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POPEYE: an educational activity successfully implemented in Mesagne, Italy

ISBEM - Istituto Scientifico Biomedico Euro Mediterraneo, with the coordinative support of ALDA as leading partner, successfully concluded the educational activity within the framework of the project POPEYE. The event took place in Mesagne from 19 to 20 January 2014 and was attended by more than 30 young participants aged 15-25, mainly coming from rural areas and interested in organic production and youth engagement.

The objective of the activity is twofold: the two days’ seminar held on 19-20 January, aimed to educate the participants in active citizenship, with a particular focus on their potential role in contributing to the rural development and environmental sustainability at local level. Three days’ ICT training will be held on 31 January and 1-2 February in order to equip the participants with web designing and web management skills and make them familiar with digital mapping softwares such as MapsMarker.

Prof. Alessandro Distante and Prisco Piscitelli, main figures within ISBEM, welcomed the participants and let the floor to Aldo Xhani, project manager of ALDA, to kick-off the training session. The activity provided the participants with concrete inputs by experts such as Bruno Del Monte, Carla Quaranta, Prof. Giuseppe Altieri as well as renowned organic farmers in the territory such as Domenico Andresano and Mattia Pantaleoni. Through a participative methodology, participants exchanged ideas and experiences in two different working groups: "Environmental problems of our territory and our solutions" and "How to develop a sustainable rural development and how to raise young people's awareness". The activity was also an occasion to debate with the speakers and eventually define the action plan on how to map organic farmers on the ground.

The participants had also the opportunity of being informed about the Erasmus + programme and of its measures. The debates were eased by name games and group building activities that were key to create strong bonds among participants.

For further information visit the website of the project POPEYE



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