Training for trainers

Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

A specific format has been developed – mixing and perfecting the French and English traditions on urban gardens that are some of the strongest traditions on this topic in Europe – with the purpose of ensuring the appropriate preparation of those trainers that wish to implement training for Gardeniser Trainees at a local level.

Although a Gardeniser Trainer should already have a certain level of expertise in the field of urban gardens and in delivering training, considering the variety of different areas of expertise covered by the training for Gardeniser Trainees, a specific publication is produced to provide all the information and pedagogical, methodological, educational tools that are necessary in order to implement the local training sufficiently and in an standardised way across Europe. Being a methodological tool aimed at specialised staff, it is written in English to ensure the use of only one reference glossary, thus facilitating the mutual comprehension as well as the mutual exchange of procedures and evolutions that can follow its implementation.

The format has been tested by a pool of 10 trainers, 2 from each of the partner countries of the project Gardeniser Pro, during a training for trainers held in Manchester (UK) in April 2018

The format  for the training for trainers addresses the following topics, which partially coincide with the modules of the local training courses for Gardeniser Trainees: 
  • group’s development
  • conflicts’ management
  • elements that need to be considered in planning an educative intervention
  • the urban garden’s concept
  • history and philosophy
  • garden and gardeners 
  • urban gardens: missions and types
  • designing an urban garden
  • planning an urban garden
  • the urban garden in its territory
  • Gardeniser: role and functions
  • educative approach
  • tools and techniques in the garden
  • support and group’s dynamics
  • sustainable practises and actions
  • resources for durability: motivation and funds
  • integration of the urban garden in the urban architecture
  • access to land and water
  • legal status, regulations and procedures
  • good practices and internal guidelines
  • self-assessment as a dimension for orienting the action
  • external evaluation and recognition
  • tools and techniques for impact’s evaluation
  • how to recognise the competencies acquired by the Gardeniser Trainees
  • ECVET: how it works and how to use it
  • Toolkit: training activities to use
The format for the training for trainers is a specific methodological-educational reference point allowing the trainers to become multipliers and to train other trainers also after the end of the project. In general, its aim is to enable the trainers to: 
- create a working group and educational environment facilitating the use of non-formal education in urban gardens
- promote the urban garden’s concept through a reflection on its value and its models in different contexts and phases, strengthening a sense of respect and responsibility in the gardenisers in defining its concept and mission
- enable the gardenisers to develop an action’s plan for the urban garden, considering the different local factors and phases that it implicates
- lead the gardenisers to gain new knowledge, skills, and competencies about the process of coordinating and implementing an urban garden’s project
- allow the gardenisers to acquire an educational approach to the urban garden aimed to add value to the socio-cultural perspective of its action
- provide the gardenisers with tools designed to ensure the durability of an urban garden’s project also in terms of participants’ motivation, with a view to facilitating a sustainable development and an integration with the hosting territory
- allow the gardenisers to know and delve into tools and precautions regarding security and legality in the context in which the urban garden’s action takes place.