Learning On and Off the Land
Feb 26th 2018 by Gerd Alscher

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Besides EUROPEA another network is quite active in the green sector: The ENTER network. ENTER is an European association of educational institutions in the field of teacher training for secondary and higher vocational schools in the green sector. The network was founded in 2002 after merging the former Western and Eastern networks (REIFEA and IPAC) in agricultural (teacher) education.

ENTER wants to support the improvement of teaching and learning processes in agricultural rural and environmental education, develop and promote teaching methods and strategies and impulse innovation in the agricultural training system. Therefore it organizes scientific and thematic study meetings, student teachers and trainers exchanges and different projects (for further information have a look at: https://enter.educagri.fr/)

The members of ENTER come from 14 different European countries and Russia.

From April 25th to 27th, 2018, the German member of ENTER, the division for Agricultural and Horticultural Education at Humboldt University Berlin, is going to host the ENTER STUDY DAYS, which take place every 2 years. The topic of this years´meeting is “Learning On and Off the Land”. The participants of this meeting will explore various approaches of learning on (nature) and off (classroom) the land that reflect all the specifications and peculiarities that are characteristic for the land-based professions and fields of research. A particular emphasis will be laid on the topic of inclusion and social cohesion in in-school and out-of-school learning in all fields of the green sector.

The General Secretary of EUROPEA, Elisabeth Hönigsberger, will give a lecture on “Building self-efficacy by opening the classroom – combining steadiness with challenging situations” in the plenary session. EUROPEA wishes a good and successful conference.


It is true that polythene shoppers are severely detorating our environment including agricultural soil and water quality. I completely agree that it should be prohibited when shopping or using for other purposes. Nowadays the use of plastic bags has been increased in some countries for shopping and as well as for different kind of packaging of various products. This is because of plastic bags are easily and cheaply available in markets. Ultimately, this kind of practice degrading our environment because the plastic bags are not recyclable materials. Moreover, it has been thrown directly to outside for incineration with other waste materials and resulting the pollution. It is also the main source for contributing chlorofluorocarbons gasess when burnt with other waste materials and this may cause the air pollution. On an other hand, the accumulation of plastic bags after using people are not treating it properly. Owing to this reason, the waste is being generated and casusing the soil erosion. Due to soil erosion the agricultural land become unproductive for cultivation. In addition, the plastic bags are spoiling our surface water quality which may lead to some major disease for human health as well as other living organisms. In conclusion, to overcome the dilemma, using plastic bags waste should be stopped immediately because it is polluting our environment for land as well as for water resources.
Beate Kralicek
I am very much looking forward to this key note and to the school visits in Berlin. IT is wonderful that we will meet many teachers and teacher trainers from Europe. Thank you EUROPEA for attending and creating stronger cohesion among trainers, teachers and students!!!

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