Growth, opportunity, innovation, expansion – these are the words that come to mind when I reflect on 2020 and the impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture in the Classroom SK.
In March of 2020, people across Canada were faced with a situation few could have imagined. Schools abruptly closed and learning moved to online and at home. In the daily changing environment, we focused on supporting teachers and parents in their new, unexpected reality. Our team shifted into high gear and adapted existing classroom resources to be suitable to use at home.
As it became clear that the pandemic would affect schools and education for many months to come, we knew that ag education would have to be delivered differently. It would be key to maintain our principles of providing value to teachers, offering experiential learning, and creating connections as we shifted to virtual learning. We grew in our skills and capacity to build and host virtual programs and develop digital resources, enhancing our ability to reach students in remote and rural areas of the province.
We developed a volunteer strategy and took a deep dive into program assessment so that when restrictions lift, we can hit the ground running. The virtual learning framework we have built this past year will complement the in-person programs, and we aim to grow both in the coming years.
As I reflect upon 2020, I could not be more proud of our amazing staff and board members who responded to the ever changing situation with positive attitudes, creative mindsets and the bravery to try new things. I am thankful to teachers who remained committed to bringing agriculture education to their students and leaped into the virtual learning world with us. And without our funding partners, who trusted us to navigate this situation and continued to support our work, we would not have made the advancements we are proud to share with you in this report.
Thank you to everyone for helping 2020 be the year of opportunity for agriculture education.
- Sara Shymko