11th October 2021-15th Octuber 2021

How to learn together in heterogeneous groups

in Spain

Three-day workshop to share share best practice examples for inclusion of persons with special needs in farming, horticulture and language teaching.

Day 1 - Dehesa San Francisco, Santa Olalla del Cala, Huelva (Spain)

Didactic walk on the Dehesa San Francisco visiting work-places and objects where inclusive instruction takes place:
  • Tasks like avoiding erosion, saving and retaining water are being explained by practical examples: here roadside ditches to protect the roads and avoid that the rainfalls carry away precious soil.
  • The whole topic around cork – which is a very special product and only grows in a very few areas in Europe – can be perfectly explained by touching a cork oak, cork, cork oak wood, etc.
  • The “bone-burner” where we burn the bones – “left overs” from the carrion on the vulture food place – and turn them into fertilizer for the horticulture garden is a perfect example of biological cycles.
  • Another successful example for inclusion is to do jobs that have a positive and concrete outcoming: fixing and maintaining bicycles so they can be used for sports and tours.
  • Language learning without, writing and reading.

Day 2 - Ecovalia and Asociación de amigos, Sevilla (Spain)

Example for inclusion of mainly socially marginalized persons: young people from the biggest slum in Spain were trained in organic horticulture and founded a distribution company for the products.

Apart from the classical horticulture products, new products are being introduced, like pitaya or chicken eggs.

Ecovalia/Comité Andaluz de Agricultura Ecológica (CAAE) help to organic certification and support in training skills.

Asociación entre amigos (ea), Sevilla helps dissemination, sensibilization, raising of consciousness, allows access to schools, etc. in slum like areas.

Day 3- Plena Inclusión Montijo, Extremadura (Spain)

Horticulture, arts, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, gastronomy performed and presented by persons with disability. All areas are connected to the regular economic circuit supplying service, manpower and products.

It was a touching experience to live this auto-presentation of persons with disability.

Plena Inclusión's mission is to contribute from its ethical commitment with support and opportunities so that each person with mental or developmental disabilities and their family can develop their quality of life project and support their inclusion as a full-legged citizen, directly in a fair and caring society.