Since 1987, Ruskin Mill Trust’s method of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education has enabled young people to overcome barriers to learning, become skilled, and return to their communities with greater independence. Through an integrated curriculum, with a focus on practical skills, the method of the Trust enables young people to transform their own futures and realise their potential. Students with complex learning difficulties and disabilities engage with a programme of holistic learning through positive role models, relationships, arts, crafts, commerce, biodynamic agriculture, nutrition, living skills and the environment.

The benefits of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education may soon be available to marginalised and disadvantaged young people across Europe, thanks to a pioneering initiative known as ECO-Motive. Funded under the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, ECO-Motive trains European farmers and agricultural workers in the theory and techniques of PSTE. Once trained in the UK, graduates can, in turn, pass on their skills to young people back home.

By facilitating small-scale organic agriculture, the project aims to re-vitalise land, communities and economies. Whilst the initial pilot focuses on Roma communities in Hungary, the programme is designed to adapt to any ecological and cultural context, and could ultimately be rolled-out in any of the E.U.’s 28 member-states if results are encouraging.

For further information on the ECO-Motive project, please email Ricardo Pereira

Partner organisations include:

Szent Istvan University, Hungary

GAK Nonprofit Kozhasznu, Hungary

Tiszasas Municipality, Hungary

Ormansag Foundation, Hungary

Civitas Foundation, Romania

Manresa Vocational School, Catalonia

Ruskin Mill Trust, UK

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