I was with a group of stakeholders in agriculture. We have a half day free day and decided to do something about it. Majority went to an adventure park, our group went to a farm that is an ATI-accredited Learning Site while another group opted to just sleep and laze the afternoon away. When we all came back, we eagerly shared what we experienced.
When the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) is trailblazing on the use of social media as an advocacy front of all their training and extension services – a few are adamant on the effectivity of the platform, however, many are delighted because of the usability and handiness of such.
I will not be writing about witches here as the title connotes and I will not mention my impression nor appreciation with the phenomenal song "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked, composed by Stephen Schwartz, which was originally recorded by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth on May 10, 2003, and released on December 16, 2003, since the song was already a certified hit both here and abroad.
Jiddu Krishnamurti’s quote about education touched me. He said: “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”
These words reverberates my sanity. It may sound cliché but for me it means a lot. Krishnamurti, who was a speaker and writer on matters that concerned humankind, has a point that he wanted us to ponder.
We remember the story of a man who rode on a horse-drawn cart, settled and closed his eyes to nap for a while. He assumed that the hotel had informed the driver of his destination so he only said, "Hurry and drive fast!" Later he realized they were heading the other way. So, he asked, "Do you know where we're going?" Still driving fast, the driver yelled, "No Sir, but I'm driving very fast!"
We are in big hurry these days but we are not going no-where. There are just so much to accomplish but we have to be extra-careful not to overspeed. Working late is just an option.
So we got invited to witness how ATI Regional Training Center in Calabarzon held their blended course on goat management with the students of Batangas State University – Lobo Campus. Our KM Coordinators from the ATI Training Centers are given leeway to innovate in promoting and conducting e-learning in their own respective areas. This time, KM Coordinator Dr. Rolando Maningas, (whom we fondly call Doc Olan) from ATI RTC IV-A partnered with BSU in Lobo, Batangas for their students taking up BS Agriculture and BS Forestry.
Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.