Tuskegee, Ala. (April 19, 2013) – Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon welcomed 23 university educators and administrators from Senegal today. The delegation is part of a training group for the United States Agency for International Development’s Education and Research in Agriculture program. Participants include representatives from the following Senegalese institutions and programs:
1. Université de Ziguinchor (UZig) – Ziguinchor
2. École Nationale Supérieured’ Agriculture (ENSA) – Thiès
3. InstitutSupérieur de Formation AgricoleetRurale (ISFAR) – Bambey
4. Institut de TechnologieAlimentaire (ITA) – Dakar
5. Centre National de Formation des Techniciens en EauxetForêts, Chasse et ParcsNationaux (CNFTEFCPN) – Djibélor
6. Centre de Formation Professionnelle Horticole (CFPH) – Cambérène
7. Centre National de Formation des Techniciens d’Elevageet Industries Animales (CNFTEIA) - St. Louis
8. Lycée Technique Agricole Emile Badiane (LTAEB) – Bignona
9. AgenceNationale de ConseilAgricoleet Rural (ANCAR)
The group will be here until May 11. During their visit, the delegation will learn about Tuskegee’s partnerships with industry, especially agriculture. According to Thierno Thiam, special assistant to the president for global initiatives and assistant professor of political science, the group will be assigned to various faculty members who will educate them in a variety of areas such as soils, governance and policymaking.
According to Ntam Baharanyi, the principle investigator for the project, the USAID/ERA Senegal project is a five-year initiative to promote adaptation of the principles of the U.S. land-grant model to build human capacity in 11 Senegalese institutions responsible for agricultural education, discovery, and outreach. The project is part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative, an effort to address the underlying causes of hunger and under-nutrition around the world. It is funded at Tuskegee University as a sub-agreement from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
In the first and second years, Tuskegee University focused primarily on activities that included rapid assessments, auto-evaluations, curriculum mapping and development and use of syllabus for student-centered teaching and learning for agriculture education and training (AET) institutions. As part of the third year activities, the Short Technical Training (STT) program is designed to strengthen the capacity of selected AET personnel in the areas of (1) pedagogy/student-centered teaching, (2) advanced farm technical knowledge/GIS application in agriculture, (3) agriculture extension, outreach and community development, (4) student support, entrepreneurship, and career placement services, and (5) online resources.
Senegal delegation listens to presentation.