Building & Business operations Curriculum & Program

Terra contributes to nature recovery, SDG 15, with…. a hive

Since two weeks, Terra VET school in Meppel inthe Netherlands, is the proud owner of a hive. Colleague Klaas has placed the basket on the school grounds with different intentions. Firstly, he thinks about contributing to SDG 15. In addition, he is a real teacher: you teach students (and colleagues!) about the life of the bee, its usefulness and necessity. A third reason is that honey is of course a particularly fine and tasty product…

SDG 15 is about protecting, restoring and sustainable management of life on land in all its forms. Protecting and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity can strengthen resilience against increasing population pressure, intensification of land use and climate change.

Curriculum & Program

Anchoring Social Circular Economy Attitudes in VET (SCE-VET)

Educational institutions at all levels must take an active role in raising social awareness about the effects of climate change and the need to implement actions aimed at redirecting the trend of environmental deterioration because of the various actions of humans.

SCE-VET has an innovative approach for promoting a change of attitude and to favor the incorporation of measures and actions of CE, environmental sustainability and social responsibility among the target groups and stakeholders. There is a link between products and social issues.

The most relevant horizontal or sectoral priority is the environment and fight against climate change.

And additional priorities are :

  • Adapting vocational education and training to labour market needs;
  • Contributing to innovation in vocational education and training.

The concept of SCE is linking the principles of the CE with social enterprises, giving the right conditions to foster innovation and creativity, for a society with solutions to meet societal, environmental and economic needs.

Are you interested? Please download the presentation of SCE-VET.

Curriculum & Program

Practical training at Savonia

Students from Savonia university has to do practical training at a farm or company for 90 days during the summer period after their first year studies. The content of placement: 1/3 crop production work, 1/3 animal husbandry work and 1/3 other work (for example forestry work, agricultural fair‐ visit, painting, fence repair)

The following requirements are imposed on the farm or company

  • Production should be large enough and developing;
  • There should be versatile work available;
  • Work safety and health should be in order;
  • Supervisor of the training should have agricultural; education and interest to teach and guide the trainee;
  • The farm should support learning and social development!
  • Salary/payment for student?

The application of companies/farms include:

  • Contact information;
  • Production, arable land, plant production, forestry;
  • Information about livestock, machinery, buildings, use of contractor;
  • Education, guidance, accommodation and meals, what kind of work available;
  • After improvement a contract is signed between Savonia and the farm/company for one or several years;
  • Placements are registered

The agreement between student and company includes:

  • Name of the company, name of the trainee;
  • What kind of work the trainee will do (plant production, livestock, other work, workload;
  • Accommodation, meals, payment, working period and working days);
  • The farmers commitment of guidance and give the information for the written tasks of training.

Preparation of Student’s placement

  • Second year students will present their placement experiences to the first‐year students;
  • They check the list of the companies;
  • Can go for pre‐training period to the farm (1‐2 weeks);
  • Have a short conversation with their teacher /supervisor about the placement and personal aims of their practical training;
  • Evaluation if the farm or company is suitable for their aims;
  • Make their own targets of the placement;
  • Write a CV and a motivation letter to the farm/company;
  • Contact and visit the farm /company;
  • Take part in preparation lessons about work/ labor legislation, work safety, protection against animal diseases and instructions for the written tasks of training.

Preparation of company of the placement

Information to the farms/companies will be sent by email before placement, and its content is:

  • Curriculum of the education;
  • Content and the purpose of the placement;
  • Labor legislation;
  • Assessment: include criteria, certificate to be full filled contract of employment to be full filled;
  • The length of placement is 90 working days (8 hours/day) during 5 months period (May‐ September);
  • The content of placement: 1/3 crop production work, 1/3 animal husbandry work and 1/3 other work (for example forestry work, agricultural fair‐ visit, painting, fence repair).

Responsibilities during the placement

After placement

  • Student finalizes written tasks in Moodle
  • Give feedback about the placement
  • Introduce his/her experiences, learning and the farm
  • company in seminar for the first‐year student

Curriculum & Program Professional Development

The Inner Development Goals

Personal development is the precondition for social change. The shift to a more sustainable school can only be realised if managers, teachers and students have the right competentces to make that shift.

The Inner Development Goals show what inner shifts and human growth need to happen in order for us to increase our chances of reaching the SDGs.

They cover 23 skills into 5 categories and can be very helpful to identify the skills teachers and students need to learn.

