4 H in Belmopan offering a ray of hope for our many youths Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:00

At the start of the new school year the National 4-H Youth Development Center, located at the National Agriculture Show Grounds in Belmopan will soon be inviting students from around the country to apply and learn life-long skills on agriculture. The well maintained Center which is managed by the Department of Youth in the Ministry of Education will be sending the invites to potential students in May of this year.

We visited the National 4-H Youth Development Center’s five acre grounds on Friday of last week, where we found lecturer Elvira Pinelo giving a tour to students on how to harvest crops. Alongside the crops area is a recently constructed Bell Tunnel that has been provided by the Department of Agriculture to give plants an optimum growing environment.

Not too far away from the agricultural grounds is a spacious basketball court built by the Belize Natural Energy to keep students active during leisure time.

The Manager of the National 4-H Youth Development Center Luke Ramos has told us that the benefits of agriculture to Belize are huge; especially for our young people. 

“We want to encourage the youths, especially rural youths, who already have a farm setting,” says Ramos, who now maintains an active Facebook Page under the ‘National 4-H Youth Development Center.’
For employees at the center, like Ernesto Thimbrel, who is the agriculture Career Guidance and Placement Officer, the 4-H Center offers a great opportunity to work with youths and to find them a place of employment in the private sector after the completion of their 10 month course. Students at the center pay no tuition as the career building National 4-H Youth Development Center is fully supported by the Government of Belize, working along with many of its development partners.

We found that this pioneering 4-H training center, within easy reach of Belmopan City has a huge potential for continued growth and to contribute to the National food basket. The good news now is that school will re-start on September 12th of this year, bringing in a new ray of hope for our very youthful population.