As the world faces climate change and a food crisis, the National Federation of Teachers Unions (NFTU) has joined forces with agricultural group “Wheat of Hope” to promote hands-on wheat farming lessons for junior high and elementary schools. This year, a new crop, soybean, has been added to the program. By growing soybeans and wheat on campus, students learn the entire process, including putting down the soil, sowing the seeds, and watching them germinate, ear and flower until it is time to harvest the wheat. The idea is that students, having learned about the various stages of crop growth, will take more of an interest in national farming policy in the future.
A total of more than 40 schools participated in the program last year. Under the guidance of their teachers Chien Long-hsiang and Tseng Shu-kuan, students at Taipei Beitou Elementary School have been growing soybean and wheat on campus since last October, and proudly displayed some of their harvest on Feb. 26. According to Tseng, this practical experience teaches students many good habits, such as responsibility, sharing, and respecting food. It is a very meaningful and worthwhile lesson for students before they finish school, said Tseng, adding that other junior high schools and elementary schools should also consider including this type of program in their curriculum.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Lin Ya-ti)