The full introduction to the framework – Download

Introduction film Inner Development Goals

Curriculum & Program

MultiPro Module in Finland

MultiPro is an international Bachelor level multidisciplinary study module at Iisalmi campus of Savonia University of Applied Sciences Ltd in Finland. It offers lectures, teamwork, eLearning, traineeship and project studies. The module is especially developed for bachelor exchange students in Social Services, Nursing and Agriculture from Savonia partner universities.  More specific information and a nice video about MultiPro can be found through the following link: MultiPro.

Curriculum & Program

Cultural week “To your health”

In the last course, the CIFEA DE MOLINA in Spain organized a cultural week with the topic “to your health”. Our objective was to attract the students´ interest in food technology, healthy alimentation and Foodtopia, another way to understand the sustainability in the production of dishes. That week all students and teachers had an innovation experience, knowing how we must feed in three important aspects, food composition, food technology and food sustainability.

Every day we are eating, and this activity is important for personal and social development and has consequences for the environment. Foodtopia is the idea of a new concept in alimentation, using vegetables out of commercial categories but with all standards of quality. Are you sure that you need a marvellous pepper or could be enough one with some commercial faults? How many vegetables do we need to take out the rubbish? Is your salad to eat or to see?

With the dissemination of this week, we had the opportunity to increase our impact on the local and regional society. This is an example of good practices understanding how the school is a part of the sustainable society and world. We do not need more we have enough to live.

The full presentation about this initiative: VIEW PRESENTATION

Curriculum & Program

Terra MBO students win the impact price for green education

With their project ‘Veldboon’, first-year students of the Food, Life & Innovation program of Terra MBO won the Impact Prize for Green Education 2020 on Thursday the 4th of March. They have won a cash prize of 2500 euros. The Impact Prize is for innovative projects, research and startups that in one way or another have a positive impact on food, climate and/ or quality of life.

Project Veldboon

The Terra MBO students were nominated for the Veldboon project. The veldboon (field bean) is an old crop that is currently very popular with growers in the province of Groningen. This protein-rich product is not widely used for human consumption, although this could be possible. The students from Terra got to work with it and made a field bean paste, a field base (pizza base) and a tasty dip sauce. The amount of money won will be used to market the products made.

Live stream broadcast

The winners were announced on Thursday 4 March during the live stream broadcast Jongeren aan Zet Live! Guests who sat at the table included Frans Timmermans (Vice-President for the European Green Deal in the European Commission) and outgoing Minister Carola Schouten (LNV/ Ministry of agriculture, nature and fishing). They talked to representatives from the green sector, education and a number of young people who follow a training in green. Students Geertje Kanter from Terra Groningen and Gerjan Zwaan from Terra Emmen were present.

Link: GroenPact winners 2020

About the training

The Food, Life & Innovation course is based on the ‘From soil to mouth’ idea. Information about healthy and sustainable food, origin, food chains and trends are the most important pillars. To teach students skills and to gain experience, they mainly work in practice. The content of the Food, Life & Innovation course is built around practical issues, which is unique in education.

It is not the first time that the program has won awards. The course, which started in 2019, won a first prize in the same year during the MBO Challenge against Food Waste. In 2020 they won the public award of Good Practices Sustainable MBO 2020 with the Food Youth Council. This indicates that this program responds well to issues from contemporary society.

Curriculum & Program

Youth Food Council

The installation of the very first Youth Food Council on 9 October 2020 within Terra College is part of all kinds of sustainable activities. With the foundation “De New Lifestyle” – initiator of the Council – this meeting was organized at the Sugar terrain in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands on Sustainability Day. The day after the Dutch Food Week started, so the best opportunity to work on food, diversity, short chains, waste, health, to pay attention to economic and other aspects of food.

The council, existing of 10 Terra MBO and 4 Alfa College students, started their dialogue with administrators, producers, educators, researchers, policy workers – all of them too are consumers – on issues arising from a prior investigation of our Minstry of Agriculture, nature and food and several articles abour Sustainable food systems from Wageningen University. In doing so, they also establish the link between the scientific research and the approach of higher education and VET.

The Youth Food Council is invited to play a driving and critical role from the perspective of young people, to give education about food and food production a boost and optimally geared to the challenges and issues surrounding, among other things nitrogen problems, circular agriculture, food quality and availability and short chains.

Food youth council (Dutch)