This topic contributes to the implementation of the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’, in particular to its specific objective 8 “Increase soil literacy in society across Member States”. It supports the objectives of the European Green Deal, the European Climate Pact and the EU Soil Strategy for 2030. In addition, results obtained under this topic should contribute to the objectives of the European Education Area, the Education for Climate Coalition and improve the European sustainability competence framework (GreenComp) to prepare people to face the challenges of a changing climate world.
Project results should contribute to all of the following outcomes:
As highlighted in the EU Soil Strategy for 2030 and in the implementation plan of Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’, soil is a scarce and non-renewable resource which is vital to ensure life on Earth. However, the value of soil is not fully recognised in society. Individuals are often unaware of the relevance of soil in their daily lives and of the pressures that human activities pose on soil health. To improve society’s understanding of soils and incentivise behavioural change, there is a need to embed soil related subjects more firmly into the various levels of education and link enhanced information on soils with people’s values. Activities under this topic will foster soil education in schools, universities and professional education in EU Member States and Associated Countries.
Projects are expected to:
Proposals should apply a multi-actor approach where soil experts, behavioural scientists, specialists in pedagogy, in education, and in communication are working closely together with teachers, professors and students in synergy with the Education for Climate Coalition and relevant initiatives of National Coalitions. In addition, consortia should tap into the expertise of organisations and institutions with experience in citizen science and in running science shops.
Potentially, the project financed under this topic could also cooperate with Living Labs and lighthouses that will be created in future calls under the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’.
Proposals should demonstrate a route towards open access, longevity, sustainability and interoperability of knowledge and outputs through close collaboration with the European Soil Observatory (EUSO) and other projects to be funded under the mission, in particular under the topic HORIZON-MISS-2021-SOIL-01-01. The proposals shall include dedicated tasks and appropriate resources for this coordination.
Activities under this topic should be in line with the Council recommendation on education for environmental sustainability (EES), and should contribute to the European community of practice on EES, Education for Climate Coalition.Cross-cutting Priorities:
 European Education Areas: https://ec.europa.eu/education/education-in-the-eu/european-education-area_en
 The online course developed by the Joint Research Centre on soil biodiversity is a good example of such a content targeting teachers and pupils which aims at raising awareness and increasing knowledge about soil: https://academy.europa.eu/courses/soil-a-burst-of-life-the-hidden-world-beneath-our-feet
 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/
 EIT alumni: https://eitalumni.eu/
 EU Soil Observatory, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/eu-soil-observatory
 Preparing the ground for healthy soils: building capacities for engagement, outreach and knowledge,Topic ID: HORIZON-MISS-2021-SOIL-01-01
 Education for Climate Coalition is a flagship project of the Education Area. It is the European participatory community for teachers, students and education stakeholders to act collectively on innovative education solutions for environmental sustainability: https://education-for-climate.ec.europa.eu/community/home