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Useful, fun learning experiences rouse 4-H Millennials

Sinait, Ilocos Sur - The Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center I (ATI-RTC I) recently conducted the 4th Regional 4-H Youth Camp and Leadership Training in Support to Gender and Development (GAD) at the Sinait National High School, Sinait, Ilocos Sur. With the theme ‘4-H Agrillennials: Stepping Up to the Challenges in Agriculture’, more than a hundred 4-H youngsters including provincial/regional coordinators, and Voluntary Leader Association of the Philippines (VLAP) officers from the four provinces of region I participated in the 3-day event. It was an enriched experience, jam-packed with various activities that showcased and stirred the talents, leadership and collaborative skills of the 4-H’ers.

During the opening ceremonies, ATI-RTC I Training Center Superintendent II, Dr. Rogelio C. Evangelista, expressed his encouragement to the participants. “We want all of you to be of great help to your families. Thus, I encourage you to become partners of agriculture in pursuing sustainable development… Let’s dream the impossible, and make the impossible possible.” Dr. Evangelista says.

Agriculture-inspired challenges, games, group dynamics and lectures were the highlights of the youth camp, which practiced the teamwork, interaction and healthy competition among the 4-H’ers. From OPM singing contest, cultural presentation, empowered quiz bee, on-the-spot canvass painting, extemporaneous speaking, search for Mr. and Ms. 4-H, to lecture-workshops on gender sensitivity and equality, citizen journalism, and parliamentary procedures, the activities got the agrillennials up and moving.

Likewise, the graduates of the Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan (YFFTPJ) have shared their diverse and gratifying experiences to inspire the region’s 4-H club family.

At the end of the historic occasion, Principal Antonio S. Fariñas of Sinait National High School conveyed his heartfelt message to the crowd. “We are very happy and privileged to have all of you in our school for this significant event. I just hope that as members of the 4-H Club, you have learned how to be good leaders and followers tending to agricultural sustainability in our country,” Mr. Fariñas imparts.