15 February 2015 - Project "Include us in EVS" in Yerevan, Armenia
Contact making event entitled as "Include us in EVS" will take place in Yerevan, Armenia from 15-23 February, 2014. It will bring together youth workers and youth leaders from EU and non-EU countries, such us Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova. According to the need assessment on the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in EVS projects, we can easily notice that many youth organizations don't involve them in their EVS projects. The reason is the general fear among EVS organizations on how to integrate those young people in daily activities of the project, how to work with them and to what specifically to pay attention to. In order to change the situation for better, the contact making event ''Include us in EVS'' aims to increase the number of young people with fewer opportunities, particularly with disabilities in European Voluntary Service projects.
The Contact making event is implemented in frames of Erasmus Plus youth program and will bring together 30 youth workers and youth leaders, NGO workers, European Voluntary Service coordinators and mentors from EU and non-EU countries, such us Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia around the topic of inclusion of young people with disabilities into European Voluntary Service projects.
According to the need assessment on the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in European Voluntary Service (EVS) projects, it is easy to notice that many youth organizations don't involve them in their European Voluntary Service (EVS) projects. The reason is the general fear among the organizations on how to integrate those young people in daily activities of the project, how to work with them and to what specifically to pay attention.
Hence, "Include us in EVS" project aims to increase the number of young people with fewer opportunities, especially young people with disability in European Voluntary Service projects, to equip the project participants with knowledge about young people with fewer opportunities, to share the best practice of hosting them in European Voluntary Service projects, to develop the personal and professional competences of those working with them.
With the purpose of achieving our aim the project persuades the following objectives:
To equip the participants with knowledge about young people with fewer opportunities (Social obstacles, Economic obstacles, Disability, Educational difficulties, Cultural differences, Health problems, Geographical obstacles),
To reduce the fear of EVS organizations in hosting young people with fewer opportunities, especially with disabilities,
To share the best practice of SPOSA in hosting young people with disabilities with participants working in the field of EVS,
To develop the personal and professional competences of EVS managers, job supervisors and mentors for working with disabled young people.
During 7 working days of Contact making activity study visits will be organized to ArBeS Day Care Centre and to one local NGO which works with young people with disabilities. This will be the time when participants will get to know the Armenian reality related to the integration of young people with disabilities in social life. In the meantime, participants will start to make comparisons, by finding out the similarities and differences with their local communities.
A practical workshop will be delivered by partner organization from Slovakia on how to work with autistic young people by sharing their methods and giving some hints to other participants. During the project 2 Armenian young people with autism will be invited who did short-term European Voluntary Service in Slovakia. This would be the time of sharing experience and most importantly give a real example of involvement of young people with autism in European Voluntary Service projects.
The project will foster peer learning, through motivating youth workers to think of follow-up projects, turn their ideas into action and develop projects targeting young people with fewer opportunities.
9-11 February 2015 - Eastern Partnership Youth Forum, Riga, Latvia
The 2nd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum, organised in the context of Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, involved about 200 young people, youth workers, researchers and policy makers from both Eastern Partnership and Erasmus+ Programme countries. The Forum seeks to exchange innovative ideas and explore how various mobility and partnership programmes, cross-sectoral cooperation and work with policymakers can increase the employability and employment of young people.
The aim of the 2nd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum is to provide space for exploration and new developments of the following tools and processes related to employment of young people: mobility and partnership programmes, cross-sectorial cooperation, youth policy development, exchange of good practices and innovative ideas.
Program of the event has been designed considering objectives such as:
to foster sharing of good practices between participants of the forum in the field of cross-sectorial cooperation;
to have a critical analysis of good practices and find the ways to transform them to different realities;
to map challenges every sector faces and solutions that cross-sectorial cooperation can bring for the employment of young people;
to increase awareness of importance of impact, visibility and dissemination of results of mobility programmes;
to emphasize the results of the youth work and their relevance to job sector;
to increase the quality of youth projects within mobility programmes;
to work on policy recommendations to improve youth employability/employment.
