Released on February 27, 2015Today, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed March 1 to 7, 2015, as Agriculture Literacy Week in Saskatchewan.
“Agriculture Literacy Week is an opportunity for us to teach our youth about agriculture and food production,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “Many of today’s students grow up disconnected from farms and agriculture. This week provides them with an opportunity to learn about our industry in a fun, interactive way.”
“The Ministry of Education is proud to be supporting Agriculture Literacy Week, as it’s another innovative way to engage our students in their learning,” Education Minister Don Morgan said. “This is an excellent way to encourage the literacy skills of our students while also promoting one of Saskatchewan’s most important industries.”
During Agriculture Literacy Week, producers and other members of the agriculture industry gather in classrooms across the province to read agriculture stories and discuss their experiences in the industry. Their visits are supplemented by materials provided by Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC), such as books and videos.
“Agriculture plays a vital role in our lives, and it’s important that our youth understand that,” AITC Executive Director Sara Shymko said. “Students often learn best when they are able to connect with their subject matter. By introducing them to people directly involved in the agriculture industry, we’re able to help them understand the role agriculture plays in their lives and in the world.”
This year’s industry volunteers will be reading from AITC’s new book, The Adventures of Michael and Mia: Stewards of the Land, written by Edward Willett and illustrated by Val Lawton. The book introduces readers to modern agriculture and farm stewardship. More than 130 classrooms and almost 3,000 students will be taking part in Agriculture Literacy Week this year.
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