InnovATE and the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) teamed up to organize and conduct a workshop with support from WINROCK’s Farmer-to-Farmer Program, Principia College, Virginia Tech, and iDE Nepal. Agriculture and natural resource faculty from several institutions across Nepal gathered to learn transformative teaching skills and identify the current issues impacting Nepal’s agriculture and natural resource sectors.
The first three days of the workshop focused on ways to improve teaching effectiveness in agricultural education, and explored strategies for improving program delivery. Hands-on exercises allowed participants to practice teaching syles like project-centered learning, and guide by the side. On the last day, stakeholders from NGOs, donors, projects, private companies, and training programs joined the group to discuss strategies for linking transformative teaching with workforce development. The group also gave input on the educational needs for commercialization of agriculture, and structural changes to support the formation of a proposed teaching and learning center in Nepal.