Introduction to Urban Permaculture – An Initial VET Course
Strategic Partnership in the VET sector.
FGU Aarhus (Denmark)
Other Partners of the consortium:
InterCollege ApS (Denmark)
Central European Chamber of Commerce (Poland)
International Internships (Romania)
Kocaeli İl Milli Eğitim Müdürlüğü – KPDoNE (Turkey)
Permakulture Dalmacija (Croatia)
The project aim: Develop and initiate an introductory course in urban permaculture as part of a wider initial vocational education for learners with fewer opportunities.
The project has been developed based on three trends:
VET trend – is changing from focusing on learning a narrow set of skills for a pre-defined, traditional vocation, to offering broader transversal competencies for a dynamic labour market with transversal sectoral needs.
Demographic trend – EU’s urban population will grow from around 70% in 2020 to over 80% by 2050. A 10% increase in 30 years could result in 45 million more people living in cities across the EU.
Social, Cultural, Political trend – The EU’s urban development policy emphasises an integrated sustainable approach: ‘The various dimensions of urban life – environmental, economic, social and cultural – are interwoven and success in urban development can only be achieved through an integrated approach.’
These principles outlined by the Commission’s compliment and correspond with the emerging trends and grassroots movements of Permaculture
The partners of the project are working together over three years to develop an initial VET course in urban permaculture for learners with fewer educational opportunities (young people who face challenges in engaging in traditional educational routes).
The course will consist of a 15-day training framework with learning objectives, and training methods covering 3 modules:
Module 1: Outdoor Permaculture
Module 2: Indoor Permaculture
Module 3: Urban Wildlife
The course will be published in a PDF teachers manual including:
– A description of the course, and suggestions of its integration into broader VET programmes or its implementation as a standalone short course
– A course framework, including lesson plans, learning objectives, and suggestions for reflections and observations of learning outcomes
– A series of training methods (activities) that use a non-formal learning approach to address the learning objectives of the 3 modules