CABTS hosted a meeting on how to implement the Million-Vocational-School-Graduates Project from November 4 to 5, 2012, in Weifang of Shandong province.
Zhuang Wenzhong, Deputy Director General of Agriculture Department of Shandong province, Liu Jie, Division Chief of Rural Education of Ministry of Education, Professor Zhu Qizhen of China Agriculture University, CABTS Executive President Wang Shoucong, Vice President Guo Zhiqi and Qi Guo, as well as presidents of 27 provincial ABTSs attended the meeting.
At the meeting, Vice President Guo Zhiqi fully approved the results achieved by the Project in past seven years, which inspired a path of farmers’ education and training of Chinese characteristics. Farmers have always been the target of the Project, and were trained for better production and management skills. It focused on improving farmers’ comprehensive capacity, and accordingly increasing their income generation ability. The teaching programs were designed to be close to the farmers, rural life and agriculture, and were delivered to the front door of farm households with rather flexible time schedules. Great efforts have been made on trainers’ capacity building and improving teaching infrastructure, which laid a good foundation for fostering new-type professional farmers.
Liu Jie appreciated CABTS’s role in the Project, and believed that given its special features, farmers’ education and training have to combine class-room lectures with practice and be flexible in time schedules. CABTS would play a bigger role if vocational school students would enjoy more preferential policies and subsidies from the state. Such policy breakthroughs would greatly push forward the development of vocational education in China. Therefore, it turns out to be a historic mission for education and agriculture authorities to jointly tackle with.
In his speech, CABTS Executive President Wang clearly pointed out that nine components are essential for the building of farmers’ vocational education system in China. First, precise orientation, based on the strategic importance of farmers’ vocational education, social needs for it and its public nature. Second, clearly-defined target and objectives, i.e. only farmers will be included in the Project, and they will be trained into educated farmers who are sound in technical can management skills. Third, practical teaching contents that are closely related with farmers’ real life. Forth, flexible time schedules to meet the farmers’ needs. Fifth, teaching infrastructure building for classroom lectures, on-air lectures, mobile lectures and field lectures. Sixth, performance evaluation system. Seventh, one dominant teaching institution, supplemented by other players. Eighth, reinforced teaching management so as to improve overall performance. Ninth, supportive and guarantee system.
Participantss also visited the classrooms and experiment bases of Puji ABTS, Jiaozhou city of Shandong province, and had on-site discussions with the faculty and students.