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 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

 

 

At the end of the summer, when the main crop begins to ripen, the season of fairs usually begins in Belarus, where farmers bring potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples and other vegetables and fruits that are traditional for our area. But in Loev this year the harvest festival has been held unusually, because the main character was a watermelon.

The 2nd open competition of school gardens continues. What do our participants grow in their gardens?

On the last Saturday of August, Loev will receive guests at the holiday “Day of Watermelon and His Friends”. Loev District Executive Committee will support this holiday and it will bring together participants of the “Watermelon and His Friends” initiative, as well as everyone who is interested in this topic.

 

In School gardens, participating in the Initiative “Watermelon and His Friends”, experimental work is in full swing. By mid-June, the first fruits of watermelons appeared on the experimental sites.