Agriculture Principles and Practices
Agriculture is the mainstay for the economic growth and development of many developing countries including Uganda. For instance up to about 80 percent of Uganda population find their livelihood basically from agriculture. There is, therefore, an urgent need to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes of the indigenous Ugandan (as agricultural professionals and farmers). These Ugandans need the critical necessary skills and knowledge in agriculture. This is required to facilitate and enhance the crucial role agriculture plays in National development.
To achieve the above strategic objectives, the Uganda government has made considerable investment in Agriculture curriculum development, teaching materials, and teacher training so as to improve the teaching and learning of Agriculture. This is supported by NCDC publication of the Ordinary Level Agriculture Teaching Syllabus of 2008.
Currently, formal agricultural education is offered at University, Agricultural Colleges and Secondary Schools under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and Sports.
The central aim of the Agriculture curriculum/Syllabus at the basic or secondary school level is to train students in the basic principles of agriculture, provide avenues for the development of their skills and change the attitudes of the young children towards agriculture. This is strongly derived from the reason that the future generation of farmers, value-chain actors and agriculturists will need basic scientific, technical agricultural, managerial and entrepreneurial skills to compete in the expanding agricultural and global economy.