“DEveloping interdisciplinary Methodologies in Education Through Enhanced Relationships between schools and farms”, the full title of the project, is a sentence that expresses how the partnership interprets the need to accompany the use of technology at school with the use of natural settings and inspiration provided by one of the first activity of the history of man: agriculture. The farm setting is ideal for fostering motivation, interest and a deeper learning. Skills-related memories from planting, smelling and walking around a farm, doing experiments and using language are harder to forget. Cognitive memories from the classroom are more likely to be forgotten.
Furthermore, all the partners come from rural areas and are interested in giving new impulses to local communities by fostering the relations among all the components of their systems (schools, business, and public authorities). Children needs to be educated to appreciate the beauty of the places they live and see the resources available. This will stimulate in the future their participation in the local community, and their entrepreneurship as well, thus helping prevent depopulation of rural areas.
The general objective is to improve the quality of school education provision by an increasing collaboration between schools and farms.
Specific objectives defined by the partners are:
to increase the experience of farms into the school curriculum in the framework of a wider path of education to food, respect for the environment, health
to improve the teaching skills among school teachers and educational farm operators by exchanging, consolidating and developing methodologies appropriate to a farm experience
to create synergies among education, institutions, business and research for the improvement of education.
The main expected results will be the development of 2 innovative outputs:
Toolkit for an interdisciplinary teaching methodology based on the collaboration between schools and farms; it will be realized in 4 languages (English, Swedish, Italian and Portoguese) and it will contain all the practices divided for subjects that can be carried out in a school year with the collaboration of farmers
Guidelines aimed at facilitating the use of the above mentioned toolkit in other schools and countries.