The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) will disburse a Sh10.4 million grant to 36 schools in eight counties to actualize 4K Club projects in their respective schools.
The Grant Agreement signing ceremony at KCIC’s offices in Nairobi brought together school heads from Meru, Isiolo, Kiambu, Machakos, Uasin Gishu, Bungoma, Kisii, and Kilifi counties.
This signified the start of an ambitious initiative that will redefine agricultural education in the country.
According to a statement by KCIC: “This transformative journey seeks to breathe new life into the iconic 4K Clubs and usher in an era where agriculture is cool, productive, and forward-looking. We plan on extending far beyond the revival of these clubs and aim to revolutionize the way the youth perceive agriculture.”
The organisation will work with educators from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, and the EU-funded AgriBiz programme.
Beyond the grant of KES 10.4 million to the selected schools, KCIC is providing a range of non-financial support. This includes capacity building for school heads, teachers, and 4K/Young Farmer Club patrons, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to guide the next generation of agricultural enthusiasts.
Project supervision, both in the school and at home, will ensure that the initiatives undertaken by the clubs thrive and succeed. Collaboration with county governments will see the organization of 4K/Young Farmer Club shows, showcasing the innovation and creativity of these young farmers. Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects is the organization of study tours for these schools to agricultural institutions. These immersive experiences will expose students to cutting-edge agricultural practices and broaden their horizons, inspiring fresh ideas and insights.
At the Grant Agreement signing ceremony, KCIC CEO, Joseph Murabula, highlighted the importance of growing a love for agriculture in children: “If we can get it right with this demographic, then we might just get a shot at reviving agriculture. Agriculture transcends all disciplines, and it is one foundational knowledge that is critical for every child. We are doing this for the future of the country and the future of our children.”
Photo Courtesy: 4-K Club Kenya