The International Technical Assistance Project

«School Garden»

Network of Business Incubators for the development of modern agricultural entrepreneurship,

professional and social growth of young people in poor and suffering rural communities

 

The International Technical Assistance Project funded by the European Union and co-funded by the International Green Cross, registered with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus № 2/18/000894, 25.06.2018.

The abbreviation: EU4Youth: «School Garden» for the development of Agricultural Entrepreneurship

Duration: 48 months (2018-2022)

The partners:

  • Green Cross Ukraine
  • Public Association «National Environmental Center» (Moldova)
  • Fondazione Giovanni Paolo II (Italy)

 

Overall objective:

 To foster the employability and active participation of young people residing in disadvantaged rural areas (incl. the Chernobyl one) in society and economy by developing modern labourskills, supporting them in becoming leaders / entrepreneurs and promoting new professional opportunities among them

 

The main idea of the project:

  • To help the school grounds «School Gardens» to find a modern educational and social role,
  • To incorporate them into the global educational and economic environment,
  • To increase the culture of the young generation in the field of healthy nutrition,
  • To give impetus to the spread of efficient and safe agrotechnologies.

Specific objectives:

1. To build capacity of rural schools with gardens to become business-incubators for teaching and practicing modern techniques of high-value added agricultural production to young people in poor rural areas  

2. To enhance management capacities, skills and knowledge of all the phases of organic farming and business of disadvantaged youngsters in rural areas towards the creation of new sustainable rural employment opportunities

3. To foster cooperation between business-incubators, local communities, regional / national educational /vocational institutions, labour and food market actors; to integrate them into a common educational and economic environment

 

 

For the third year, those who are engaged in the development of school gardens, promote the ideas of organic farming and teach students agricultural techniques and the basics of rural business, meet at the International Dialogue Forum to exchange experiences and be inspired by new ideas.

You can have a rest in summer in different ways: in your grandmother's garden, on a river or lake bank, in health or thematic summer camps. This year, the children from 12 rural schools have been lucky to visit the amazing green world of the educational centre “Ecology and Health” under the NGO “Green Cross Belarus” (GCB). In the first ten days of August, an educational session “School Garden” was held.

Pupils from some schools in Gomel oblast began running their own subsidiary plots on the school grounds last year. Social beds is the name of this initiative which appeared as part of the International Green Cross SocMed Programme.

School teachers from the Homieĺ, Viciebsk and Minsk regions have attended training seminars on organic agriculture organised by the EU4Youth programme on 15-16 January.

An experiment aimed at researching different varieties of onions, launched in February, is continuing in Belarusian schools.

 

Throughout March and April, the participants of the «School Garden» network received planting material, agricultural equipment and additional equipment for the agricultural season 2020.

 

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