EDUCATE- Training of Trainers and the GEN Africa Conference
Recently GEN Africa members, ecovillage movement leaders and regional representatives from almost 20 African nations gathered in Zimbabwe for a 5 day Ecovillage Design and GEN Training of Trainers and the subsequent annual GEN Africa Conference. It was a rich, vibrant, energetic and inspiring gathering full of capacity building and learning about the use of the ecovillage design cards in combination with permaculture design principles, linking current and future projects to the dimensions of the sustainability mandala. But it was not just all learning and sharing – the training was also characterized by an abundance of song, dance and laughter - really benefiting from the richness and cultural diversity of the attendees present. Since the training was held at the new location of SCOPE, the Permaculture Institute of Zimbabwe, the group was also invited to join a land blessing and naming ceremony led by Ma Visolela from Namibia.While transitioning from the training venue to the conference venue, the group eager to see the ecovillage of some participants took a day trip to Kufunda Village.
The GEN Africa Conference was once again a highly inspiring and motivating gathering of ecovillage movement leaders from almost 20 African countries, hosted at an eco-lodge near Harare. It was a beautiful mix of networking, sharing, exploring the ecovillage design cards, holding the general assembly, and celebrating life through song and dance. During the open day, government officials and school representatives were welcomed and introduced to GEN Africa’s amazing community-led work on the ground.
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