The STEM in Aquaponic Sustainable Agriculture Project was launched on Grand Bahama at two schools where the pilot programme will teach students valuable skills of a more sustainable and eco-friendly system of food production.
The project – which is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources – was implemented at Eight Mile Rock High School and the Jack Hayward Senior High, in Freeport.
The programme is being launched in seven schools in the Bahamas, including two in Grand Bahama, four in New Providence, and one in North Andros.
Ezralee Rolle, National Youth Development Officer, said the objective is to introduce young people to climate-smart agricultural technology as a means to improve sustainability and build resilient food systems.
“Using Aquaponics in education serves a dual purpose; we are introducing new techniques in farming that provides students with the opportunity for hands on learning at the same time, and we are preparing future practitioners to enter the agricultural sector,” she said.