By Doris Isabel J. Racho
A three-day retooling course for Bohol 4-H Club/Youth coordinators was conducted at the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Regional Training Center, Cabawan District, Tagbilaran City last May 2 to 4.
4-H Club is an organization of youth (in and out of school, 10-30 years old) involved in agriculture programs and livelihood projects. It aims to encourage the youth sector to engage in agriculture and fisheries and developing their capabilities as potential leaders in advancing agriculture growth and development.
In the province of Bohol, there are new/young entrants in the municipal agriculture offices being designated as 4-H or Rural based organization (RBO) coordinators, while some need to enhance and refresh their knowledge and skills as they play an important role in organizing, maintaining and sustaining 4-H clubs, thus the retooling course.
About 24 coordinators from the province of Bohol completed the training with Ms. Angeline L. Bondad, Chief of the Rural Institutional Development Division of the Provincial Agriculture Office – Negros Oriental and Dr. Gracia F. Arado, PhD. Training Center Superintendent I of ATI-7 as facilitators and resource speakers.
Inputs on 4-H, community organizing, extension, leadership and management skills were imparted during the course, with experiential sharing, games, group dynamics, and workshops as schemes.
ATI-7 Center Director Dr. Carolyn May O. Daquio, PhD. in her message mentioned how 4-H can help in attaining the three A’s of Food Security which are Affordability, Accessibility and Availability.