Preserving common resources is more than ever an imperative of a modern agriculture. Agricultural trainings in European schools provide improved agricultural technologies but also develop farming that is sustainable and which promotes animal welfare, nutrition and health food. This project is aimed at studying, on small territories, the harmonious coexistence between specific economic agricultural activities, the management of a natural park with wildlife conservation and sustainable leisure’s activities.We want to study how it’s possible to generate economic resources and synergies.
We, the 3 agricultural and vocational school partners from France, Italy and Poland are really sharing a common motivation. Groups of minimum 15 or 16 students (17-to-19) take part in the school exchanges. They will act as ambassadors for the initiative. For the mobilities, two teachers take part, the English teacher and a vocational teacher. Voluntary teachers will be welcome to get support with learning activities and to take part to workshops. In each mobility and through the learning platform, various experts, technicians, farmers, producers take part as full stakeholders as the sharing of their knowledge and competences is one of the main motives for participants.
We Share The Land is about training and teaching strategies to help students keep agriculture on track! Students, teachers and local partnerships (farmers, producers, public institutions, etc.) explore questions related to these issues to experience, compare and share their own and other countries’ practices. The first priority is to acquire new professional skills and a better understanding of the different people living on and from a land is our leading common thread. The objective is also to help students’ career choice by meeting numerous professionals.
Quality improvement institutions and methods is a second priority for us. The agricultural-related subjects foster multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches. It gives the opportunity to include the project in its respective school project, official curricula and to stimulate other teachers to use the learning material created and to do similar projects.
Teaching and learning of foreign languages is also a priority. Activities ensure intensive use of English to promote the use of CLIL and increases language competence. We hope the confidence and skills acquired during this two years will enhance participants’ European dimension, help students for their job purposes and teachers to make further progress in didactic activities.
Each partner prepares a short week to experience the synergies on the studied territory. -land to feed mankind: visit several farms and local producers to learn more about agricultural practises, exchange and compare their mutual knowledge. Some visits are led by students after a preparatory work. -land to maintain, protect and reintroduce wildlife: visit a regional park and be explained the rules and the management and the possible economic resources to get a better significance of biodiversity and to grasp the differing interests with farming management. -land as leisure activities area, sustainable tourism: to get an entrepreneurial understanding of what it means to work in this sector by attending leisure’s activities planned by students. -attend lessons in the host school, at the laboratory, in the stables, in the school dairy farm, etc. with the other participants or pupils not participating to the mobilities. -pupils will be responsible of tasks in group (films, reports, news article for dissemination, etc.) to gain self-confidence and skills in management and communication. -intensive interchanging using computer tools on Twinspace. Different class groups are included to this activity. Preparatory work, learning material, exchange ideas on various issues will be asked every 6 week to stimulate curiosity.
KA229 partnership programme gives schools a rewarding opportunity to cooperate for innovation and to exchange good practices and thus enables us to strenghten our European heritage and dimension for future. Possibilities offered by this new international partnership and active communication to make and maintain contacts and develop new ones on the same topics will sustain the logic of the project lasting 2 years.