The second EDE in The Gambia had 35 participants, and was supported by the graduates of the 2014 programme. This group was complemented by the arrival of an International Faculty from Zimbabwe, Egypt, Canada and USA, who were there for varying periods through the programme and played an important role in delivery; like Jillian Hovey, Daniel Greenberg, Mongy El Mohammed, Mugove Walter Kyika. The course was attended by John Gomez, the world’s first Alkalo (village head) who committed to work with the other Alkalis in the People’s Coast to take the concepts forward. The graduation was a well attended event with dignitaries from all of the villages, representatives of the Ministry and Tourism Board along with participant’s family members. The whole event was televised and broadcast twice on the nation-wide Gambia Radio and Television Network.
The Gambia EDE was the culmination of a long held dream. The EDE challenges might have been many, but these were far outweighed by the inspiration, fun and learning. 32 participants attended the EDE, 11 women and 21 men, Christians, Muslims and a full representation of all tribes in the Village, as well as international participants from Holland, Brazil, Togo. This multiculturality was fundamental in healing separations in the village by gaining a deeper understanding between the different social, gender and ethnic groups.
Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage EDE 2013 is the first 'by Women for Women' EDE. Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage is situated in Mpumalanga Province, in a remote location in the north east of South Africa. The EDE training for sustainability course was the second such course to be held in South Africa. The course ran from 30th April to 25th May 2013.
38 people from 13 villages united in the Association Adrime were trained for 11 days in the Congo EDE. They received training on sustainable development strategies and adaptation to climate change, based on the curriculum of Gaia Education. The progarmme was adapted to the lifestyle of traditional Congolese villages, showing a path out of poverty for a sustainable future.
South Africa's first EDE was hosted by the Sustainability Institute and Lyndoch Ecovillage close to Stellenbosch and Cape Town, organised by Mama na Bana. Running from April 15 - May 12, 2012, the course was both challenging and profoundly rewarding for both the organizing team and the 25 participants who joined from around South Africa, Africa, and complemented by friends from the UK and Germany.
Kibbutz Lotan's Spring Green Apprenticeship programme ran from 27 Februrary - 27 July 2012, part of Living Route's semester abroad programme. A five-month EDE - a long course, run to the format of a non-academic semester. The Green Apprenticeship on Lotan is a strongly hands-on course that combines the EDE curriculum with Permaculture Design, emphasises on practical work in natural building and organic gardening, and an entire extra dimension that focuses on peace and social justice in the context of the Middle East.
Kibbutz Hukuk was unique as an EDE venue because a new group of about 40 ecologically oriented families with young children joined an already-established kibbutz (intentional community) with a diminished population, as many kibbutz members had left over the years. The new families introduced many ecological practices and started their own holistic grammar school and kindergarten onsite.