At the Sant Lakay, a training course on animal rearing was organized. People from all departments at the center participated in learning how to raise animals in the best and most efficient ways. Over 30 participants were present over the two-week duration of the course. The practical module took place on Thursday 11th April 2013 at the Lakay center. Mr Alcante St Ange, the lead trainer, explained that this course targeted young people fro different Plateau Central communities: “This course was open to all people, regardless of gender or religion. We had 14 boys and 5 girls. Animal rearing is a very important stage in their training. All of these young people are aiming at autonomy, a characteristic of the reality of life on a farm.”
The young people participated in the same training program at the same time, but with sometimes different objectives. During a discussion, some of the participants expressed what was motivating them. Marie Solange Val: “I love raising animals. I am being trained here at the MPP to be able to take better care of my animals and increase productivity. I have also learnt how to make farmers aware of environmental protection.” For others, the course was a way to develop commercial ventures. Joseph Wilson would like to be an entrepreneur: ’I don’t just want to participate in environmental protection, I also want to produce for the whole nation.’
Following the 2 weeks course, a tool kit was given to each of the participants; containing a spade, rake, drill, etc. These tools will enable them to train others in the techniques that they have learnt.
The training programme is at the heart of the MPP’s strategy for social transformation. The students in this third year of the agroecology course spent 2 weeks a month training at the Sant Lakay, giving them a chance to learn the new skills needed to be an autonomous farmer and share their knowledge in their communities. Following the course, the participants hope to have acquired a new vision of agriculture that they can apply at home.