More teachers and students will receive information about agriculture after a $10,000 donation to AgScape by Syngenta.
“We are incredibly thankful for this generous gift from Syngenta,” says Glenna Banda, outgoing executive director of AgScape. “With their support of our Teacher Ambassador Program, we were able to deliver agriculture and food lessons on topics such as biotechnology, environmental initiatives and local food to more than 800 additional students across Ontario this past school year.”
AgScape’s Teacher Ambassador Program (TAP) places Ontario Certified Teachers, who are specially trained by AgScape, directly into Grade 7 to 12 classrooms to teach students about 12 different agriculture related topics.
Increased awareness of agri-food careers among students has been another significant benefit of AgScape’s in-class lessons. Surveys taken by students after the TAP lessons reported that 77 per cent of them agreed that the agri-food sector offers a variety of career opportunities (compared to only 51 per cent prior to the lesson).
“The agri-food sector is rich with exciting careers to pursue. We’re pleased to provide support for AgScape’s Teacher Ambassador Program and to bring agriculture alive in Ontario classrooms. Today’s youth will be the workforce of the future and will play an important role in shaping the agri-food sector,” says Christina Stroud, head of corporate affairs, Syngenta Canada.