AGROLYMPICS: Switzerland on top

BREAKING NEWS

28 September – 1 October 2017, Burgstadt, Saxony, GE 

Team SWITZERLAND has won the 2nd European AgrOlympics with ESTONIA in the silver medal position and the home team of SAXONY, GE in third.

A truly wonderful event and a few unforgettable days TOGETHER in Burgstadt with the youth of Green VET Europe 🙂

 

Many thanks to Gerd Alscher and his team for the pin perfect organisation and the great experiences!

A detailed article is coming soon to you here on our website. Meanwhile visit our Facebook page for more info and great pictures.

EUROPEA in Estonia !

Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
PRESS RELEASE
26.09.2017

Future workers in agriculture and rural economics need to be innovative

As a part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EUROPEA International held a conference titled “From Rural to Digital” on 21-24 September in Tartu, with representatives of vocational education and training institutions for agriculture and rural economics from 20 countries participating in the event. All the parties agreed that future workers need to be innovative, flexible, willing to communicate, able to adapt and ready to use various IT-solutions.

“Agricultural education is in constant change as it moves with the developments in society and technology. The Ministry of Rural Affairs still has close cooperation with agricultural education institutions. Vocational schools for agriculture play an important part in promoting rural life and shaping policies and offer a wide range of possibilities for lifelong learning,” Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm said in his address at the conference.

During the second day of the conference, several interesting and innovative solutions were presented, followed by a discussion panel. The participants came to the conclusion that the rapid developments in economy and technology require structural changes in vocational education and training. The needs to improve the attitude towards vocational education and for employers to be more involved in the vocational education system were also stressed during the conference.

The moderator of the conference, Ants-Hannes Viira, believes that implementing innovative IT-solutions will help improve productivity and be more sustainable for the environment. At the same time, they will also attract new and industrious people into the agro-food industry.

According to Elisabeth Hönigsberger, Secretary General of EUROPEA International, dealing with numerous challenges, such as climate change or food supply, puts an enormous demand on agriculture, as well as the agricultural training institutions and makes both rural and digital solutions necessary.

“Exchange of experience and cooperation among 20 countries is extremely important as this will help keep the high standards of our training institutions in the agricultural sector. The excellent examples presented in the meeting have already led to the first ideas and discussions for future projects to support our agricultural students in their learning process,” Hönigsberger stressed.

She added that: “As the Secretary General of EUROPEA, I want to express my gratitude for this perfectly organised meeting. We were impressed by the professionalism of EUROPEA Estonia and the hospitality of the Estonian people.”

According to Katrin Uurman, Director of the EUROPEA Estonia, the EUROPEA network is perfect for developing a good cooperation between partners and for finding answers through joint discussions and projects. “A new generation of youth is entering the market – a generation who, in the near future, will start to use technology that doesn’t even exist yet. And in that generation, there are also those who will, through their boldness and creativity, start to develop new and effective technologies for the agricultural sector. The EUROPEA International network with its possibilities for international cooperation will help with that. Together we are strong and will move forward,” she stressed.

“The number of rural economic or green sector schools has decreased in Europe as a whole. In order to gain new experience and organise professional competitions and various projects, we have to work together with other countries. This will also give an excellent opportunity for both teachers and students to gain international experience,” Head Master of Olustvere School for Services and Rural Economics, Arnold Pastak, said.

In addition to exchanging knowledge and experience, participants had an opportunity to get acquainted with Estonian educational institutions for agriculture and rural economics. During the first evening, members of EUROPEA were hosted by the Estonian Agricultural Museum. Guests were introduced to the Estonian food culture and farming traditions, while a real blacksmith gave a practical overview of his work. The musical entertainment was provided by the female choir Emajõe Laulikud.

On the third day of the conference, one group went to Räpina School of Horticulture with practical workshops and an opportunity for the participants to visit the small-entrepreneur Figuraata OÜ and the Räpina Creative Centre. At the same time, another group visited Olustvere School for Services and Rural Economics, where guests had a chance to visit the local food fair and the International Youth Ploughing Contest. The participants also met with the Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia, Mr Tarmo Tamm.

