Coming together, to Act, in order to Help Kenya.’
Just days after the President’s launching of 4K clubs, the Ministry of Agriculture has begun the implementation of the directive to ensure that the once-famous club in schools in back to stay in the long run.
“We have developed a 4K clubs website that we have populated with all the materials that the schools need to be able to guide them in terms of the activities,” said the Agriculture Ministry CAS Anne Nyaga.
As the framework is being implemented, the Ministry is coming up with structures at the County Level to ensure that they can reach as many schools as possible.
“We want to build the capacity of the teachers and the model that we want to incorporate here is we build the capacity of about 6,000 teachers or the clubs and then once we set up credible models from these clubs then it is expected to adopt five other schools from their locality,” added CAS Anne Nyaga.
In the 1980s and 90s, the 4K clubs were a popular thing across the country that enabled pupils children in Primary schools to get skills like growing crops and rearing livestock. Livestock that could be reared in schools included small animals like goats and rabbits and even cows.
The government has now expanded the scope of the 4K clubs covering healthy living, conservation of the environment, climate change nova diseases, and even civic engagement.
“Our target is to have 4K clubs in all the schools in the country but of course we are doing it in a fixed approach so that we want to reach 20 percent of the schools in about three years,” added Nyaga.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the intention of reviving the 4K Clubs is to kickstart a new generation of techno-savvy agricultural players whom the government believes will change the landscape of Agriculture in the country in the coming years.