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  • Jamaica 4-H Clubs youth leaders are currently benefitting from technical and vocational training, being provided under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with HEART Trust/NTA.
  • The MoU, which came into effect late 2014, makes provisions for: promoting public education and awareness of training and certification programmes.
  • The arrangement will also facilitate expansion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to incorporate vulnerable and unattached members of society, including persons with disabilities.

Jamaica 4-H Clubs youth leaders are currently benefitting from technical and vocational training, being provided under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with HEART Trust/NTA.

The MoU, which came into effect late 2014, makes provisions for: promoting public education and awareness of training and certification programmes; creating greater linkages and expansion in agro-processing to include provisions for converting existing 4-H Clubs facilities into approved agro-processing training centres; facilitating the establishment of the 4-H Clubs as an Accredited Training Organisation; and fostering entrepreneurship through training programmes with local 4-H Clubs.

The arrangement will also facilitate expansion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to incorporate vulnerable and unattached members of society, including persons with disabilities.

This is in keeping with the mandate of the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the HEART Trust/NTA, to increase access to training opportunities for these vulnerable groups.

Signatories to the three-year MoU included: Jamaica 4-H Clubs Chairman, Senator Norman Grant; Executive Director, Ronald Blake; and Executive Director, HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Wayne Wesley.

Speaking at the recent Kingston 4-H Clubs Parish Achievement Exposition at the Edith Dalton-James High School, Director of Workforce Development and Employment, HEART Trust/NTA, Denworth Finnikin, said the MoU’s provisions should serve to motivate young people to pursue careers in agriculture.

“What we want to do, through our partnership, (is to) utilise the 4-H Clubs facilities across the island to provide training (and)… small grants in the form of livestock to (club members) to ensure that we can start improving our (livestock production)” he informed.

Mr.  Finnikin further stated that: “any country that is moving towards development must embrace agriculture as one of the key pillars (to achieve) sustainability.”

The Parish Achievement Day, held under the theme: ‘4-H – Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future, was staged to highlight the skills and handiwork of members in craft and agriculture.

These included: grafting of plants, goat care management, poultry care, meal preparation, and application and maintenance of farm machinery.

The Jamaica 4-H Clubs, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, will culminate the celebration activities with the annual National Achievement Day of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, where all parish winners will compete.

The event is scheduled for Denbigh Showground, May Pen, Clarendon, from April 22 to 24.

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