Gems from the Archives – 23 4H boys and girls

The 4-H organization started in the US at the beginning of the 20th century. The original intention behind its launch was to provide practical and hands-on learning, that would connect public school education with rural life because it was realized that young people were more open to new discoveries in agriculture then the adults.

Club work was started by public-spirited individuals.   The 4-H movement in St. Kitts made its appearance in the 1960s.  Its local organizer was Basil Henderson.  It aimed to help young persons develop skills in agriculture, animal husbandry  home economics, woodwork, dress making, the beautification  of villages, and to encourage community service.  A pamphlet entitled 4-H and Youth in St. Kitts claimed that there were 14 clubs in St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla.  4-Hers wore uniforms, at a time when school uniforms only existed in the private schools. They attended regular meeting often held in village schools. Annual events included a cricket competition among all 4-H clubs in the state, a garden competition, aquatic and athletic sports meets. and the annual convention.