Preparing Agriculture Science Graduates for Extension

Venue: Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

The EXTENSION Workshop will be held at the International Center for Innovative Learning, on the Mango Road behind the Department of Horticulture KNUST, KUMASI, Ghana 

All external participants will be accommodated at the Golden Tulip Hotel. Reservations have been made on a bed & breakfast basis.  

Dates: 27-30 May 2013

Participants are expected to arrive on MAY 26, 2013 for those coming from outside Kumasi, and on May 27 at 8.00am for those coming from Kumasi.  Should you arrive at the airport and find that you have not been met, please look out for a driver with the AGRA Extension Workshop notice. 

Attendance: KNUST Faculty Staff; AGRA staff, MEAS, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Ministry of Food and Agriculture(MOFA), University of Development Studies (UDS) and, University of Cape Coast (UCC), University of Legon,  KNUST PhD Candidates, Engenieers without Borders (EWB)

Introduction:

This workshop is designed to provide people with the understanding and skills essential for solving farm, home, and community problems. The Extension offers educational programs that make use of research findings emanating from universities and agriculture ministries.

This workshop on Preparing Agriculture Science Graduates for Extension is co-sponsored by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)’s Soil Health Program and the USAID Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS), a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Objectives of the Workshop:

  1. Investigate the potential for an Extension Minor as part of the graduate curricula in the agriculture schools of the cooperating universities.
  2. Identify the skills and competencies needed in Extension programming needed by graduates in the agriculture sciences.
  3. Prepare proposed Extension Minor model or models for consideration by the participating universities.
  4. Identifying opportunities for strengthening institutional capacity development at KNUST, SUA and partner delivery universities in mainstreaming extension in their graduate training programs in soil science.

Workshop Presenters (MEAS):

1.   Dr. R. Kirby Barrick, Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida

2.   Dr. Robert Strong, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication, Texas A&M University

 Expected Outcomes:

  • Extension Minor model developed for universities to adapt/adopt
  • Revised curriculum in each university to include Extension component

 

 

DAY 1 : MONDAY, 27 MAY 2013

Time

SESSION

RESPONSIBLE

 

8:00 – 1:00 pm

Registration of Participants

Mary Yaodze

 

8:30 – 10:00 am

Dr. R. Kirby Barrick and Dr. Robert Strong travel to Kumasi

Mary Yaodze

 

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Field visit to an agricultural college in Kumasi

Final Preparation

Dr. Francis Obeng (UDS)/MEAS

1:00 – 2:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

Mary Yaodze

 

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Session I: Welcome

Welcome Remarks

Prof. Robert Abaidoo (KNUST)/ Dr. Marie Rarieya (AGRA)

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Introductions

Participants

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Workshop Overview

Dr. Marie Rarieya (AGRA) & MEAS

3:15 – 4:00 pm

AGRA’s Extension Support Function

Qureish Noordin

4:00 – 4:30 pm

TEA BREAK

Mary Yaodze

 

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Plans for Next Day

MEAS

DAY 2: TUESDAY, 28 MAY 2013

Time

SESSION

RESPONSIBLE

 

8:30 – 9:00am

Official Opening

Prof. Williams Otoo Ellis, KNUST Vice Chancellor

9:00 – 10:00 am

Extension Programs

What are the current programs to prepare field-based extension professionals?

 

What does extension mean to AGRA?

 

MEAS

 

 

Qureish Noordin

10:00 – 10:30 am

What are the experiences and perspectives on current extension programs  in the region

Panelists: Francis Obeng (UDS), Catherine Msuya(SUA), Robert Abaidoo (KNUST), Theophilus Osei Owusu, Deputy Director-MOFA ,UCC

Marie Rarieya

10:30 – 11:00 am

TEA BREAK

Mary Yaodze

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session III: Competencies

What competencies are needed by successful extension professionals?

MEAS

1:00 – 2:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

 

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Session IV: Resources

What resources are available for planning an Extension Education Program?

MEAS

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Wrap–up and Plans for Next Day

MEAS/AGRA

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY, 29 MAY 2013

Time

WORK GROUPS

RESPONSIBLE

 

8:30 – 10:30 am

Session V: Extension Minors

Potential Extension Minor Models

MEAS/AGRA

10:30 – 11:00 am

TEA BREAK

Mary Yaodze

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session V: Extension in the Curricula

Proposing an Extension Component for the Curricula

MEAS/AGRA

1:00 – 2:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

 

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Session VII: Extension in the Curricula

Proposing an Extension Component for the Curricula

MEAS

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Wrap–up and Plans for Next Day

MEAS/AGRA

DAY 4: THURSDAY, 30 MAY 2013

Time

PLENARY

RESPONSIBLE

 

8:30 – 10:30 am

Session VIII: Preparing for the Future

Steps toward implementation

MEAS

10:30 – 11:00 am

TEA BREAK

Mary Yaodze

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Closing Session

AGRA/MEAS

1:00 – 2:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

 

DEPARTURE


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