We are happy and proud to announce, that at the end of a tough competition in the framework of the US Government Public Democracy Grant Program our project proposal has been chosen to be funded for the period of one year. Project start is October, 1, 2021.
Our initiative is called “Knowledge transfer on organic farming and climate change in agriculture” and aims to create a system of knowhow and experience transfer about organic farming from universities and agricultural companies to professional agricultural schools in Ukraine.
As main beneficiary and key pilot project school we chose the Pluzhne Agrarian Lyceum, which is in Pluzhne in the North of Hmelnitska Oblast.
The project wants to foster vocational agrarian education and to improve teaching methods, which should help to promote the ideas of organic farming among teachers and pupils in Ukraine
In the framework of the project, we plan to create several educational products (manuals, online, offline and video lessons as well as “English for Agrarians” courses); we also plan to purchase equipment for the Lyceum, to set up a demonstration field (according to standards of organic agriculture) and to refresh the internet presence (website) of the school.
Main partners of the projects are the National University of Water and Environmental Management (Rivne) and the University of Maryland (USA).
Ritter Bio Agro, as a leading company in organic farming in Ukraine, is among other business partners (organic farmers, producers of framing equipment), actively supporting our project from the very beginning on. Ritter Bio Agro is also a strategic partner, giving technical assistance beyond the project and already offers internships for pupils of Pluzhne Agrarian Lyceum, which is crucial for the practical knowledge transfer.
This project will also help us to strengthen our communication with the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Ukraine, with which we plan to share all results of our project and, doing so, contribute to the sustainable capacity development of this important sector of vocational education in the context of a new policy, influenced by the risks and chances of climate change.