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4-H plan to reach more youth

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THE BARBADOS 4-H Foundation is focused on developing community clubs across the island as it seeks to preserve its future.
So said chairman Osmond Harewood while speaking to the media yesterday at the foundation’s Crumpton Street headquarters, where just over two dozen of its members who sat this year’s Common Entrance Examination were presented with educational kits that included school supplies.
Harewood said most secondary schools did not have 4-H Clubs and, as a result, the foundation was dedicated to developing community clubs.
In addition to clubs at primary schools, he said, there were presently nine community clubs in the island and 4-H-ers entering secondary schools would be able to continue their stint with the club by joining groups in their catchment area.
“Once there is a community club, we are asking persons to come and volunteer their services in the activities. We are asking the leaders of those same community clubs to identify [resource] people within the community and ask them to give a few hours of their time to work with the youngsters,” he said.
The chairman added that while the 4-H Foundation was also affected by the current economic climate, the charitable organization was seeking to generate revenue and would therefore pay special attention to its catering centre, rabbitry project and seed store.
“We are pushing those areas that generate income to help sustain the movement. Those small areas that can create an income; we would be looking to push,” he said.
Giving advice to the students starting a new chapter in the next two weeks, Harewood encouraged them to use the principles they learned at 4-H meetings to help them stay focused and urged them to take their education seriously. (AH)

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