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The Erasmus + Ecofar project aims to prepare educational content for the successful operation of eco-farmers.

Institute of Contemporary Technologies of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Maribor hosts the second international meeting of Erasmus + two-year Ecofar project. The project, which lasts from October last year and is funded by the European Commission, is aimed at students and students – future and existing eco farmers, young entrepreneurs, teachers and educators, professional centers …

Projects related to practice

The project raises awareness among young eco farmers about how to find their niche and thus become a successful eco farmer. Ddr. Boris Aberšek from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, emphasized: “The advantage of these projects is that they are not academic and not theoretical projects, but are projects that are related to practice. The goal is to transfer knowledge to the user level. We do not analyze only problems, We are looking for solutions to solve these problems. ” This theory will be put into practice with prepared training and modules, especially in informal forms of education. They prepare modules from eco farming in general to social eco farming and also how to prepare a business plan. They are designed to complement one another. The emphasis is that they are short and directly useful, so it is “such knowledge that the farmers need and can quickly adopt,” Aberšek added.

“The Millenials prefer to reach information on a phone or a tablet rather than on a computer or as a formal education”

The source of the idea was explained by expert project manager Karel Van Isacker . He pointed out the emigration of Bulgarian youth from smaller villages, where their parents sometimes farmed. They found that those who remain on the farm are also unsuccessful in their eco-farming business. Since this problem is not only typical of Bulgaria, but also for other countries, it has been decided that the partners from Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Slovenia will connect and jointly seek a solution. They have created an educational system that educates young eco farmers through various modules to ensure they are successful in their work.

Agriculture also needs entrepreneurial knowledge

They plan to provide free access to this educational material both online and in the form of a mobile application in the partner countries of the project by the end of the next year as well as more widely. In order to prepare content in the form of a mobile application, they decided to adapt their education to the target group, mainly aimed at young people. “We are in the 21st century and the millenia prefer to use information on a phone or a tablet like on a computer or in formal education,” explained Karel Van Isacker. In addition to providing content, the app will also allow evaluations where users can verify their knowledge. They will also promote mentoring, where experienced eco farmers, both successful and unsuccessful, will connect with users and share their experiences.

“They want to implement the results of the project in the national education system so that they do not remain hidden in the drawer,” said Director of the Center for Vocational Education and Training Urška Marentič . She added that Slovenia is an example of good practice, since it has already recognized that the field of agriculture also needs entrepreneurial knowledge, and that this module has already been developed in educational programs of secondary professional and vocational education, and in this project they see the opportunity to update these contents.


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