Project description

Community gardens as urban learning environments for low-threshold lifelong LEARNing ACTivities for sustainable development

‘LEARNACT’ is a working and learning Grundtvig partnership project. By addressing current economic, social and environmental issues, it aims to create lifelong learning opportunities which are open to all citizens and to contribute towards sustainable development in Europe.

LEARNACT will utilise community gardens as a vehicle to realise these goals. Community gardens offer a unique opportunity to create, shape and use urban spaces as learning environments for non-formal and/or informal adult education activities with citizens with different socio-cultural backgrounds.

Community gardens are also ‘real social places’ where the learning process proceeds through ‘learning by doing’. They offer citizens an excellent possibility to acquire and strengthen their civic and social competences and enable them to actively shape their environment and thus contribute to social, ecological and economically sound sustainable development.

Over a period of two years the partner organisations will visit each other to exchange their experiences of learning about sustainable development in community gardens and will present their best practices. Core elements of successful adult education strategies will be identified and the potential for European transfer will be explored.

The learning partnership emphasises a process oriented working style by focusing on the collection of success stories within community gardens. As a result of the partnership, a success-stories-booklet presenting transferable educational approaches will be published for further use as an European learning resource in the field.

This project is financed by the Lifelong Learning Program and it involves 4 partners from 4 different European countries: Verein Interkulturelle Gärten Schweiz (Swiss), Folkodlarna i Skarpnäck (Sweden), Stichting Abela (Netherlands) and Citizens of Europe e. V. (Germany).

With support of the European Commission


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