NASPLY focuses on building resilient communities and especially on youth with fewer opportunities. In the EU in 2020, 25% of young people between the age of 15-29 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion (Eurostat, 2022). 9% of these young people live in households with very low work intensity. 16.4 % of the 20-34 year-olds in the EU in 2019 were NEETs. In many cases, social exclusion and marginalisation are intersectional where cohorts of young people would experience heightened discrimination or lack of opportunities due to their gender, ethnicity, disabilities, intellectual ability or due to their socio-economic background. Such people feel less catered for in formal education systems, which could lead to young people being disengaged and disinterested in education. In Malta the number of early school leavers is amongst the highest in Europe, standing at 16.7% in 2019 (Eurostat, 2020).
The project NASPLY is a cooperation partnership that aims to tackle the environmental and climate crisis, increase social inclusion, increase life-skills of marginalised youth and improve wellbeing through the holistic permaculture approach that focuses on building resilience in communities, answering to the needs of young people. We use Social and Nature Permaculture as a theory for learning. Social permaculture focuses on the principles of permaculture design, extrapolated onto a societal level i.e. it looks at creating resilient communities were people understand their worth in society, what their role is in proving this, how they can learn from nature to have a strong social ecosystem. This project will tackle environmental, social integration, digital skills, and financial planning and green entrepreneurship and most importantly solidarity and care for others, all in one comprehensive project.