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Update – How have the Permaculture Educational Structures changed in Sweden in the years 2012 – 2014?

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Interview with Klara Hansson,Permakultur Sverige, July 2014 by Gaye Amus

The interest in permaculture  in Sweden has been on the rise for a few years now, but I couldn’t link it straight to the EPT partnership. However, the partnership and the network created has allowed for more international teachers to come to Sweden, simply because there are now a lot more personal links established. For example, I have invited Peter Cow from the UK to come to Gothenburg to host a PDC with me. We have also identified a need for a better updated webpage, www.permakultur.se, where all the courses offered in Sweden are visible, and this is now working a lot better. In a way, the EPT has boosted a restructuring within the Swedish board and we are now working more efficiently.

The Swedish organisation is strongly linked to the Danish and Norwegian ones, and in between us we are now working on updating our diploma pathways and our diploma system as a whole. We are growing quite fast and there is a need to accomodate more persons within the process of becoming a Diploma holder. Seeing and learning about how other countries have organised themselves has really helped us speed up succession in this work. Now we can pick and choose the formats we find smart and integrate them into the Nordic set up.

Update – How Have the Permaculture Educational Structures Changed in Germany in the Years 2012 – 2014?

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Jan Fischer, Permakultur Akademie Deutschland interviewed by Monika Frank 28th – 30th of June 2014.

The interest into permaculture has largely increased in Germany over the last two years, the Akademie has responded to this by organising more PDCs (in 2014 8 instead of 4-5 in the previous years) and has lifted the restricition on the number of PDCs, established in the past to avoid competition. Also the number of students enrolled in the Akademie has doubled which led to more persons working as tutors and on the online-structures with these students.

The idea of regionalisation takes place with more regionally based introduction courses. This development would have been taken place maybe also without the european partnership, but the regular contacts with collegues from other countries has helped the awareness to be part of a bigger network which supports each member of it. The sessions about pedagogy and teaching methods have inspired some german permaculture teachers to organise the first teacher trainings in their country which have taken place only in other european countries so far.

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