Teaching agriculture at schools will fast-track the agricultural economy
Agricultural schools play a pivotal role
in the development of the next generation of farmers
i3A partners with schools and regional and local agricultural industries to address the skills shortage in the industry. We complement and enhance the curriculum to prepare Learners for participation in agriculture. Our focus is on increasing the employability of young people entering the sector.
Many young people are either ignorant of the agricultural sector or have negative perceptions about it. Changing these perceptions through positive exposure and early successes will be key in encouraging school leavers to pursue careers in agriculture.
The i3A JumpStart Learner Enhancement Programme assist Learners in Grade 10, 11 and 12 to achieve a formal qualification through an innovative programme that incorporates the Agricultural school curriculum (CAPS) with practical training and e-Learning methodologies.
Key Benefits of the i3A JumpStart Learner Enhancement Programme
- Positively impacts Learner perceptions of agriculture
- Increases employability (successful candidates will achieve a National Certificate in Agriculture)
- Addresses the skills shortage in the agricultural sector
- Prepares Learners for post-school work environment
Through our FarmAgain Project, i3A will collect operational disused farming equipment and repair second-hand tools for redistribution to participating agricultural schools across South Africa.
Many farmers across South Africa have old dysfunctional equipment that is no longer used or has de-valued and cannot be sold — while many agricultural schools are in desperate need of equipment and tools to train future farmers.
We work closely with the South African Agricultural Teachers Association (SAATA) to promote the advancement of learner development at all agricultural schools.