Project-based learning Supporting SDGs implementation

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Gaia Education’s Project-Based Learning is a dynamic learning approach in which stakeholders acquire appropriate skills and analytical tools while actively exploring real-life solutions to the challenges of designing sustainable settlements.

We work with traditional and indigenous communities in the global South to improve the way they manage their environments and villages, while addressing climate change vulnerabilities. Engaged communities benefit with more stable and fertile soil, secure supply of food and clean water and enhanced livelihoods.

Current Project-Based Activities


Khulna & Bagerhat Districts, Southern Bangladesh

Building Capacity and Empowering Communities in Khulna and Bagerhat Districts, Southern Bangladesh, towards Sustainable Agriculture, Aquaculture Development and Climate Change Adaptation Interventions
Project Term: May 2013 to March 2017 
Funded by: The Scottish Government
Partners: BASD, CIFAL Scotland and Gaia Education


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Kakiriguma, Odisha Estate, India

Empowering and Building Capacity of Tribal Communities of Four Gram Panchayats of Laxmipur Block of Koraput District in Odisha to Increase Food Security, Strengthen Social Cohesion, and Enhance Climate Resilience
Project Term: 1 April 2014 to 31 October 2016
Funded by: The Scottish Government
Partners: THREAD and Gaia Education


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Podor Region, Northern Senegal

Increasing Food Security, Income Generation and Environmental Sustainability for four different villages in Northern Senegal through Sustainable Farming, Agroforestry and Sustainable Settlements Capacity Building
Project Term: June 2014 to March 2017
Funded by: UK Aid
Partners: Le Partenariat, CIFAL Scotland and Gaia Education


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Sicilia Integra, Sicily

Socio-economic Integration of Migrants arriving in Sicily, through Organic Products
Project Term: January 2016 to July 2017
Funded by: LUSH, The Global Whole Being Fund of RSF Social Finance, Voelkel, Permakultur Akademie
Partners: University of Catania, Don Bosco 2000, Il Girasoli, Passwork, LUSH



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Participatory Learning

We stress the importance of social learning as the most important process for sustainable development, where knowledge is produced by all actors and is constantly evolving. Our learning approaches ensure that project-based interventions involve full participation of local organisations while providing an empowering experience for all.

Technical support

Technical support is given by our global network of ecovillage educators, known as the GEESE, and constituted by experts from pioneering research and development centres for carbon-constrained lifestyles. Core technical support offered by the GEESE include

  • Participatory mapping of community forests, land and resource use areas
  • Community capacity building and institutional development
  • Engaging government, institutional stakeholders and policies
  • Participatory village scenario planning and the design of project activities
  • Baseline assessments of community livelihoods, governance and resource use

Dissemination support

We take pride in being active in sharing lessons learned from project-based activities with several networks of movements for social transformation; amongst them Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Transition Network, (TN) and the European Network for Local, Community-based Action on Climate Change (ECOLISE).