Glimpse into History

14-15 January 1993 (!)

Cordially welcomed by Norbert Feltgen, headmaster and Georges Krack, president of the COE (Comité d’Organisation EUROPEA), a group of dedicated colleagues working in European agricultural education arrives at Lycée Technique Agricole in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg on 14 January 1993. They are on a mission: to create The Statutes of EUROPEA and establish a new kind of cooperation within the Green Sector of the continent. On the following day the document is completed, and EUROPEA (l’Europe de l’Enseignement Agricole) is in for a successful journey into the world of collaboration, professionalism, friendship and goodwill.

Exactly 25 years ago today, during the afternoon of 15 January 1993 The Statutes of EUROPEA were signed by 15 representatives of 8 countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal and The United Kingdom. Furthermore, the first Executive Committee was appointed with Jakob Kjaer (DK) as president, and the Belgian delegation was trusted to seek official recognition of the Statutes by the Belgian authorities.

Madelon de Beus, one of the Dutch delegates recollects her memories of those two days: ‘It was not easy. Norbert Feltgen (LU) was the president of the meeting, and Georges Demeester (BE), as a lawyer, explained the statutes. We spoke thoroughly about each article. As you can imagine, every country had its own opinion about how to run an association like this! But after two days we all approved The Statutes and EUROPEA was a fact!’

A new movement was undeniably launched, free to rise and ready for a rich and exciting future! Today, 25 years after this historic event, EUROPEA is proud to unite 25 countries, more than 1000 Green VET schools and it is stronger and hotter than ever.

Salute the founders and long live EUROPEA!

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Georges (LU), Jacob and Henrik (DK) 😊 Special thanks to Madelon (NL) 😊 😊

Greetings from Budapest

3-5 December 2017, Budapest, Hungary

Old and new members of the EUROPEA Editorial Group met up this winter in the capital of Hungary to discuss future takes and responsibilities, gather new ideas and lift EUROPEA PR to a different level.

The Agenda embraced the following topics: re-organisation of the Editorial Group, strategy of the EUROPEA PR, development of Social Media and evaluation of the AGROLYMPICS.

During the eight-hour work meeting the team agreed on many duties and actions including, for instance, interesting long-term campaigns on the website, creating new Social Media spaces (Instagram, YouTube), setting up a picture bank and starting a Wikipedia entry. The Report with all the details is currently in making and it is coming soon to TeamEngine.

In Budapest editors were joined by the representatives of the Executive Committee, Elisabeth and Nicolas. Also, Izabella, the NC of EUROPEA-Hungary paid a visit to the meeting. Finally, the team was hosted by the FM KASZK Centre on the last evening and had a wonderful time together.

EUROPEA wishes you a great Christmas Season. May we meet again in 2018!

 

DEP: Let Them Fly

October 29-31, 2017 – Madrid, ES

EUROPEA school Green Academy, Aarhus, DK has just started a new project called DEP (European Drone Platform). The Kick-off Meeting took place in Madrid, ES and was hosted by Spanish Confederation of Education and Training Centers. The goal was to clarify all the open questions, activities and tasks related to the project. In the upcoming two years partners are going to work on this exciting new topic.

Follow their progress on FACEBOOK.

More details on the project below:

PROJECT TARGET GROUPS

  • Teachers, Trainers
  • Students
  • Policy-makers, researchers, media and academics involved in VET
  • Experts in the field of planning VET Courses
  • Experts in the field of training
  • Experts in the field of agriculture

OBJECTIVES:

  • To include innovative technology in VET specifically in agriculture curriculum.
  • To develop a Drone Course at the European level.
  • To increase the skills and knowledge of teachers in the area of drones and their ability transmit and implement it on the learning process of their students.
  • To prepare students with the skills to find a job more easily.
  • To train other trainers to acquire current knowledge and to prepare them to transmit that information to their students.
  • To unify agricultural sector between countries.
  • To convert countryside and agricultural job in an attractive career for youngsters.
  • To learn from the different countries participating in the project and their national legislation, the uses of the drones in their countries and the trends drones are initiating.
  • To establish a network of knowledge and exchange of ideas at European level that helps to learn and acquire the necessary skills to use drones.

With DEP project, we plan to train people who will be able to have competences in dealing with drones and that would materialize in:

  • Competence in building a drone and identifying the required components and assembly for a proper operation.
  • Competence in flying a drone safety.
  • Competence in learning theoretical contents about drone’s working and its components.
  • Competence in training others in the use/application of drones
  • Competence in using the DEP platform in order to look for drone information (legislation, foreign businesses…).
  • Competence in the application of drones in precision agriculture.

AIMS:

  • To exchange legislation, knowledges, courses and materials on the use of drone in VET
  • To make video lessons generated in the training course
  • To promote mainstreaming
  • To train teachers, leaders and other school staff in promoting innovation.
  • To spread around Europe the knowledge on how to use drone in education.

Acknowledgements: many thanks for the info and the pics to Karolina (DK) 🙂

ECFS 2018 is coming to Hungary!

26-29 October 2017, Sopron (HU)

The group of experts responsible for the Preparatory Meeting of the upcoming 17th European Championships in Forestry Skills spent the past two days in and around the beautiful town of Sopron in Western-Hungary.

Rain could not stop the busy programme and the enthusiasm of the organisers and the participants. Even the outdoor activities went as scheduled and the event was a definite success. During the work meeting in the conference rooms of the Kőhalmy Hunting Museum the 24 participants (coming from 14 European countries) agreed on all the rules and regulations of the competition.

Also, a technical demonstration took place out on the practice fields of the Secondary Forestry School Gyula Roth, the host of the big event in May 2018. As part of the programme colleagues had the chance to get to know the lovely surrounding of Sopron, take a walk on the forestry course called Cyclamen Trail, enjoy birdwatching and visit the Fertődrákos quarry as well as the wonderful sights of Fertőd and the Fertőd-Hanság National Park.

The Preparatory Meeting and the competition likewise are supported by institutions such as Tanulmányi Erdőgazdaság Zrt, National Park Fertő-Hanság, ProKultúra Sopron Nonprofit Kft; furthermore, by Mr. János Kántor, a local businessman, and of course by EUROPEA.

Chief organisers, Mr. László Hoczek, the principal of the Secondary Forestry School Gyula Roth, and dr. Takács Viktor, responsible for the competition, are looking forward to welcoming you in spring 2018.

Good luck to all the teams and see you in May!

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Izabella (HU) 🙂