Our Story

We are Start Them Early Program

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Student Trained
378
Teachers Trained
180
Pilot Enterprises
49
Schools Reached

“Our goal is to redirect the aspirations of the young youth towards careers in modern agriculture”

Adedayo Adefioye, STEP Liason Officer

WHO WE ARE

We are developing youths interest in agriculture from a young age. STEP aims at changing the narrative of agriculture for secondary school students and teachers. Our goal is to redirect the aspirations of the young youth towards careers in modern agriculture by exposing them to various viable opportunities within the agri-food value chain system. We bridge the gap in agriculture through technology diffusion introducing a unique agribusiness model, which uses a robust agricultural practical curriculum that builds and sustains the interest of young people in the agricultural sector.

WHAT WE DO

We use an integrated training strategy that responds to the agribusiness needs of students, teachers and their communities. We transfer new technologies and modern techniques in agriculture to families, farmers, and communities, using the trained students and teachers. In most cases, this has translated into more employment opportunities, and improved food productivity and income, especially for families whose sources of livelihood were primarily farming.

OUR FOCUS

We Strengthen

Working with agricultural experts, we strengthen the school's agricultural curricular system and learning modules.

We Provide

We provide an enabling environment to learn modern farming techniques and agribusiness management.

We Upgrade

We assess and upgrade the capacities of the teachers and agricultural instructors in the schools.

We Co-create

Working with schools, we ideate and build student extracurricular club (STEP Young Farmers Club) and its operations.

STEP Addresses 7 of the Global SDG's

In 2012, the United Nations developed the renowned 17 sustainable development goals which were set with the sole purpose of meeting the urgent environmental, political and economic needs of countries of the world. Some of these goals blend closely with what STEP has set out to achieve in Africa.