Can you dig it?

Agri Aware has launched a new curriculum-linked educational resource for primary schools across Ireland called ‘Dig In’.

This key resource will enable primary-level students to learn about life on the farm and in the countryside and the importance of the Irish agri-food industry in delivering safe, quality and traceable food that is affordable and of the highest standard.

It was launched this week by Tom Hayes, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The ‘Dig In’ resource has four modules, encompassing the needs of all classes, from junior infants to sixth class. Each module has 19 lesson plans that focus on various aspects of farming; including the countryside, farm and electrical safety, the environment, sustainability, food security, agriculture in Africa and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The material in ‘Dig In’ is directly linked to the science, geography and social, personal and health education curricula in primary schools.

Agri Aware chairman Bernard Donohue said Agri Aware’s ‘Dig In’ is an educational resource, which provides information on farming, food and the countryside.

“It encourages children to learn about the connection between the farm and the food they eat. It is crucial that children appreciate the vital role that agriculture plays in our daily life and the importance of CAP in ensuring food affordability, security and quality and in maintaining a beautiful green countryside which is enjoyed by everyone. CAP also ensures the highest animal welfare and environmental standards.”

Speaking at the launch Minister Hayes said: “I would encourage all teachers to cover the lesson plans on farm safety contained in ‘Dig In’. It is important that all children are made aware of the dangers present on farm and I am delighted that the farm safety topics covered in this publication include the dangers of silage/slurry pits and tractor safety. Students should also learn how the CAP affects everyone that eats food.”

The delivery of this important educational resource was co-financed by the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development and supported by Agri Aware’s patrons, the Irish Farmers Association and FBD.

Teachers wishing to avail of Agri Aware’s ‘Dig In’ resource pack should contact Agri Aware at 01 4601103 or email: [email protected]. Further details are also available at www.agriaware.ie/CAP.

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