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'Four Seasons' Experiential Education for Disadvantaged Children


Organic farm providing creative, playful & experiential education programs, targeting at disadvantaged primary & secondary school childern, allowing them to experience nature, experiment with health food, rural crafts & raise awareness of fair trade.


Changes in the Belgian school curricula in 2010 require schools to introduce more cross-curricular education on various new topics in their curricula. This includes education on sustainable development. Local Action Group Papaver have recognised this as an opportunity to diversify their activities, develop new income streams and benefit their local community, actively contributing to emerging education programme challenges and needs.


The project aims to develop an inspiring educational program for disadvantaged primary & secondary school students, based around the 'rhythm' of the four seasons of the year, using practical, interactive methods. The wider objective is to contribute to awareness-raising & appreciation of the role of agriculture & particularly organic farming, in sustainable development & to promote collaboration with local & regional public social welfare centres

Main activities

The Local Action Group, Papaver, (i) designed and developed the 'four seasons' education programme addressing such topics as healthy food, nature experience and education, crafts, fair trade and north-south education in a playful, creative way and experiential way; (ii) promoted the education programme to local and regional public social welfare centres and targeted schools; (iii) developed a network of organisations which would be able to regularly participate in the education programmes.

Results & Benefits

Disadvantaged target groups provided with opportunities to pro-actively participate in social and cultural experiences; development of new partnerships and networks of local social public welfare centres and services; development of new on-farm activities and income generating opportunities; awareness raising of a broad range of local stakeholders of sustainability issues.

Lessons learnt

'If children and young people are the adults of tomorrow, our task is to ensure that they are sufficiently resilient, to raise awareness and ensure that they take a critical approach to such topics as sustainability and environmental protection. In a rapidly evolving society, the youth constitute an important link for future generations and such education programmes can make a real contribution to their future outlooks and perspectives'.

Project location and other information

Papaver vzw, Doornstraat 30, 9550 Sint-Lievens-Esse, Belgium


Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen

RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

76 016

Contact name

Papaver vzw

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Non-governmental organisations

Budget range

€20 000 - €99 999

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End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Implementing the LEADER Approach
• Implementing local development strategies
• 413. Quality of life/diversification


Added-value, Local Action Group, Disadvantaged people, Tourism, Education

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