Hagåtña, GUAM – On May 08, 2017, the 4-H Youth Development Program greeted C. L. Taitano’s ASPIRE Students at Fisherman’s Co-Op in Paseo Park, Hagåtña, Guam.
ASPIRE is an afterschool program that offers supplemental instruction program the with both advanced instruction and remediation in the areas of English Language, Art, Math, and other selected subjects after regular school hours. The 4-H Youth Development Program visits the school twice a week focusing on Garden Maintenance and Fisheries Workshops.
On this day, the 4-H Youth Development Program scheduled ASPIRE’s Part 1 for their Fisheries to Fishermen’s Co-Op at Paseo Park in Hagåtña, Guam. During this field trip for ASPIRE Fisheries, 4-H aimed to teach the students about the different types of fish, different fishing techniques and how to properly cut the fish into sashimi.
During every workshop with 4-H the program instills Life Skills through its learning and activity portions. Throughout this event 4-H selected Life Skill Learning to Learn. Through the Life Skill 4-H creates the opportunity for students to use their senses to gain new information and process it for them to better retain it, upon learning they will be able to understand the meaning of what is being taught, and inquire their mentors in order to gain more knowledge on the subject.
As the workshop began these bright students were able to name each fish presented to them. All the while learning the physical traits of the fish that can determine whether they are deep sea fish or prefer the evening over the day time. Afterwards the students were able to get a first-hand view of how to prep a fish into sashimi. As, Manager of Fisherman’s Co-Op Mike Duenas, scaled, halved, and cut the fish into pieces the students learned the process, the anatomy of the fish and the proper names for each cut.
Hagåtña, GUAM – On May 16, 2017, the 4-H Program continued the second field trip for CL Taitano’s ASPIRE Program. A young group of students ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade joined 4H at Paseo Park to join in on the Fisheries Workshop. During this event ASPIRE students completed their journey with 4-H’s Fisheries events. On this field trip the students were able to learn different fishing techniques such as casting and talåya along with the importance of Coastal Management.
Learning to Cast
Casting, also known as Rod and Reel, is a great way for youth to learn how to fish. This technique is perfect for our island’s waters and provides the students with the opportunity to absorb fishing as they see it in movie and books. However, the technique to Casting requires the students to maintain focus and patience. Casting is extremely great for children to learn because it allows the child to become in control of their emotions. They learn how to deal with patience, excitement, boredom, at a very young age. Casting allows adults and children to build skills and techniques that will better them at decision making, gathering their personal thoughts and creating skills to build a lifelong hobby. Upon learning casting the students get the opportunity to learn about the different fish, coastal environment, water safety, and abundant underwater life we have here on Guam and around the world.
Learning the Talåya
During the field trip the students also learned how to handle and use a fishing net, or better known in Chamorro as Talåya. By teaching the students about circular net fishing, we were able to incorporate ancient Chamorro and Pacific Island cultures into the learning material. The Talåya allows the children to learn a style that all pacific islands use. This form of fishing was introduced during the Japanese era and has further embedded itself into the cultural fishing practices of neighboring islands. By
teaching the students the talåya the 4-H Program was able to instill Life Skills that will better the children in the future. Through Life Skills Wise Use of Resources & Self-Motivation the students were able to learn the importance of the talåya, how to hold it, and how to use it. Instilling these Life Skills as well as the ability to use the talåya, the students are able to learn how to use their resources wisely. Thus, creating the perfect opportunity for the students to want to learn the proper way to use the talåya and practice the technique. After learning this, the students realized early on that it the talåya is a bit more difficult than they expected, but through Self- Motivation the students did not become discouraged and quit, but were eager to continue learning and practicing.
Upon teaching the students the common techniques of fishing, 4-H took this opportunity to teach the students about coastal management. The importance of teaching the students about coastal management is to have them understand that no matter what, we must have responsible citizenship. The reason we perform this Life Skill is to better our environment and our community by picking up trash. Littering is an issue that our small island deals with, instilling responsible citizenship and having the students understand the importance of Coastal Management will teach the children early on to take care of their surroundings and to take initiative when they do see that something is not where it belongs. Coastal management is a vital part in taking care of our local community, the beaches, parks and oceans are not only favorite spots for tourists and locals, but having a clean environment provides safe and healthy areas for all living things both on land and in the water.
The 4-H Program targets to provide positive influence on the young students to be able to evaluate and use information along with understanding the methods and skills necessary for learning. Moreover, the 4-H Program aims to provide different ways of intellectual activities such as today’s field trip that include hands-on activities for students to provide better environments to learn and expand their knowledge, strengths, and skills.