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Education activities within the project POPEYE

Within the project POPEYE - Promoting organic production, Enhancing youth employment, a five days educational activity for 40 young people from the Unione dei Comuni Alto Calore, province of Salerno, Italy, took place during the past week.

The town of Laurino, one of the municipalities of the Unione, hosted the activities. ALDA, lead applicant, provided staff to train the youngsters: the first days were dedicated to improving knowledge on the topics of active citizenship and organic farming in the territory. The participants worked with the facilitation of ALDA Project Officer Anna Ditta, and discussed about the possibilities to improve their territories, and on how to better promote their resources. Thanks to the support of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni, an agronomist was also present, to discuss organic agriculture and its implication at local level.

An ICT and digital mapping training was also delivered to the participants by ALDA Communication Officer Irene Zanetti. The project will in fact continue with the selection of 10 participants who will identify local organic farmers, collect information, and set up a “national” webpage bringing together all the information. The website of the project will therefore list all the farms “mapped”, and provide characteristics of the possible traineeships.

On Friday 25 October, a conference was held about the project with the participants, trainers, and local authorities. The mayor of Laurino, Romano Gregorio, welcomed the participants and gave his opening speech. Carmine Pacente, Coordinator of the Europe Service of the province of Milan, gave a speech about the importance of active European citizenship and its concrete implications, also related to the projects. Angelo de Vita, the Director of Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni also discussed the potentialities related to being part of the EU, while giving an overview of the specificieties of the territory. Irene Zanetti presented the objectives and the methodology of POPEYE, and the participants presented the communication campaigns produced during the group work, to promote the environment they Iive in and its resources.

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