URGENCI’s first online course is about to start

This is a historical moment as URGENCI is launching its first online course – an e-learning course for food citizens — with a live session to be held today, Monday 10 January at 1400 CET. This capacity-building training is designed for 20-25 food community members from different parts of the world who are interested in making more sustainable food choices, learning about farmer fairness and protecting the planet.

The course will be offered using URGENCI’s new online learning platformhttps://hub.urgenci.net/.  It has been developed by a consortium of 4 organizations, including URGENCI, but also TVE, the Association of Conscious Consumers in Hungary, Ampi, the network of Community -Supported Agriculture in the Czech Republic, and FER, the Foundation for Eco-Development in Poland.

Here are the main topics covered during this free course, which will run until the 4th of February:

  • The journey of a food citizen
  • The basics of food communities
  • Understanding the food supply chain and why our choices matter
  • Communication skills for food community members
  • Empowering members & contending with conflict in food communities

Zsofi Perenyi, Education and Training Expert for the International Committee of URGENCI is enthusiastic about the online course These topics are a reflection of the key issues citizens are facing when they start to get involved in food initiatives. This has actually been the essence of Food and More, a project that started in 2019 and has enabled dozens of CSA members, farmers, network coordinators and mentors to get a better understanding of how to build up resilient food communities”.

The learners will receive access to the online learning platform where they will be encouraged to go through the content each week on their own time. They will also meet with other learners in three live online zoom sessions.

“This course is the first iteration of a generation of online courses to be offered in 2022 and beyond. There will be a wide range of training addressing the issue of getting the international food movements organized and building the capacity of its actors”, explains Nathalie Markiefka, Training Coordinator at URGENCI, who has co-designed the course with Samuel Holder, URGENCI’s Pedagogical Designer.

The registration for future online courses will be open on URGENCI’s website. The online training materials will be shared as the courses will be conducted.

The Food and More Working Book is already available here.

This course and its materials were designed thanks to the support of the European Union through the Erasmus+ funding programme for Education and Training.

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.