Making Education Work

Making Education Work

Transforming education for youth employment in the agri-sector

Want to deliver the next generation of entrepreneurial and hands-on graduates?

Welcome to our blended learning programme for lecturers, instructors & researchers at universities or vocational training centres in agriculture and rural development. 

Employers hire students even before they graduate because they are exactly what their business needs. Farmers, NGOs and agri-businesses do pay instructors for their training and services because they have benefitted from them. Your research could involve several committed stakeholders, allowing for results to published and shared widely to establish a strong academic standing.    

'Making Education Work' will help you gain the skills to have classes full of proactive students who are eager to learn!

What kind of course is this?

The course Making Education Work is a three months blended learning programme. It combines the advantages of group learning and digital (on and offline) learning instruments.

In the group training you will learn from people from different contexts, getting exposure to other realities during real-life case studies and field visits. During the group training you will also be exposed to interactive learning and facilitation techniques.

The digital instruments will allow you to learn in the time that suite best to your agenda. It will also assure application and adaptation to your own reality, while being coached by trainers with a wide range of experience.

What you will learn in this three months blended programme is to:  

  • Conduct a labour market assessment and define a competence profile that will include prospective employers’ needs in your courses
  • Design sessions where students practice the skills they need to get a job
  • Give a convincing presentation to your students using video tools
  • Organise real-life learning events for your students and combine them with service delivery to farmers, agri-businesses or civil society organisations
  • Engage various stakeholders in research activities and position yourself as an initiator of change

The course is absolute spot on with adequately exercise to stimulate your interest. There is no dull moment and the core of the issues bedevilling the educational, research and outreach sector are adequately addressed. 

- Obokhai Kess Asikhia, Nigeria March 2018

Course components

1. Two week group training in the Netherlands (residential/in-person)

You will learn how to link your classes with the future job reality of your students by identifying the needs of the labour market. You will learn practical ways to go beyond conventional teaching methodology in your courses. Based on your fellow participants’ cases you will learn to assess students’ competencies beyond the traditional exams. You will also visit Dutch education institutes to see these tools in action.

The last week you will to organise your research in such way that it leads to practical solutions that benefit producers or agribusiness directly. Through a field exercise, you will study action reach in an agriculture setting and reflect on your role as researcher based on various case studies. You will also make a personal action plan for your courses at home.

2. Digital modules (online) 

You will learn about the recent trends in tertiary education and learn to make you curricula competence based. You will learn to present with impact and use video as a tool to sell your key message to your students and trainees. You will learn how to create more interaction in small and large audience and motivate student to take a pro-active approach.     

The digital modules consists of audio and video files, transcripts, ready-made templates, practical assignments and background reading

3. Individual coaching (online)

You get personal feedback of the iCRAtrainers and fellow trainees on your practical assignments and implementation coaching after the group training. This way you will assisted to apply everything you learned in an effective way and achieve your personal learning objectives to the max.      

4. Online mastermind sessions (online)

During online group mastermind sessions you can ask all the questions you like and discuss and reflect upon common challenges with your fellow trainees and iCRA trainer.

Who can attend this course?

The course is specially designed for professionals that: 

  • Are ambitious and want to make a change
  • Have at least five years professional experience, preferably in tertiary agricultural education and training or a related field
  • Are proficient in English

 Click here to meet your iCRA trainers!


This course is a recognised NUFFIC course and therefore qualifies for OKP & MENA Scholarships. Each course participant will receive a certificate of attendance after successfully completing the course.  


Date and venue

25 March - 5 April 2019 | Wageningen, the Netherlands (1 March - 13 May full programme incl online learning)
31 Oct - 17 Nov 2018 | Wageningen, the Netherlands (7 Oct - 6 Dec full programme incl online learning)

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