WHAT IS THE LEARNING FARM?


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Planting seeds of change


REASON OF EXISTANCE

  • Reducing the number of vulnerable youth
  • Minimizing environmental degradation
  • Improving employable skills of vulnerable youth
  • Reducing rural-urban migration
  • Ensuring food security

VULNERABLE YOUTH

  • They are at risk of being trapped in a cycle of poverty, religious radicalization, drugs, crime, conflict and exposure to HIV/AIDS
  • These factors are particularly critical for males under the age of 30 who comprise 60 percent of the unemployed

 

GOAL
Help vulnerable young men to :

  • Shift their mindset
  • Develop more capability and capacity
  • Increase their productivity


How: Participate in a 15 week residential training program in Maleber, Cianjur where they learn about:

  • Life skills
  • Organic farming
  • Entrepreneurship

 

RECRUITMENT
Where:

  • NGOs
  • Local government
  • Streets
  • Villages
  • Conflict areas
  • Natural disaster areas


Youth learn through:

  • Fieldwork
  • Teamwork
  • Hard work

 

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DAILY SCHEDULE

5 – 7am

Wake up, clean up, have bath, eat breakfast

7am

Morning assembly

7am – 12 noon    

Working in the fields

12 – 1pm

Lunch, rest

1 – 5pm

Computer, English, organic farming theory

6 pm

Dinner

7 pm

Mentoring, handicrafts, rest  


CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

  • On farm curriculum (technical aspects of organic farming) ~ ecosystems, garbage management, composting, creating effective micro-organisms, growing seedlings, using organic pesticides, farm and plot maintenance, livestock management, harvesting, marketing.
  • Non-farm curriculum (other life skills) ~ computer usage, English language, Healthy Body Healthy Mind, business skills, simple economic analysis, meeting facilitation skills, gender equality, social development, paper recycling, handicrafts, etc.
  • Extra curricular activity (based on volunteer visits) ~ first aid training, health issues, AIDS, drugs, hip-hop dance, etc.


LOVING AND TAKING CARE OF THE CROPS

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Nature as therapy, responsibility as teacher



COMMUNICATION SKILLS

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Sharing what they’ve learned builds self-esteem and confidence


Income generation through organic farming

  • Profits defray some training costs
  • Youth learn the needs of running a business


FORMING A COMMUNITY

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PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • 73% of participants graduate
  • 90% of graduates do something positive
  • Reunite with families
  • Take equivalency courses
  • Go back to formal schooling
  • Go on for more training
  • Get jobs
  • Create businesses

Post-program assistance

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Developing new local food sources and enterprises


Community Development

Sarongge Farmers Group
Student Mentoring


WHY IS THE LEARNING FARM IMPORTANT?

  • Increases ecological literacy of a neglected population of vulnerable youth
  • Reconnects youth and communities to the land
  • Promotes community development through organic agriculture

 

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