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Renewal of the job market?

CIFEA DE MOLINA de Segura in Spain provides students with training related to the processed food and environmental sectors. For these vocational training schools it is essential to be one step ahead of the social and professional reality of both sectors.

Each course, from the CIFEA DE MOLINA, around 70 students are
promoted in training cycles of families in the food industry, safety and environment that joins the labour market.

To improve the training of our students and provide them with the skills for sustainability that society and the labour market requirements, we share with other European green schools, cooperation and innovation projects of the Erasmus program, which pose the same questions and provide us with feedback in the process of self reflection.

These questions are:

  • With whom do we learn?
  • What is the environment in which we develop our learning?
  • How does the environment affect training?
  • What are the needs of society and the labour market concerning sustainable development?
  • How can we cooperate with companies and partners so that training contributes to sustainable production systems?
  • What green skills do we have to strengthen in learning?
  • How can we adapt the curricula of the cycles?
  • What teaching methodologies are suitable for teaching the SDGs?

In this presentation CIFEA MOLINA present the answers to these question from their point of view.

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School network and associates CIFEA of Molina

As one of the activities of PROGRESS Juan Carlos Garcia Salvador form CIFEA of Molina analysed the school network and associates. During the Transnational projectmeeting in Spain the results were presented and discussed with some of the partners in the project.

The school has a network of partners from Non-profit Organizations, Regional Government,  Agroindustry Associations, Ecological Associations, Agricultural professional organizations and  Companies. As a result of the Erasmus+ program they have partners all over Europe for the mobility of students and within several cooperative and innovative projects

This network is important for the school because they can learn a lot from these partnerships, for example: about other points of view, solidarity, cultural differences, new developments in education and the agricultural sector, social awareness and equality.

A full description and analysis of the network can downloaded as a presentation.

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Important questions to ask regarding the effects of the renewal of the job market on school programs

For vocational training schools in the agri-food and environmental sectors, it is essential to be one step ahead of the social and professional reality of both sectors. Each course, from the CIFEA DE MOLINA, around 70 students are promoted in training cycles of families in the food industry, safety and environment that joins the labour market.

To improve the training of our students and provide them with the skills for sustainability that society and the labour market requirements, we share with other European green schools, cooperation and innovation projects of the Erasmus + program, which pose the same questions and provide us with feedback in the process of self-reflection. Understanding the school as a “whole” (curricula, pedagogy, school environment, professional development and the management of the school itself) we ask ourselves the following questions.

  • With whom do we learn? What is the environment in which we develop our learning? What people are involved in the formation of students.
  • What are the needs of society and the labour market concerning sustainable development? Identifying both needs will be essential to ensure that we provide students with the appropriate skills to guarantee the change towards a sustainable productive sector that requires the participation of everybody.
  • How does the environment affect training? The school environment is an example of sustainability.
  • How can we cooperate with companies and partners so that training contributes to sustainable production systems? It is essential to establish cooperation links between the business sector, associates and the school, to update the training objectives. This process must be constant, flexible and active.
  • What green skills do we have to strengthen in learning? We have to know what we need to develop. This question is essential.
  • How can we adapt the curricula of the cycles? Establishing mechanisms for adapting educational programs to changes in production systems is essential to be able to prepare for the future.
  • What teaching methodologies are suitable for teaching the SDGs? The way of educating in the SDGs must be different from the classic didactic methodology used in classrooms because, in addition to training, it must raise awareness, arouse interest in students, generate skills and provide them with an evaluation capacity that allows them to decide and participate. in a sustainable society. Changes affect all of us.

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Good Practice La Moraleja Spain

This good practice about zero miles food (km 0) clearly expresses how the whole school approach gives a new vision to integrate sustainability issues structurally and coherently into the school organization. The green school (livestock & agriculture) is giving shape to education for a sustainable future.

“On the trail of a sustainable community in food production” is their vision when they talk about a sustainable society.

Really when we are doing the weekly shopping, are we thinking about where our food is produced? Is the farm close or far from the supermarket? What is the environmental impact of my food?

We need an answer to all these questions, awareness for C02 footprint reduction and making our daily life more sustainable.

The school environment is the key, because the opinion of students, teachers, society and stakeholders (farmers & cattle breeders), cooperate and give us their point of view about zero miles food and make a commitment for the future. Look at the video in our video series!

Are you ready?

Let’s go, think local go global.

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Rural Professions Assocation Maaseutu ammattiin in Finland

The Rural professions association Maaseutu ammattiin is a long term cooperation between schools (primary, secondary and vet-schools), green sector companies and municipalities in the agricultural sector.

Aim of the association is to promote the availability of new entrepreneurs and skilled professionals for forestry and agriculture as well as to increase the awareness and networking of the field.

Association Maaseutu ammattiin is organizing visits for the students of secondary schools. Mostly pupils who are 7th, 8th and 9th grade. Visits are to the farms, green houses, forest, companies etc. The purpose is to show what kind of professionals are working on the countryside. And also to give the pupils opportunity to try if our educations are for them. Also teachers belong to the target group.

This association has worked for 10 years. By doing this, pupils get realistic view of modern farms and other possibilities to work on the countryside. This association is working now just in Northern Savo but also other areas are interested in their work. Spreading to other areas?

The results of this ccoperation is that the schools gets more and more motivated students

Go to their website (in Finnish):

https://www.maaseutuammattiin.fi/

For inspirational video’s go to:

https://www.maaseutuammattiin.fi/videot