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Gaia Education is supported by Scottish Government in a Project Based Learning programme.

THREAD has conducted a series of awareness raising events with communities of the four Gram Panchayats of Laxmipur Block of Koraput District, to kick-off the project awarded by the Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Programme.

Food and livelihood scarcity are two pressing issues for these communities. The tribal communities do not own the land they live on. Deforestation for the growing of crops has forced them into small plots of land that have become exhausted from over farming and poor land management practices. Within the communities women have a very low status, they are often expected to carry out agricultural labour as well has carrying out household duties. Women also have little or no say in community matters or organisation. This project intends to work with vulnerable indigenous communities while increasing the status of women within the communities of Laxmipur.

This project will introduce Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) developed by Gaia Education drawing on expertise developed in a network of some of the most successful ecovillages and transition settings across the world.