4-Hers to share ag skills with members in Ghana

Canadian members aged 18 to 25 must apply by November

4-H Canada has teamed up with 4-H Ghana to launch a community service learning and leadership program.

Ten 4-H members from Canada will travel to Ghana in summer 2016 for the Going Global Service Learning pilot program.

There, they will work on school and community projects with local staff and youth and share knowledge and skills about sustainable agriculture and food security.

Cameron Choquette, a 4-H member from Kelvington, Sask., said it’s a chance to learn about the youth group in other countries and develop personal skills.

Canada’s 26,000 members are part of a 4-H network comprising seven million worldwide. Canadian members will have the opportunity to experience a different culture, be challenged to consider their work and its impact and develop a better understanding of community and global responsibilities.

Choquette, a 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) member, learned more about the new program during a 4-H Leadership Summit in Ottawa in February.

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“It’s a dream come true for us as youth to go and share 4-H with those across the world,” he said.

“We’ll get a different perspective on how they interpret head, heart, hands and health.”

4-Hers between 18 and 25 have until November to apply for the program at apply.4-h-canada.ca.

The summit also focused on helping leaders incorporate science and technology into 4-H projects, shared novel programs such as Ontario 4-H’s Beef and Dairy Sense that collaborates with industry and showed how to conduct simple science experiments.

Kendra Elliott, a YAC member from Manitoba, talked about constructing DNA with licorice and marshmallows or having children paint their shoes and walk around to show how disease spreads.

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“Bring it down to a level that’s fun and that kids can understand,” she said.

Elliott said science and technology is already a major part of 4-H, citing herd improvements that are made through genetics, nutrition and breeding in cattle projects.

“You’re already teaching it and just need to tease it out,” she said.

“Science should be fun for kids, and everybody can teach it and don’t need to be scared of it.”

Elliott noted the learning extends to leaders, who can use the information in their own operations.

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