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Workshops – Green Educator Course: Permaculture Design Education – Charles Mugarura
April 22 @ 8:00 am - April 26 @ 5:00 pm
Permaculture is a lens through which we can see a regenerative future. It involves and connects all disciplines in education and it is everything within and touched upon the 3 Ethics: Earth Care, People Care & Future Care. Education should break through the idea that we are separate from the world around us, from nature, from animals, from soil, and from each other. Every human being should be able to grow food, save seeds, and prepare food as a basic building block for all their education. The most important element is how youth are getting involved and what the story is of making a regenerative culture which is in the hands of the ones who dream it and do it. We are inviting Charles Mugarura, Chief Executive Officer & Lead Permaculture Tutor & Designer of Broadfield Enterprises – Permaculture Group in Uganda, to share his story about community resilience, small enterprises, replicable efforts in communities and other very strong ideas and examples. Within the course, we’ll join our Middle School three day Permaculture Program where Charles and our Green School educators will co-facilitate a program for the Green Educator Course participants in cooperation with our Middle School Students. The exercise in this five-day program will focus on reverse engineering to try to see how, and if things fit into a permaculture model or if we could put them into a master plan. Green School is a campus filled with projects that may or may not have been designed using permaculture. The purpose of this course is how we can design education to be dynamic, fun and at the same time give an introduction to the power of permaculture for youth.
Charles is the founder, lead Permaculture designer and tutor at Broadfield Enterprises Uganda (BEU) – Permaculture Group. He began his journey back in 2008 at Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute of Australia, under the guidance of Rosemary Morrow and Dan Palmer. His social enterprise, BEU, focuses on the creation, implementation, and use of innovative climate change adaptation strategies using the permaculture ethics and principles. Charles has multiple professional trainings in leadership and innovation modeling and has taught on 5 PDCs and 30 short trainings and conducted impactful subject-centered solutions. He facilitated two Permaculture workshops at COY13 in Bonn, Germany and delivered the official position paper on climate change at COP23 in United Nations Climate Change Conference. Charles has received a number of awards, including the Youth Climate Change Activist from Global Citizen Festival, NYC in 2016. Currently, he is working continuously to integrate permaculture in Ugandan National Education Curriculum, to push Permaculture to be recognized as an outdoor learning discipline for teachers colleges to serve public schools where they have the biggest number of underprivileged children to have most impactful education.