LEARNVIL - Learning Villages: Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, Heritage & Environmental Education for Rural Sustainable Development

Data Inicio: 2021-03-01 | Data Fim: 2023-02-28

Valor: 266830.00 €

Valor CETRAD: 26633.00 €

Financiador: Erasmus+. KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. KA227 - Partnerships for Creativity

Coordenador CETRAD: Veronique Nelly Paul Marie Joukes

Membros Envolvidos:

Veronique Nelly Paul Marie Joukes ;


UTAD - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro ;

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LEARNVIL wants to impact and concentrate applied research, educational resources, activities, funding opportunities in these places and populations, otherwise with less opportunities and hard mobility conditions.

The LEARNVIL project aims to create ecological and social added value of spaces facing demographic challenges (high aging index, depopulation). In order to accomplish this, LEARNVIL focuses on green tractor elements: gardening, eco-agriculture, agrarian heritage, rural landscape. Community engagement, rural development and dynamization, heritage education, environmental education and tourism attraction will be activated and/or enhanced by these "green" tractor elements.

Learning Villages is our inspiration model. Learning Villages are communities that think and plan together their own shape and future. International connections can inspire and help to achieve these aims as well as to foster active European citizenship in their inhabitants.  It is about learning by doing and learning by projects. Adult education plays a key role in these processes.

Creative interdisciplinary injections in less favoured peripheral rural areas can help to stop negative population trends and attract tourism and new residents.

The LEARNVIL pilot programme will be set up in five selected villages. These learning villages will be:

  • objects of study and of ethnographical, sociological and economical research, social diagnosis and tourism and attraction potential feasibility studies and reports.
  • scenarios for Learning-by-doing adult education on active citizenship, health & safety, participatory budget, digital competences, rural entrepreneurship, cultural heritage management, sustainable tourism and environmental education.
  • contexts and objects of strategical thinking and long and short-term planning.
  • centres of a strategy to impact on their tourism attraction, cultural heritage and landscape valorisation, environmental social awareness, community decision and action (especially in times of pandemics and health emergencies).
  • places for programs of health and wellbeing active ageing for older adults.

An international training and coaching programme will include:

  • a Learning and Knowledge Sharing Community in EPALE platform.
  • 5 face-to-face international thematic weeks that will develop conferences, learning activities and expert workshops.
  • 2 local Coaching and Training programs in each of the five villages.

LEARNVIL will change the 5 learning villages inside and outside, will empower their communities and embellish their corners. How deep LEARNVIL will impact these learning villages depends on the community engagement. Therefor local authorities’ and civil associations' support is crucial and they will be associated partners and life-long adult learners during the project.

Project partners

1 Leader:

Universidad de Extremadura (ES), located in Cáceres

8 Partner Organizations:

VerdeMente (ES) - Asociación para la I+D+i, salvaguarda y fomento de la biodiversidad, de la artesanía alimentaria y de la salud integral del ser humano y del medio ambiente near to Cáceres

Municipality of Farkadona (GR), District of Trikala, Region of Thessaly, Central Greece

Time Heritage - Afroditi Kamara & Co (GR) - Consultant in the field of cultural heritage

Polygonal (IT) - Manages the youth centre of Cori municipality, whose scope has been widened regarding its working activities

Fondazione Istituto Tecnico Superiore per Tecnologie Innovative per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e Turistiche (IT)

Staatsschule für Gartenbau Stuttgart-Hohenheim (DE)

Ruralidade Verde, Lda (PT) - Consultant in the field of rural development

Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (PT) – Public university

Target group

The LEARNVIL project concentrates on peripheral depopulated regions, especially in adult and aged inhabitants of little villages facing demographic problems and challenges.


Intellectual Outputs (IO)

O1: Learning Villages Economic, Social and Cultural Analysis - UNEX

O2: International Comparative Study for Municipalities Under Covid-19 and Viral Pandemics - UNEX

O3: Citizenship Education and Participatory Budget Strategic Program - Polygonal

O4: Cultural Heritage Management, Gardening, Rural Landscape and Sustainable Tourism Strategic Program – Staatsschule

Multiplier Events

E1: International Conference “Pandemic Crises in Rural Villages” - UTAD

E2: International Conference "Active aging and Wellbeing in rural areas" - UNEX

E3: International conference “Participative Democracy, Active Citizenship and Participatory Budget in Rural Villages” - Polygonal

E4: International Conference “Gardening, cultural landscape, tourism and rural development” - Staatsschule

E5: International Conference "Learning Villages, Cultural Heritage and Rural Landscape" - Time Heritage

Learning, Teaching, Training Activities. Blended mobility of adult learners

C1: Workshop on Rural Wine Landscapes and Viticulture - UTAD

C2: Workshop on Active Aging and Wellbeing in Rural Areas - UNEX

C3: Workshop on Horticulture, Landscaping and Gardening - Polygonal

C4: Workshop on heritage education and cultural tourism guiding and interpretation - Staatsschule

Identification of the SDGs to which it contributes

  • SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


Project leader, Martín Gómez-Ullate García de León: mgu@unex.es

Leader of the Portuguese UTAD team, Veronika Joukes: veronika@utad.pt

Website of the project: https://www.learnvil.eu/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/learnvil