The Start Them Early Program (STEP), is a collaboration between the Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The programme aims to introduce agribusiness development to secondary school students in Oyo State.
Under the Start Them Early Program, students are trained in various aspects of agribusiness including laboratory science, mechanization, Information Communication Technology (ICT), crop production and value addition.
The Start Them Early Program is currently being run in 7 schools in Oyo State:
Fasola Grammar School, Fasola.
Bishop Phillips Academy, Ibadan.
Methodist High School, Ibadan.
Christ High School, Oleyo.
Adegun Asake Grammar School, Igangan.
Iresaadu High School, Iresaadu.
UMCA Secondary Grammar School, Igbeti.
In order to implement the Start Them Early Program, the chosen schools are renovated and equipped with the relevant facilities. While Fasola Grammar School was renovated and equipped by IITA, the remaining 6 schools are being renovated and equipped by the Oyo State Government under the supervision of IITA.
Below is a slideshow of pictures from Bishop Phillips Academy (first shared on February 2, 2021).
Below is a slideshow of pictures of the ongoing installation of a borehole and burglary proof at Bishop Phillips Academy.
Below is a slideshow of pictures of Methodist High School (shared on February 04, 2021).
Below is a slideshow of pictures of the ongoing installation of a borehole and burglary proof at Methodist High School.
Below is a slideshow of ongoing renovations at Iresaadu High School.
Below is a slideshow with pictures of the ongoing renovations at UMCA Secondary Grammar School.