As a result of tremendous donor support for the unique Vocational Training in Agriculture Project in South Africa, the renovations on the building where the first primary school was housed in Haarlem are leading to an impressive and functional space for learning. Since the official first class on 15 February, donors have supported the project plans leading to the building’s complete renovation.
Progress on the building and the activities can be found HERE
Students gathered insights about the value of the Market to farmers, large produce buyers, small-scale farmers and formal- and informal traders.
Learning Academy Worldwide’s collaboration with the Market started in 2019 when plans for the Vocational Training in Agriculture was in its infant stage. The owner of the Market, Mr Brian Simons, welcomed the emphasis placed on helping young people understand the complete value chain in Agriculture. Mr Simons have been a committed supported of AgrAcademy since the inception of the idea in 2019. At that stage, in November of that year, he hosted our first group of students at the Market.
SEEING DIVIDENDS OF PRACTICAL LEARNING
The animal feed that students sowed on our 2ha land in March is growing. Our Economics teacher, Mr Willem October engaged the students in the entire process from exploring the feasibility, identifying and listing the input costs, to establishing up-take agreements with subsistence farmers in the community and with regional livestock farmers.