EUROPEA international conference was organised by the EUROPEA Estonia and the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia.

The EUROPEA International network is an organisation of institutions providing vocational education and training for agricultural, horticultural and forestry professions. It was created in 1992 and currently has 25 member countries. The goal of the network is to raise the levels of vocational education in agriculture, organise student and teacher exchange, help develop international cooperation projects, organise and support professional competitions and promote vocational education.

Estonia became a member of EUROPEA International in 2005. Estonia is represented in the EUROPEA International network by the non-profit organisation EUROPEA Estonian Centre that is a network for cooperation between representatives of the Järvamaa Vocational Education Centre, Olustvere School for Services and Rural Economics, Luua Forestry School and Räpina School of Horticulture.

Conference webpage and presentations: http://europeaestonia.weebly.com/september-22nd.html

EUROPEA International: http://europea.org/

Pictures from the Facebook page of the Ministry of Rural Affairs: https://www.facebook.com/Maaeluministeerium/

Photo: The participants of the conference met with Estonian minister of rural affairs Tarmo Tamm on the local food fair in Olustvere, photo by Oleg Harchenko | XOfoto

Sent by: Kertu Kärk (Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Public Relations Department)

Tel. +372 56 915 287

press@agri.ee

 

EUROPEA in ESTONIA !

The first press release is out ! Read it here:

Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
PRESS RELEASE
22.09.2017

Future of vocational education in agriculture and rural economics discussed in Tartu

As a part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EUROPEA International will hold a conference titled “From Rural to Digital” on 21-24 September in Tartu, with representatives of vocational education and training institutions for agriculture and rural economics from 20 countries participating in the event. The main topic of discussion will be skills needed in the 21st century and the expectations for future workers.

According to the Minister of Rural Affairs, Tarmo Tamm, education in agriculture and rural life has to serve a purpose, be based on the needs of the employers, be forward-looking and ready to react to fast changes in society. “The question is, what are the things we have to teach and how, so that they would suit the changing labour market and future jobs, while being attractive to students,” minister Tamm said.

A day of presentations and discussions will be held today, 22 September at the AHHAA science centre, where an overview of the Estonian agriculture will be given by Ants-Hannes Viira from the Estonian University of Life Sciences, who will also be the moderator for the conference. After that, Rain Leoma and Karin Jõers-Türn from the Estonian Qualifications Authority will talk about the objectives of the Estonian occupational qualifications system (OSKA). The results and conclusions of the forestry and timber industry study and the on-going agriculture and food industry study will also be introduced. Kerli Požogina from the Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) will present the activities of HITSA, talk about the e-Vocational School consortium, introduce the digital capacity assessment model for vocational schools and give an overview of the results of the self-assessments of vocational schools from last year. In addition, listeners will be given an overview on the possibilities of teacher education in Estonia. The education technology standards for teachers (ISTE), the ProgreTiiger programme and the eTwinning project will also be focused on.

The smart solutions of the sector will be introduced by Meit Jürgens from Agricon, Vallo Visnapuu from Timbeter and Robin Saluoks from eAgronom. After the lunchbreak, Helen Põllo, Head of the Vocational Education Department at the Ministry of Education and Research, will give a presentation on the current situation of vocational education in Estonia. After the presentation, Margus Muld (Väätsa Agro AS), Haana Zuba-Reinsalu (Luua Forestry School), Marge Kusmin (Smart Education System), Siim Krusell (Estonian Qualifications Authority) and Helen Põllo (Ministry of Education and Research) will be talking about the expectations on the workers of the future in agriculture and rural economics.

At the end of the day, after all the presentation, representatives of 20 countries will meet to discuss the future actions of EUROPEA International. Listeners will have an opportunity to visit local two businesses in the Tartu area – Grüne Fee and Plantex tree nursery.

