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

 

 

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.

 

Pupils of the "Grigore Vieru" Primary School in the city of Stefan-Voda, Republic of Moldova, together with their teacher, Mrs. Galina Iuraș, decided to hurry the arrival of spring in their school by planting flowers - the spring messengers.

To conduct an onion experiment in the last weeks of February, the team of the "School Garden" project prepared and sent out a set of seeds and teaching materials for participating schools.