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Welcome to Sicilia Integra Blog powered by Gaia Education

Hello World, we’re excited to have you here!

Feel warmly welcome to follow our blog where we share stories from Sicilia Integra Project-Based Learning.  This is an example of edge work supporting the integration between hosting communities and migrants, they themselves shifting from being the victims of traffickers to agents of change, building a better future, free from poverty and war while supporting the local Sicilian economy.

Learning about Permaculture and much more on the Sicilia Integra Course

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By Katerina Skronta

My name is Katerina Skronta, I am from Greece and I graduated from the School of Agriculture at the University of Thessaloniki. I discovered permaculture from two Italian farmers that have lived their lives according to the principles of it. I always wanted to learn more about permaculture and to gain experience working in the farm.

During this course, I learned more than I expected. First of all, I met beautiful people from all over the world. Every day, little by little, we came closer, we shared our stories and started to build a team. This for me was unique because it is the first time that I have tried to build a big project while being a part of a team. I realised the importance of taking into consideration everybody’s opinions and giving everybody the opportunity to express their thoughts. I had also the opportunity to express my own ideas and to dream of how this project would be in the future. I developed my critical thought and every day when the course ended I always had food for thought at home.

From the agricultural point of view, I learned techniques that I am very interested in practicing more in the future. Meeting John Button and Francesca Simonetti who taught us how to design our farm in a sustainable way following the principles of permaculture was very helpful because it showed me that this approach can be successful and efficient.

I would like to thank all the people that helped to accomplish this course wishing to continue working all together for future projects and completing everybody’s dreams.

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Zero to Hero non chemical agriculture

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By Elliot Moro

We are very happy to get these agricultural practices: first of all we thank those who organised the course for us. We learnt about the agricultural checking of land and soil before the planting of fruit and vegetables without any chemicals, and how to make sponge and compost in agricultural practices.

We don’t want to finish this course without working on it, so we want to continue practicing hands on.

We are pleading for companies, organisations, institutes and individuals all over the world to help us to continue this practice to learn more and produce good fruit and vegetables without chemicals for all the world.

Sustainability Designers – the future is here!

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The third Sicilia Integra course in Design for Sustainability through Organic Food Production is taking place in Catania, Sicily. Our latest designers for sustainability, a group of migrants and Sicilian youth are already in their third week of training.

Now in the ecological element of the course  they are developing skills that will stand them in good stead, whatever the future holds. Working together for an integrated society, these young people are the shining stars for a very bright future.
Find out more on https://www.facebook.com/groups/968968159807185/

#SDGs #Goal8 #MigrantsWelcome #SiciliaIntegra

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Adam; I remember that we  were facing difficulties in this last generation and we have to search for the solutions of the difficulties, that’s why we started with Gaia Education to create unity among mankind. Am putting into practice 100 percent of what we learn from the cause and i like everything about the training am doing…

By Siaka Jammeh

MY EXPERIENCE WITH SICILIA INTEGRA – WHAT THE TRAINING HAS TAUGHT ME…

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Muhammed Janneh

The main ideas that have stayed with me from the five weeks course are; In the social design week we learned about; Agreement and the process of agreement like Form, Storm, Norms and Perform. Collaborative communication. Compassion means caring for one another and responsibility. Mudita means your success is my success. We learned the two ways of communication; Deep speaking and Deep listening. In the Economic and Social Economy week we developed our understanding of Health, Hygiene, Safety and Security at work place, Micro Credit and Micro Finance where we discuss Banks, Loans and Investment.

In the Ecological design week we learn about permaculture and the main principle of permaculture, which is Earth care, People care Fair share. We also learn about Cropping systems, Water and ways of preserving it  for agricultural purpose. These are some of the main things that important to me;

One of the things is, Collaborative communication and also Health, Hygiene, Safety and Security at my working place. What i like most about the training on the job is everything am doing. There are challenges but am living up to them and hopefully at the end of the training we will continue working with Gaia Education. that’s our aim and objectives…

By Siaka Jammeh

Story of Salvo Perna breathing life into new friendships and an integrated, sustainable future for all. ​

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My name is Salvo Perna, I live in Sicily, a beautiful land rich in history, art, culture and that, in these times, its tragically know for the dead migrants in neighbouring waters.

I joined the project participating in his 2nd course, I was curious about the title, Sicilia Integra (Sicily Integrates), uncorrupted, but capable of integrating people like us live dramatic moments.

My drama called work, that no longer exists, because after 50 years of industrial exploitation, devastation and pollution they have consumed all without thinking of the consequences, and now simply closes their refineries; and the farms? All abandoned by farmers  now industrial workers retire or from cancer deaths.

The drama of black friends that reach us called it war, hunger, but in anyway it binds us all being migrant, he who runs away from a violent death, or he who runs away from a difficult life.

So I wonder why keep running?

I stopped to think with what are now my best friends and with them we have taken root for a new sustainable future.

Together we have found ways to recover these abandoned lands and in 5 weeks, thanks to the educational programs of Gaia Education and some fantastic people that represent it we created a design for a Bio Park that will restore life to a dull community and allow the emergence of a new network of cooperative farms and the inclusion of any other boys both migrants that Sicilians to give new life to the local economy and new hopes for the future.

Before I was alone and unemployed, now I  seek to start new initiatives with new friends.