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A green paradise to attract students

During our TPM in October we visited Yuverta College in Nederweert. This pre-vet school invested in the development of a green paradise at their school to attract new students.

The amount of students entering the school declined during the years from more than 450 students in 2010 till almost 240 in 2019. Because of this decreasing trend the quality of the school was under pressure
and actions were needed to attract more students.

The new director of the school Marisol Becerra beliefs in the power and attractiveness of a green learning environment and invested with her team in the greening of the environment of the school both outside and inside the school.

First of all the tiles at the schoolyard were removed replaced by a natural pond and garden, a vegetable garden and a wooden open outdoor classroom.  The old ugly wall surrounding the garden was also renewed through an inspirational green artwork.  They call it the green paradise to indicate that it is a very friendly and attractive place to learn, work and relax.

The interior of the old school was also tackled. Through a partnership with a local nature photographer the hallways and classrooms were
changed into green classrooms by adding beautiful pictures at the walls of landscapes, animals, plants and flowers. Even the lockers of the students were changed into green lockers by adding a large picture of a butterfly.

The effect of these changes  were very clear. Teachers, students, parents and visitors were very enthusiastic and really felt at home in this new green paradise.  This year the inflow of students has increased instead of declined. Will this be beginning of a rising trend?  And is this the effect of greening of the learning  environment? It is is not certain, but there seems to be a positive effect.

But how did she get the budget for all these changes?

Her main advise is to be active and creative to realise different kinds of budget. There are all kinds of budgets which can be applied for and can be combined for you own benefit. Also think about sponsoring and crowd-funding. A lot of companies, even MC Donalds, want to help and allocate money for greening, sustainability and education. So connect to your environment en invest in developing a good network with local partners.

Recommendations

This Good Practice makes clear that investing in an attractive
and inspirational learning environment  is important and will support the raise of students entering your school.

It also makes clear that connecting with partners in your
local en regional environment is important because it can help you to realise your ambitions and goals. Invest in a proper network with companies, other schools and your local government.

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Meeting at Yuverta College in The Netherlands

After a long time with several meetings online we finally had the chance to meet each other life in the sheep shed in Limburg in The Netherlands. Except Finland, who were not able to come because of COVID school regulations, all partners were present and looking forward to a full program with several presentations, visits and discussions.

Every transnational project meeting has a specific theme regarding the Whole School Approach to Sustainable Development (see homepage): ‘Vision & Strategy’ which will be main part of every meeting and ‘Building & Business processes’ were the themes of this meeting.

Yuverta prepared a very informative and interactive program in which we shared a lot of Good Practises with each other. These Good Practices will all be published at this website during the upcoming weeks.

Hereby an overview as a starter:

  • The WSA to Sustainable Development (already published at the homepage)
  • The Z-Generation and their interests into the green agricultural sector
  • Visit and lunch at Villa Flora in Green Business Park in Venlo
  • Visit pre-vet school Yuverta in Nederweert / Examples of Sustainable Building & Business policy of Yuverta
  • Food, Life and Innovation Program of Terra presented by students
  • Yuverta Sustainable Vision & Strategy presented
  • Visit and presentation by students in Nature Reserve Breidberg in Roermond (outdoor program)
  • Launching of our own podcast series by Green Academy in Denmark (see homepage)
  • Presentation of one example of a good practice by the other parrtners

Next time we meet again in Spain at Centro Integrado de Formación
experiencias Agrarias De Molina de Segura!