Title Disability in sustainable agriculture: a new approach for training of practitioners (DIANA)
Project Number 504094-LLP-1-2009-2-IT-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The field of the project is the training for the practitioners who work with mental or psychiatric disabled employed (or available to be employed) in agriculture. Throughout the development of innovation in the training addressed to tutors, trainers and practitioners, this project aims at filling a serious double gap: the lack of technical competencies of the trainers / tutors with psychological or educational background; the lack of
educational and psychological competencies of agricultural technicians.
To fill this gap is extremely relevant because social farming has positive effects for social inclusion and protection of environment and already offers extraordinary possibilities of training and jobs for large groups of
disadvantaged persons. So the specific objective of the project is to develop an integrated and jointed training programme for practitioners in order to make them able to face the complex reality of
social farming. Furthermore, our new approach (to train together workers with technical background and practitioners with socio - educational - psychological background) can help different sectors, other than farming, to improve the quality of VET for disabled people.
The key pedagogical strategy will be integration of "transversal" competencies (developed at the highest level) and technical competencies belonging to very different fields (farming, farm management, human
resources management, as well as mental disabilities care, etc.). The methodology of practitioners' training will be based on interaction and peer learning and, as much as possible, informal (played in the work context).
The main expected outputs of the project will be: an initial survey and exchange of good practices; a model of training pathway, with related tools and guidelines for its largest exploitation; pilot training pathways in
some countries involved in the partnership; seminars, fairs and festivals in order to disseminate the project results.
The 12 partners will develop the project activities plan, that is based on two pillars:
Participative analysis: each partner collects and reports data and good practices on his context. The partnership produces a glossary with common definitions. At this stage professionals are asked to make a video to tell their everyday working life with disabled. Each social farm involved in the project organizes focus groups on existing problems, learning needs of social and agricultural workers, possible developments. All the materials produced in a social farm are delivered to a “special guest”: a professional coming from a partner social farm of another country.
The lay out of the new training approach and its experimentation. The Partnership is now able to define an integrated training programme. Then each farm organizes a training pilot course, receiving a new visit by the “special guest”. A forum in the project website facilitate the exchange of opinions.
Timing is esteemed considering that the bottom –up approach in the training projecting, as well as the training itself in this particular field and using informal methods, require more time than as usual.
Dissemination: different target groups are addressed with appropriate tools, according to the specific network of each Partner (conferences promoted by the Universities, fairs organized by the social farms, etc). Round tables with both social and agricultural decision makers are the way to produce mainstreaming and further exploitation. The monitoring and evaluation activity is carried out at three levels: respect of the work plan and timing; quality of the pilot experiences; scientific quality of the results. All the work packages have a partner as Coordinator, while all the partners have to cooperate in achieving the specific goal of the WP.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Human Health and Social Work Activities
program or curricula
DIANA project will provide:
- a survey on National Contexts
- an harmonization of Goals and Methods: a sort of Common glossary on the way of working
- Self Assessment Tools, completed by guidelines for all the practitioners working with mental and psychiatric disabled in agricultural sector
- Integrated Training Paths for practitioners
- the results of the experimentation of the New Integrated training paths, produced thanks to training pilots implemented in each Social Farms partner of the project
- an Online forum of the pilot experiences
- Local information about the project and its results thanks to conferences and fairs in each Country involved in the project
- the Final Dissemination COnferences
- Press releases thanks the International Press Office of the project
- CD tools about New training for Social Farming
- Roundtables with politicians and decision makers
All the project results will be available on the project website that will be online soon.