Our very last day up north was spent at a children's home called Otino Waa. We got the opportunity to teach a science class to a group of students there. Field of Hope visited a few months prior and helped the students start a garden. In Uganda, and much of the developing world, agriculture is often stigmatized, and kids avoid pursuing a career in this area. Agriculture is not taught much in schools, either. By coming in and teaching the class about farming and agricultural science, Field of Hope has been able to encourage and inspire kids to become more interested in agriculture.
Students performing "Cloud in a Bottle" Experiment.
We began teaching the class by doing a Noble Academy experiment with the students. We did the "Cloud in a Bottle" experiment and explained to them the importance of clouds and rain to agriculture. We first demonstrated the experiment in front of the class and then went around the room to let different groups of students participate in the experiment. It was a great way for the kids to get involved.
Students showing their garden.
After that part of the class, we had the students take us out to their garden, which they had been tending over the past few months. Each row in the garden had a different group of students taking care of it, so we went down each row and asked the students about what they've been doing to take care of their row. The students were genuinely interested and eager to tell about what they've been doing. I loved getting to see the garden and getting to see the students' excitement about agriculture. Most are unaware of its significance and just need someone to show them just how interesting agriculture can be.
Hilary Gibson is a 2015 Noble-Watoto Fellow working at Watoto Child Care Ministries in Uganda. Gibson is from Shawnee, Oklahoma, and has one more semester left in the master of international agriculture program at Oklahoma State University, where she focuses on trade and ethics.