PAPPUS – Plants and Play Promoting Universal Skills

Plants and Play Promoting Universal Skills (PAPPUS) is a three-year project within the EU Erasmus+ program. PAPPUS is aimed at young disadvantaged people and provides them with a playful ‘Learning springboards’ using common plants as context, resource and inspiration for learning. The aim is to counteract the decreasing contact of young people with nature and to use the recognized advantages of a playful approach to plants in our natural environment. Immersing oneself in the world of nature is essential for the emotional and mental well-being of children and is also beneficial for their physical health.

Pappus (Greek πάππος pappos) is the modified calyx, the part of an individual floret, that surrounds the base of the corolla tube in flower heads of the plant family Asteraceae.

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PAPPUS offers teachers, recreational educators and families starting points for high-quality learning and playing inspired by the local flora.

Following national thematic assessments in the five participating European countries and a joint study excursion to Great Britain, we are developing various educational resources (toolkits) in the project, which are tested extensively. The result is a curriculum for an online train-the-trainer course for teachers and others who work with young people. The online trainings will be held in all partner countries, evaluated and presented and distributed in final national workshops (multiplier events).

PAPPUS aims to support disadvantaged young people in their development opportunities and thus combat social exclusion and, subsequently, identify career opportunities in the field of plants and nature.

Project duration

September 2019 – August 2022



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