In a developing country like Dahomey, there is a vital need to harness the energies of the young people, and develop their skills.
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MV Group listen to instructor
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Background: In a developing country like Dahomey, there is a vital need to harness the energies of the young people, and develop their skills.
This has been done in the Dahomey rural areas, which face problems of rural de-population and unemployment, by creating Young Farmers' Clubs.
At Allada, in the Department Atlantique, their club has been particularly successful.
The boys cultivate rice, maize and root crops, and gain an insight into the latest agricultural techniques. The club helps to motivate and give a sense of direction to these young Africans, who have just completed their schooling. They help to run it, while getting all the practical instruction they need from teachers.
The Allada Club has been so successful that a parallel club for girls has been created. In it young girls learn to do all kinds of house-work, and they also prepare pineapple syrup, which is marketed commercially by the club.
There are now about fifty of these Agricultural Clubs for boys and three for girls in Dahomey, all of them springing from a 1966 project of the Rural Development Service. They have ben encouraged by the Government, and by United Nations Agencies.
The boys and girls in the clubs have the "Four D's" for their motto - Decision, Duty, development, and Dahomey. In other words, they say, "We have taken the decision to do our duty, for the economic development of Dahomey".