EUROPEA international conference is organised by the non-profit organisation EUROPEA Eesti Keskus (EUROPEA Estonian Centre) and the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia.

The EUROPEA International network is an organisation of institutions providing vocational education and training for agricultural, horticultural and forestry professions. It was created in 1992 and currently has 25 member countries. The goal of the network is to raise the levels of vocational education in agriculture, organise student and teacher exchange, help develop international cooperation projects, organise and support professional competitions and promote vocational education.

Estonia became a member of EUROPEA International in 2005. Estonia is represented in the EUROPEA International network by the non-profit organisation EUROPEA Eesti Keskus (EUROPEA Estonian Centre) that is a network for cooperation between representatives of the Järva Country Vocational Education Centre, Olustvere School for Services and Rural Economics, Luua Forestry School and Räpina School of Horticulture.

Web page of the conference: http://europeaestonia.weebly.com/

Web page of EUROPEA International: http://europea.org/

Press information: Kertu Kärk, kertu.kark@agri.ee

 

Sent by:

Kertu Kärk

Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia

Public Relations Department

Preparations for the 2nd European AgrOlympics nearly completed

More than 100 young agricultural apprentices from around Europe will gather in Central Saxony next week. They all wish to participate in the 2nd European AgrOlympics, organized under the 20th Saxon Harvest Thanksgiving Festival from September 28th to October 1st 2017 in Burgstädt. 

Due to the special public and professional interest the Saxon State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG) entrusted the Christian Social Training Institute Saxony e.V. Miltitz and the Agricultural College Freiberg-Zug (member of EUROPEA Germany) with the preparation and staging of the 2nd European AgrOlympics, funded by the Free State of Saxony. The competition is supported by the District of Central Saxony, the Agriculture School Döbeln, the officials of the hosting city Burgstädt and others involved.   

The participants will compete in the following practical disciplines:

  • 1  Reversing a trailer
  • 2 Splitting wood
  • 3 Tractor skill driving
  • 4 Piling potato boxes
  • 5 Balancing large straw balls (with tractor)
  • 6 Fencing
  • 7 Pressing apple juice
  • 8 Changing cultivator points
  • 9 Throwing hay bales onto a straw stack
  • 10 Piling small straw bales
  • 11 Adjusting a seed drill
  • 12 Changing Tractor wheels
  • 13 Building a water pipe
  • 14 Hand milking
  • 15 Laying a brick wall
  • 16 Spreading fertilizer
  • 17 Assembling a (mower) engine
  • 18 Estimating weights

The competition will take place on Friday, September 29th 2017 from 13h00 and Saturday, September 30th 2017 from 09h00 on the premises of the Riding Club St. Georg Burgstädt. The official award ceremony will be hosted by the Saxon State Minister for the Environment and Agriculture, Mr. Thomas Schmidt, on September 30th 2017 at 18h15.

The participants are divided into 20 Teams, from 19 different European countries. Apart from the hosting country Germany, which may send 2 teams, participants from Poland, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and Serbia have registered. Every team consists of 4 competitors and one supervisor. Germany will be represented by a mixed team of competitors from the Agricultural College Freiberg-Zug and the Agricultural School Döbeln, as well as a team of agricultural college students from Stade/Lower Saxony, Güstrow/Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Rotthalmünster/Bavaria. A team of judges, consisting of technical college students from Zug and Döbeln as well as experienced teachers and trainers for agriculture, will judge the performances of the participating teams and declare a winner.

Since March, the organizers, the Technical College Center Freiberg-Zug and the Christian Social Training Institute Saxony e.V. Miltitz, have advanced the preparations of the AgrOlympics in numerous meetings with the local stakeholders and many supporters and nearly have completed all preparations.

We all look forward to good and fair competitions, a large audience and a great and peaceful festival of the youth in Europe.

By Gerd Alscher (Headmaster FSZ FG-Zug), September 20th 2017.