We believe that we can all act in favor of sustainable development and want to share our ideas with young people
We are alarmed by the shrinking biodiversity, lack of vital resources, such as clean water and fertile soils, in many regions of the globe. We can already observe the negative consequences on the living conditions and food security for millions of people.
Could this reality check lead to fatalism? Not with us! We strive to help young people to broaden their horizons, share our passion for organic horticulture and prosper with their families and communities.
We believe that vocational education and training is the right tool to effectively equip young people with a combination of the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed in the reality of today’s labour markets.
We also believe that entrepreneurial skills are a necessity to identify market opportunities, create businesses (and jobs), and to ensure financial self-sufficiency.
A concept inspired by the best practices in organic horticulture and vocational education and training.
We provide organic horticulture training programmes in collaboration with local vocational education schools, horticulture companies and other relevant stakeholders.
Depending on the context and existing capacities, we offer training and knowledge exchange workshops to teach staff, new learning and planting materials and infrastructure improvements. We support the school staff to build a network of private sector stakeholders to offer apprenticeship opportunities for trainees and jobs to graduates.
At the end of each project period, the vocational education school will have the capacity to continue offering the programme by itself.
We want to share the knowledge and practice of organic horticulture to vocational education centres.
Organic horticulture focuses on ecosystem management rather than the use of chemical agricultural inputs, such as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. It aims to protect long-term soil fertility and prevent pests and diseases. Ultimately, organic horticulture promotes health, equality and care for all living things and future generations.
Benefits of organic horticulture crops are better known by consumers
There are more market opportunities for farmers using organic crops
There are more vocational education centres offering courses in organic horticulture
Trainees produce high quality organic crops and become ambassadors of organic farming
Organic farming is an alternative to conventional agriculture and contributes to coping with the challenges of the climate change worldwide
We believe vocational education can help young people to build critical job skills and realize their professional dreams in the field of organic horticulture.
Our projects leverage experience from the vocational education and training programmes in countries like Switzerland and Germany. They are based on a dual track system which combines practical training with theoretical instruction. The apprentices, or trainees, work on a part-time basis in a host company and take classes at a vocational education school the rest of the week. In this way, the graduates not only have knowledge in organic horticulture but also work experience with key companies in the sector.
- Young people gain practical experience through apprenticeships in organic horticulture organisations or companies
- Teachers and staff of training centres are exposed to new learning methods and knowledge from regional and international institutions and experts
- More local organisations become centres of excellence in organic horticulture
- Companies and organisations in horticulture find qualified and competent
We want to introduce young people to the labour market reality and offer them tools to become successful entrepreneurs.
Horticulture is a labour intensive sector with high growth potential. It can provide job opportunities as well as creative space for entrepreneurial initiatives. This is why, we will add entrepreneurship, management, English courses and individual coaching to the organic horticulture curriculum.
- Young people have an entrepreneurial mindset and are comfortable exploring different labour markets and job opportunities
- Young people are ready to set up their own enterprises and create jobs
- Young people can identify and seize organic market opportunities