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

 

 

During the autumn holidays, 40 representatives of schools from Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova gathered for a forum-dialogue “Rural school, school garden and village in the era of globalization”.

The final full-time tour of the II open competition «School garden» as an educational platform for modern safe agricultural technologies» among rural schools of Vitebsk, Gomel and Minsk regions took place in the educational center of Green Cross Belarus (Kryukovschina, Smolevichi district) November 5, 2019. The contest was in the framework of the forum-dialogue «Rural school, school garden and village in the era of globalization».

 

The results of the correspondence stage of the open competition «School Garden» as an educational platform for modern safe agricultural technologies», in which rural schools of Vitebsk, Gomel and Minsk regions take part, are summed up. At this stage, 49 applications have been reviewed. 

 

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.