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AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOLS
involved in the program
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Supports agricultural schools in the process of adjusting their educational offerings to local economic needs, with an emphasis on students’ acquiring a set of skills that will allow them to become future farmers and small and medium entrepreneurs in agriculture. The program has a substantial practical component and includes tight cooperation with the local communities.

CONTEXT

As entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized viable businesses grow in rural areas, reinventing agricultural high schools can support the professionalization of future generations of farmers and entrepreneurs in agriculture.

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Agricultural High Schools map

STRATEGY

The program brings together a consortium of five organizations, whose long-term vision is to turn agricultural schools into strong partners for designing and implementing local economic strategies. Schools are thus educational hubs for communities and serve as a nursery for future small and medium-sized entrepreneurs in agriculture.

The program is built on this initial assessment and includes four major intervention pillars for the eleven schools:

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Increasing the capacity of schools to provide programs relevant to the development of students' technical and entrepreneurial skills
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Supporting schools in promoting their educational offerings and results in the community in order to attract more and better motivated students.
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Increasing schools' capacity to attract additional resources to meet the needs of students, schools and the community.
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Better collaboration between school and other local actors (authorities, farmers, etc.) for quality education relevant to local development.

The program includes a program for entrepreneurial education (JAR), study tours to allow students to explore how real agribusinesses operate, facilitating internships within local businesses and farms, support for promoting the school in the community (WVR, Civitas), and preparing schools to attract additional funding for their own education projects (CEED).

CRPE also pursues the documentation and promotion of the program in order for its best practices to be taken over in public policies and expanded nationally.

In the long rung, we would like to see a network of 30-40 high schools with a good geographical distribution, having relevant and good quality educational offers, well connected with the local business, recognized as an important player for the community development and supported by local authorities, considered an attractive option and a reference point in their county for all those young people (and their families) interested to take a career in agriculture.

Testimonials

Junior Achievement România aims at training young people for a professional and personal life in a market economy. At the individual level, we want students who attend our programs to develop their entrepreneurial skills and take into account becoming entrepreneurs in their regions, mostly rural areas, as a potential career. Some of them, about 15% according to the research, will even succeed in their businesses, while others will have become highly employable and will grow into competent employees. Opening new businesses will contribute to the development of the local economy and diminish migration in the areas these students come from.

Victor Dumitrache
Junior Achievement România

Collective impact and complementary interventions by all organizations in the consortium make up a new approach which is bound to leave a strong impression on all groups we have been working with: young people, teachers and the community.

Crenguța Bărbosu
Senior Program Manager, World Vision Romania

As this project is only beginning and, more importantly, it is a pilot project, we believe that new perspectives are about to be discovered, together with the help of all stakeholders involved in the process – facilitators, students, teachers and farmers. Until now, the most valuable perspective we have discovered was the need, acknowledged by both teachers and students, to change Romanian vocational education. This view was apparent from the beginning, but it has become more obvious as the program advances and all stakeholders are involved in the participatory learning process; all of us have the same wish – to increase the students’ entrepreneurial capacities as they go through this system which is so different from anything else they have experienced.

Carmen Ciobanu
Fundația Civitas

Results

+60
teachers
and +1,000 students in the program (2014-2017)
+100
farms and local businesses
involved by schools and partners in educational activities (2014-2017).
5
new schools
joined the program in 2018.
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