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Literacy boost through an Operational Educational Ecosystem of Societal actors on Soil health

Project description

Bridging the knowledge gap in soil education

The importance of soil for sustainable development cannot be overstated. However, soil education faces a critical knowledge gap that hinders our ability to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. In this context, the EU-funded LOESS project aims to revolutionise soil education by mapping, connecting and engaging communities. Specifically, LOESS will co-create tailored courses and modules, including virtual reality, to address educational needs across different levels. With activities spanning 15 countries, it fosters effective knowledge flows through hands-on learning and encourages wider adoption. LOESS campaigns, events, and collaborations with authorities and institutions will promote knowledge exchange, while capacity building and peer-to-peer learning drive enhanced soil education. LOESS empowers societies to protect this vital resource.


LOESS will map, connect and engage with multiple actors in Communities of Practice (CoPs) to provide an overview of the current level of soil related knowledge in different educational levels and develop teaching programmes and materials including an Atlas of Soil Education. LOESS will explore educational needs amongst school pupils (primary and secondary levels), students (tertiary level) and young professionals, and society across the European Union and Horizon Europe Associated Countries. LOESS will investigate why existing material is not used to a greater extent and co-create courses and modules for soil education, including virtual reality/augmented reality applications. These resources will target the different stages of education and connect to global and local challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss and the Sustainable Development Goals. LOESS will co-create and test pedagogical techniques to encourage effective knowledge flows and discourse between educators and learners and between different knowledge systems (scientific, political, individual local and collective cultural knowledge). It will carry out activities in 15 countries and provide hands-on activities related to soil education through Community Engaged Research and Learning. To overcome the awareness gap, LOESS will organise focused campaigns and events to exchange knowledge, promote discussion on the results and encourage higher uptake. LOESS will also engage with public authorities and institutions responsible for primary, secondary and tertiary education and provide targeted recommendations and resources for improved knowledge enhancement. Capacity building, knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer learning will accompany LOESS' education and dissemination activities.



Net EU contribution
€ 393 703,75
Reuterstrasse 157
53113 Bonn

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Bonn, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Other funding
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