I have always been intrigued by the concept and sound of a learning village. A big inspiration has always be the Kufunda Learning Village in Zimbabwe, where learning about ourselves and the land is part of building a culture of resilience. Although this place is very close to an eco-village concept, I believe putting learning at the centre of how we live together could be possible in many more places. I’d dare say that it will be more and more needed to discover new ways of living together to deal with current and forthcoming challenges.
This inspiration and ideas was at the centre of our Oasis Learning Village program. In the spring of 2019 we hosted a 10 day immersion in rural Germany based on the premise that the idea of village life resembles a way of co-existence in which people could construct relationship of growth. The Oasis Learning Village brought together participants from 6 countries across Europe to live, work and grow together with the residents of Bad Gandersheim.
Find out more about this topic and other reflections on rural community development and diversity on the the Oasis Learning Village blogs; http://community-action-learning.eu/oasis-learning-village-do-we-need-village-life-to-learn-to-live-again