The “Education in rural entrepreneurship through producing and valorising of medicinal and aromatic plants” project involves the most appropriate and diverse range of 4 partners in order to benefit from their different experiences, profiles and specific expertise and to produce relevant and high quality project outcomes. The project links 1 international scientific expertise – GA Germany with 1 high-level education LLU Latvia, practice from 1 rural SME: Eco Herbal Romania and 1 NGO: ACE-ES Romania which promotes social entrepreneurship.
The project addresses social problems from rural areas with few opportunities and NEET adults. Many rural areas in EU have seen their local populations decline due to low education level, social exclusion, unemployment, poverty, lack of occupational, social and economic alternatives and migration of workforce. Although agriculture is the economic engine of socio-economic development in rural areas, skilled workers in agriculture represents only 20% of the total employed population.
This project aims to create opportunities for rural people, including disadvantaged groups, to develop innovative teaching instruments in order to raise the education rate in rural areas, to develop new entrepreneurial skills and competences and contribute to the establishment of small/subsidence/or family farms in communities with fewer opportunities. In order to succeed in their initiative, the target group must be directed to operate in an increasing domain. The processing industry of medicinal and aromatic plants is a growing market, where the demand is not covered yet.
Through this project we aim to provide innovative training materials in rural entrepreneurship through producing and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants (varieties from spontaneous flora that are endangered because of irresponsible harvesting).
The specific objectives are:
O1: Developing rural entrepreneurship and increase employment opportunities and self-employment in rural areas through education in producing and valorising of medicinal and aromatic plants.
O2: Developing innovative training materials designed to facilitate the inclusion of disadvantaged groups, which includes demonstrations, photos, video recordings/movies, data sheets, best practices and new technologies that allows to provide education in an accessible and understandable manner at EU level in different social context.
O3: Disseminating the intellectual outputs achieved through the project to 1300 specialists, professionals, stakeholders.
This project produces an innovative pedagogical approach and methodology for delivering transversal competences, tangible and complete intellectual outputs:
– a manual for rural entrepreneurship through producing and valorizing medicinal and aromatic plants that are endangered or available only from spontaneous flora;
– and a curricula for applying this manual by adults educators to the target group.
The intellectual outputs will be present to the target groups in an innovative format, with real case studies and will provide a concrete action plan, so that the target group will obtain certain information as text, photos and video. This project will produce a supplement with images and video content for the manual addressed to rural people without basic skills (school droppers, illiterates, Roma).