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Tool Kit

Agriculture - Biodiversity

 

Children and Biodiversity.
Primary education

by Grassland and Pasture Crops Group
Crop and Grassland Service (AGPC)
Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP)
FAO
Rome, 2003
http://www.fao.org/wfd/children_2004_en.asp#child1
and also in FAO Grassland Web site
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/pasture/spectopics/illustbook.htm

More than 40 percent of the earth’s surface is used for agriculture. This places a large responsibility on farmers and their families to protect the precious resources on which they depend. Since one of the best ways to learn good agricultural practices is in the classroom itself, FAO has prepared a series of booklets and teacher’s guides on Agriculture Practices, Biodiversity and Environmental Education. Each book covered a particular agro-ecological zone.
The purpose of the booklets is to explain the links between the environment and the agro-pastoral practices used by farming families and communities. The booklets will teach them how nature works, what their local natural resources are and how these resources can be used in a sustainable manner. In this way, the booklets will encourage young people to appreciate their environment and become responsible for it by protecting and improving the productivity of their land and sharing what they learn within their communities.
The booklets are in a “comic book” format to make learning and teaching easier and more attractive. Each chapter includes a series of exercises and activities designed to stimulate the students’ imaginations and to record their own experiences and what they have learned from the chapter. The booklets are produced in international languages (Arabic, French, English) and contain illustrations of local landscapes, animals and vegetation. Local teachers and sociologists helped to provide appropriate descriptions of people’s physical features, dress, housing and social behaviour.
From the webpage is it also possible to visit some links that provide a selection of other educational websites aimed at raising the awareness of children and youth on issues related to biodiversity and agriculture.

Related links

Selected links of other educational websites aimed at raising the awareness of children and youth on issues related to biodiversity and agriculture.
http://www.fao.org/wfd/children_2004_en.asp#child6

The “Savannah Lifestyles” was used in the context of the curriculum/syllabus for Standard 6 and 7 in Kenyan Primary Schools: Science

Grassland Web site for other publications and training materials of the AGPC Service, Grassland and Pasture Crops Group
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/pasture/pasture.htm
http://www.fao.org/ag/grassland.htm

Contact: Batello Caterina, Grassland and Pasture Crops Group
Crop and Grassland Service (AGPC)
Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP)
FAO
Via delle Terme di Caracalla 00100
Rome, Italy Caterina.batello@fao.org

 

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