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Agriculture and the K-12 Education

by Imelda C. Barbacena
Juan F. Trivino Memorial High School
Caranan, Pasacao, Camarines Sur

It is taught in the most basic of Philippine education that our country stands out for its flora and fauna. For centuries, people from all over the world have sought our country for our wealth of natural resources. Being one of the richest and most biodiverse countries in terms of raw materials and agricultural and economic development potential, it is only fitting that we, as dedicated and proud Filipino citizens, all strive to nurture it.

This is the primary reason why Agricultural Science is being offered in the Philippine K-12 Education. In an effort to improve not only Philippine education, but also the lives of all Filipinos and the condition of our country, the heavily-debated, brand new K-12 curriculum had kicked off just this school year.

Since the dawn of our nation, we have used agriculture to sustain our lives.The Philippines was, and still is, a predominantly agricultural country. We have always relied heavily on this discipline to ensure technological and economic development, as well as the nutrition of the Filipino citizens. Even before, our ancestors, who were already aware of our country's resource wealth and potential, had spent years developing and innovating ways to better the agriculture in our land. This is why it is important that we are including specializations on this subject in the curriculum of our newly-implemented K-12 Education, so that we may honor and further the progress of our ancestors towards our common goal of a better future for our country.

Agricultural and food education provides guided learning and instruction on crop production, resource efficiency and waste reduction, livestock management, water and soil conservation, as well as technology and nutrition. These are all information that could increase production and enhance product quality and resource conservation.

This course of study, which is not only limited within the classroom, but extends even beyond the school campus, offers plenty of experience necessary for personal growth. It also provides a foundation of learning suited for pursuing careers in production, business, food and nutrition, conservation, and natural resource industries. The students will be guided so that they acquire certain essential skills such as perseverance, self-confidence, responsibility, interpersonal skills, and many more, which will all aid in their journey towards individual development and career success. As a bonus, it even further develops and boosts the young Filipinos' interest and love for our country. This education will produce ready and well-rounded individuals who will soon run the agricultural industry, upon which the Philippine society depends on.

By helping our students not only understand, but also apply these scientific concepts, as well as develop these skills, we are guaranteed a better shot at an improved quality of life, not just for farmers and agricultural advocates, but also for the whole Philippine population.

It is clear that by incorporating agricultural science and education to the K-12 curriculum, we are all on the right track. By disseminating this information to the Filipino youth, as well as helping them learn how to utilize them, and inspiring them to develop the agriculture of our country, we uphold the fundamental purpose of the K-12 education -- to help further prepare the Filipino youth, and steer them towards creating a new, bountiful era, which will benefit the Filipino society, and the generations that will come.


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