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Sprouts of culture 2.0 Horažďovice 22.-28. September 2019

The aim of this project was to open up a borderless communication on a topic which is modern but has roots in the very past. Young people from different countries across Europe talked about food production and how food can be used as a tool for intercultural dialog.

The project brought attention to the obstacles that small local producers are facing in Horažďovice area and also at the regional level.

During the activity non-formal education methods were used, such as workshops, role plays, case studies, discussions, brainstorming and more. These methods have proved to be the most efficient to make young people enjoy workshops, open up to others, see the topics presented from different perspectives, develop their opinions and not judge others. The workshops focused on bringing a friendly atmosphere and actively involve participants in the whole youth exchange, making their learning process efficient and successful. The project was held in English, hence our teams consisted of youths with good speaking, writing, listening and reading skills.

Through this exchange we wanted to create an expanded free space for participants to share their experiences and have social contact and intercultural dialogue with each other. From the beginning they set up common rules which had to respect the best interests of the project and each other.

Participants learnt:

What are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria and Romania are ranked on a global scale.

What it takes for a young farmer to start their own farm in Czechia from a study visit to Pastvina permaculture garden.

How permaculture is helpful for the environment

Alternative forms of agriculture such as permaculture, Hydroponics, Urban agriculture, Vertical Farming.

What is carbon footprint and how we can reduce it.

How our current models of food production are impacting the environment.

How to make apple juice, soda bread and butter.

What is Erasmus+ and what opportunities are available for young people living in Europe.

Non-formal education methods such as case studies, structured debates, learning by doing, presentations, group reflections, city hunt, study visits, getting to know each other games.

Cultural customs and traditions of project partner countries as well as Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.