Programa Erasmus+, Commissão Europeia
Sara Blanc, Universitat Politècnica de València
31-1-2019 – 30-1-2022
eSGarden project aims to improve inclusive quality education and students' skills.
Ecological school gardens deal with many sustainable development targets (SDGs) such as ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, inclusive and equitable quality education, gender equality or responsible consumption.
eSGarden makes a step forward in School Gardens with an innovative technology transferring pilot which pretends to transfer to the classroom activities the garden through the creation of a virtual environment that transform garden observation and work in data and information which allow the teacher to, on the one hand, build own educational resources and on the other hand, establish a connection between the physical world (garden) and the digital (virtual), linking non-formal activities outside the classroom with the content of the programs of the teaching guides. It eases the integral development of the students, helping to improve their self-esteem and personal satisfaction because the activities carried out are highly motivating and link the process of learning with the development of both personal and academic skills. Moreover, school gardens improve the relationship between the community and the school, since social and educative networks are created, fostering the feeling of belonging to a bigger community, encouraging cultural exchange, sustainability values, social integration and digital responsible use in a globalized Europe.
Project results are focused on developing a new methodology approach based on the adoption of school gardens in the school’s curriculum within an ICT approach. The methodology will be implemented as a transversal programme to primary and secondary curriculum within different topics such as environment, society, economy, nutrition, etc. Relevant skills improvement will be focused on linguistic, technological, cultural and social skills.
The project involves several target groups: schools’ teachers and students, families, higher education professors, university students, higher education adult students, managers and experts and personnel in organizations.
In addition, it opens up new ways of educational research on the application of technology to holistic education in the field of schools.
Among the associated partners, the project is of interest to associations that promote values such as coherence, caring for people and the planet, equity, co-responsibility, participation, solidarity and transparency.