The 2nd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum will offer participants the possibility to present their views on these topics, to discuss the latest research findings and develop and put forward their conclusions to policy makers. Forum will showcase and further develop the Eastern Partnership and Erasmus+ Programme countries' joint youth cooperation and provide a place to discover and create innovative, cross-sectorial approaches towards employability of young people.
Two intensive days have passed. Let's look back at all the positive emotions and impressions!
More info about activity: http://www.youthforum2015.eu
10 February 2015 - eTwinning – o comunitate a scolilor din Europa
eTwinning este o actiune a Comisiei Europene, parte a programului Erasmus+ si se adreseaza tuturor cadrelor didactice din invatamantul preuniversitar. Reteaua eTwinning este o comunitate formata din 283 244 de cadre didactice si peste 132 188 de scoli din 33 de tari Europene (cele 28 de state membre UE, Republica Islanda, Elvetia, Regatul Norvegiei, Republica Turcia si Fosta Republica Iugoslava a Macedoniei).
La 4 martie 2013 a fost lansat eTwinning Plus, o extensie partiala a eTwinning, adresata tarilor din Parteneriatul Estic, inclusiv Republica Moldova. Fundatia Est-Europeana din Republica Moldova a fost desemnata, prin ordinul nr. 1211 din 04 decembrie 2014, de Ministerul Educatiei al Republicii Moldova in calitate de Agentie Nationala de Suport eTwinning Plus pentru implementarea Programul eTwinning in tara noastra.
eTwinning este o platforma online gratuita, destinata elevilor, cadrelor didactice si personalului nedidactic (bibliotecari, laboranti, informaticieni, etc.), platforma de desfasurare de proiecte, de schimb de experiente, de invatare si de interactiune. Portalul promoveaza si faciliteaza colaborarea intre scoli prin utilizarea TIC, contribuind la formarea competentelor secolului XXI a tuturor celor implicati.
Platforma etwinning.net ofera:
instrumente pedagogice care integreaza noile tehnologii in procesul de invatare;
apropierea de celelalte tari participante si mai buna cunoastere a acestora;
implicarea in activitati curriculare comune;
participarea profesorilor la o retea europeana si oportunitati pentru dezvoltare profesionala, prin colaborarea in proiecte internationale si prin participarea la seminarii internationale de formare/ schimburi de experienta;
un cadru atractiv de invatare pentru elevi si pentru profesori;
recunoasterea oficiala si o mai mare vizibilitate a activitatii participantilor la nivel national si european;
premii anuale si certificate nationale si europene de calitate pentru cele mai bune proiecte.
Avantajele participarii la eTwinning:
Pentru cadrele didactice inscrise in comunitate, eTwinning inseamna OPORTUNITATE SI DESCHIDERE in toate sensurile: perfectionare profesionala, contactul permanent cu alte culturi si, de-aici, beneficii legate de exersarea limbilor straine in contexte reale, de schimbul de experienta, valori si strategii didactice cu colegi profesori din Europa, largirea ariei de expertiza prin diversitatea domeniilor in care se deruleaza proiectele pe care le coordoneaza. In plus, inseamna recunoastere adusa eforturilor depuse si rezultatelor obtinute, sesiuni de training si comunicare constanta cu alte cadre didactice cu interese si preocupari similare. Dar, mai ales, eTwinning ne arata noi moduri de a relationa cu elevii, cu partenerii de proiect.
Pentru elevi, eTwinning este o aventura, lucru in echipa, descoperiri si colegi din toata Europa, ocazia de a-si dezvolta si arata noi aptitudini, de a folosi creativ instrumentele digitale care fac parte din lumea lor de zi-cu-zi. In acest univers, profesorii le sunt prieteni si colaboratori, materiile – aride uneori – devin jocuri si proiecte, in special datorita modului de lucru si nenumaratelor posibilitati care depasesc combinatia clasica de pix si hartie. Nu este vorba despre alt grad de dificultate pentru ca un proiect eTwinning nu este deloc o sarcina usoara, este insa o provocare in care toti elevii participa cu motivatie si invata impreuna si unii de la altii.
eTwinning ofera scolilor din Europa un mijloc de comunicare, de schimb de idei si de initiere a unor proiecte de colaborare online. Prin intermediul unei platforme online care utilizeaza instrumentele web 2.0 pentru a facilita comunicarea, eTwinning a devenit o adevarata comunitate bazata pe colaborare, unde profesorii prezinta modalitati creative de consolidare a activitatilor de la clasa.
