CAP: Have your say!

Just great! The EU commission has started a consultation process on modernising and simplifying the common agricultural policy (CAP)!

Everybody is welcome to fill in this QUESTIONNAIRE and express their opinion. It is available in all EU languages and is open to all EU citizens.

So why don’t you have your say today?!

Open till 2 May 2017.

Read more on the topic HERE.

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Elisabeth 🙂

Photos: Zoltán Covic

MINDS into MATTERS

13-16th January 2017, Poland

MINDS into MATTER – the “Book of Business” sustainable training tool in the tourist industry (2016-2018) is an ERASMUS+ KA2 project that has the aim to gather the existing creative knowledge from entrepreneurs working in the field of tourism. Then, by creating the “Book of Business” out of the collected information and data, the project would provide VET teachers and coaches with valuable curricula and useful training tools.

The project emphasises the need for a close collaboration between schools and companies to give students the opportunity to obtain the most up-to-date practical knowledge, which would grant them better chances on the ever-changing labour market.

Partners are coming from six different countries of Europe: Iceland (the project leader), The Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Spain. The Kick-off Meeting was held in Iceland in October 2016, and recently the project visited Poland where partners were hosted by EUROPEA-Polska, and the Green VET School of Gołotczyźnie, the Polish partner.

After spending long hours in the conference room, the group visited the company called Gospodarstwo Produkcyjno-Handlowo-Usługowe “Kowalski in Winniki, a village in Eastern Poland, and got a very special insight into the country’s agritourism.

EUROPEA is looking forward to hearing from the project again wishing you, dear partners, lots of success and a wonderful two-year journey together!

For more information click to these websites TENERIFE and EESTI or visit their Facebook page.

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Wiesia and EUROPEA-Polska 🙂

Photo: Kowalski Facebook Page

Happy New EUROPEA Year!

Together in 2017

After the “Big Tuesday” and the long awaited legal adoption of the new Statues, EUROPEA enters the New Year stronger than ever and well prepared for future challenges.

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In 2017 our association will organise the regular bi-annual meetings once again. The EUROPEA family will travel to Malta (one of our newest member states) in spring and to Estonia in autumn.

Spring promises to be an exciting period as “changing of the guards” has to be carried out in April. Three years has just rushed by since the last elections and it is time to vote for new leaders and appoint a new Executive Committee.

Autumn will bring us not only the EUROPEA Seminar in the beautiful Baltics but hopefully some student events as well. The annual Ploughing Competition regularly held also in Estonia is scheduled for the end of September. What is more, EUROPEA-Germany is working on the organization of 2nd AGROLYMPICS. It shall take place from 28th Sept – 1st Oct in Saxony.

Traditional events like the EUROPEA Wine Championships and the European Forestry Championships are also on the agenda of 2017. Details are coming soon.

All you have to do is to stay with us during the upcoming year and we will keep you updated on what is happening in Green VET of Europe.

EUROPEA wishes you a very happy and prosperous New Year 🙂 !

At last! – New EUROPEA statutes legally adopted

Tuesday 20 December 2016 EUROPEA staged an extraordinary General Assembly in the office of notaries Pablo and Pierre de Doncker in Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains 51 in downtown Brussels, Belgium. The meeting was attended by the EUROPEA Secretary General, Henrik Dethlefsen, who – equipped with legal powers from all of the 24 national member associations – acted on behalf on the entire membership.

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During the 30 minute event a new set of statutes for EUROPEA was formally adopted. Subsequently, the old board of directors was dismissed and a new board consisting of the National Coordinators from each member country was appointed. Finally, the notary was given legal power to conclude the process of approval with the Belgian authorities.

The event marks the end of a more than two year long process initiated by EUROPEA Latvia during our meeting in Baden, Austria in spring of 2014.

In the same year, the Executive Committee organized an on-line collection of opinions, suggestions and specific proposals among the membership. In February 2015 a first draft (out of many) was produced by the Committee during a memorable meeting in the very dark and far-away countryside of wintertime Denmark. Following two major debates in EUROPEA General Assemblies in Luxembourg 2015 and in the Netherlands 2016, which approved the work done by the committee, time was now ripe for seeking legal approval by the authorities in Belgium, where EUROPEA continues to be legally registered.

“When writing the new statutes, we have tried to strike a balance between respect for the founders of EUROPEA and the needs of a modern network association”, Dethlefsen explains. “Equal rights for all member associations, more opportunities for active involvement of members as well as individuals – and statutes written in a clear and concise language, have been some of the guiding principles in our work”, he says.

“I am quite sure,” the Secretary General concludes, “that by having adopted the new statutes we have prepared our association well for the future – and paved the way for the work of the new Executive Committee, which we are going to elect, when we all meet in Malta in April 2017.”

Why don’t you just Flip-IT?

Start Learning At Home – Carry On In School

Flip-IT!Flipped Classroom in the European Vocational Education (2015-2018) is an ERASMUS+ K2 project that has the objective to enhance the utilisation of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in the daily practice of VET schools across Europe. The project involves ten partners coming from five EU countries: Hungary, Ireland, Spain, United Kingdom and The Czech Republic.

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Flipped Classroom Method simply turns the traditional teaching upside down. The learning process starts at home and then it goes on at schools with the elaboration of the newly gained knowledge during the classes. This way the interaction between students and teachers is increased and the roles alter slightly. The teacher is no longer the source of knowledge but he becomes a mentor, a coach, a “guide on the side” who is there to help his learners to obtain, confirm and use their knowledge. Students have more responsibility for their own improvement and they become more independent and self-reliant at the same time.

The long term aim is to improve the quality of VET and prepare students for the rapidly changing needs of the labour market giving them a better chance with their future job and career.

 

Learn more about project and the FC method by visiting the following links:

Website and Facebook Profile

Leaflet (EN) and Leaflet (ES)

Introductory video (EN)

 

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Nóra (HU) 🙂 Photo: Flip-IT! FB page