2015 este anul eTwinning!
Cu ocazia celebrarii unui deceniu de activitate, pe tot parcursul acestui an, in toate tarile eTwinning vor avea loc o serie de manifestari dedicate acestui eveniment. Un nou logo si un imn eTwinning va fi creat, iar o zi eTwinning va fi celebrata simultan in toate tarile eTwinning. Fii gata pentru a sarbatori 10 ani de eTwinning si in scoala ta!
Sursa de referinta: http://www.etwinning.net/
2 February 2015 - Deadline to apply for participation in EVS Coordinators Meeting 2015, Chisinau
SALTO EECA invites EVS projects' coordinators from Republic of Moldova to fourth annual, national meetings. The meetings will be an opportunity to integrate the EVS community in each country, to share experiences and good practices in sending and hosing volunteers, to discuss obstacles and plan common steps to overcome them.
The 2015 meetings are planed as one activity for all coordinators from the same country (whatever level of experience) for 2 working days (3 calendar days), 2 nights. For the meetings we invite one coordinator per organisation with EVS accreditation (exceptionally without accreditation if well justified and if we have free places). Each meeting will be run by experienced trainer and there will be possibility to meet and talk with SALTO EECA officer.
More information and registration form can be found here: https://www.salto-youth.net/rc/eeca/evs-trainings/evs-coordinators2015
26 January 2015 - Project "Fast Forward" in Beersel, Belgium
Young people are confronted with a rapidly changing society in which they are forced to make decisions that impact the rest of their lives in small or big ways. Many of these choices need to be made in a limited amount of time and with pressure from parents, teacher and friends.
Unfortunately, there are very few places where young can acquire the competences to deal with these situations and practice them in a safe environment. We believe that youth work can play a crucial role in this process.
In order to support youth workers/leader in reflecting on these uses we have created Fast Forward. This training course aims at developing the competences of youth workers/leaders to support young people on how to deal in a constructive way with the challenges of choices they encounter.
Develop competences to support young people in making informed choices;
Discuss how to encourage young people to follow their passion/interests;
Develop ways on how stimulate critical thinking and analytical competencies in young people;
Learn how to deal creatively with pressure and stressful situations?;
Acquire competences to support young people realizing their full potential;
Share creative tools and techniques that can be used for work with young people on issues mentioned above;
Debate how activities in the framework of Erasmus+ can be used to work on these issues.
This training will take place in Beersel (Belgium) at the Hanenbos training centre. The dates will be from 26 of January 2015 to 2 of February 2015.
25 January 2015 - Project W.O.So.Coop. (Work On Social Cooperation) in Casarsa, Italy
Consortium Leonardo in cooperation with ALDA, "MilleniuM" Training and Development Institute and other 16 organisations from across wider Europe, on 25th January launched the seven-day training course activity of the project Work on Social Cooperation (WOSOCOOP). The project is funded by the European Commission within the Erasmus+ programme under the K Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals Vocational Education and Training (VET) learner and staff mobility.
The project is managed in partnership with ALDA (European Agency for local democracy) and with Confcooperative Pordenone.
The aim of the project is to tackle youth unemployment by bringing together 40 youth workers from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine, France, Czech Republic, Turkey, Romania, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia and Spain to exchange experience and good practices on social cooperation.
Through a coherent set of tools including working groups, experts’ inputs and feedback, study visits and intercultural practices, the training course will strengthen participants’ knowledge and skills in acting as multipliers in their own countries to promote the access of disadvantaged youth into the labour market.
During the seven days will be presented the Italian model of social cooperation as one of the instruments to promote youth employment and will be provided seminar lessons which will be alternated interactive exercises and guided tours.
More information about the project you can find here: Project WOOSCOOP website