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

“When it rains bread is falling from the skies.”

October 19-22, 2016, Piestany14708348_1329208290444883_9124456787500958769_n

Together in Slovakia

EUROPEA-Slovakia and the perfect venue of Hotel Academy Ludovit Winter in the charming spa-town of Piestany hosted our 2016 autumn seminar. Slovakia being one of the countries in Europe with loads of fresh water reserves and hot water spas has wisely chosen the topic of the event: Water and Climate Change. Even the weather focused on the subject and provided us with abundant rainfall throughout the three days we spent together.

“When it rains bread is falling from the skies.”

One of the lecturers pointed out the importance of water in that way so already the presentation part of the programme gave us a lot to think about. We had the chance to listen to great research reports and elaborate presentations of Slovakian professionals and learn more about the potentials and the problems concerning the issue of water in agricultural production in the Trnava Region.

Exhibition of good practices

Green VET Schools from all over Slovakia came to Piestany to present their institutions and showcase the good practices and novelties applied in their training. It was amazing to see the enthusiasm with which youngsters presented their schools and their daily practices and spoke very-very good English! It really seems that the future of agriculture is in safe hands in Slovakia!

Company visits

Our hosts took us to an innovative apple producing enterprise PLANTEX, in Vesele and to the advanced wine company ELESKO in Modra. A group of participants visited the famous Thermal Spa in Piestany while National Coordinators held their regular meeting in the nearby Green VET School in Rakovice. Many thanks for the very many nice impressions, astonishing facts and great experiences.

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Representatives of National EUROPEA organisations got together for a very short but efficient and pleasing reunion. Some of the discussed topics were: statutes, presidencies following Brexit (read the statement of EUROPEA-UK), national websites, Agrolympics in Germany, and chances of cooperation with other Green VET networks.

The most important issue of the upcoming months, however, will definitely be the preparations for the election of a new Executive Committee, which will take place in April 2017. Thus, changing of the guards is just around the corner but one thing is for sure: EUROPEA will go on and will be going strong in the future as well.

Competition in Floristry

Parallel to the EUROPEA Seminar Green VET School Rakovice organised the very first EUROPEA Student Competition in Floristry, which gathered the EUROPEA students keen to show their skills and competences in this exciting field of Green training (read our article on that HERE).

Farewell

Next stop on the EUROPEA circuit is scheduled for April 2017. The spring seminar will be held in Malta; one of our youngest member countries. Once again acknowledgements to our Slovakian hosts, many thanks for the amazing professional and also cultural programme and see you very soon 🙂 !

See the full Programme Piestany.

For great photos taken during the event visit our Facebook page or click here.

Acknowledgements: thanks Jasna for the photo 🙂

“The Kettle is Always on the Stove”

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Statement of EUROPEA UK

National Coordinators’ Meeting, Slovakia, 20th October 2016

‘It is lovely to see old traditions being kept alive, Regional anthems, distinguished Speakers taking their bow. New traditions also, temperamental technology being outshone by inspirational educators with fantastic English language skills.

Slovakia is moving forward, not forgetting its past, burning fossil fuels to protect its healthy apples and use of migrant workers!

EUROPEA is moving forward too, our trusted and experienced Board will change again next Spring and I’m sure it will be seamless. And everything will be securely legislated by Belgium!

The UK is moving forward too. Powered by Democracy. The will of the majority now has to be steered by its elected Representatives. Led by its unelected Prime Minister! How very British. But you can be assured, when we make decisions, we will stand by them.

The UK has the most diverse population in Europe. I am proud of my Viking roots, my strike partner in my footballing days was a gay, coloured lad from Nigeria, brought up by a loving Norfolk couple in a small rural village. My rugby team of choice is Benetton Treviso. Most of my family lives in Australia. My friends are from all over the World, including Europe.

Do not believe all you read, newspapers quoting Politicians especially.Whether they are elected or not.

Remember the proverb ‘People in Glasshouses should not throw stones’

EUROPEA UK will continue to welcome visitors, students and staff, as our country has done with Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Ugandan Asians and Polish workers. And many, many more.

‘A stranger is a friend who you have yet to meet’.

I have heard today the phrase, ‘you cannot have your cake and eat it’. It is true. But it is also true that to make the cake, you need many ingredients, not all of which you can grow yourself.

On behalf of EUROPEA UK, I say to you all.’ Don’t remain a Stranger’. Our door is not locked by Statutes and the kettle is always on the stove.

But I guess the EUROPEA car will not be driven on the left hand side of the road.’

By Charlie Askew, National Coordinator for The UK

EUROPEA in Slovakia!

EUROPEA Seminar and Floristry Competition

Piešťany, 19th – 22nd October 2016

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This autumn EUROPEA delegates from all over the continent gathered in the picturesque little town of Piešťany, Slovakia for yet another inspiring seminar.

Parallel to the main event our Slovakian hosts organised an excellent competition for students at the Green VET School Rakovice just a few kilometres away from the conference venue.

And the rostrum looks like this:

  • 1st place: Terézia Heltková a Juraj Bocian, Rakovice, Slovakia
  • 2nd place: Magali Egger a Deana Ebener, CPLN Cernier, CFPneLullier, Switzerland
  • 3rd place: Kristína Jarábková a Timotej Gajdoš, Rakovice, Slovakia

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Congrats to the winners and to all participating teams!

For some great photos with the beautiful creations of our students click here.

We are going to come back with all the details and more great news from the October EUROPEA events very soon. So don’t forget to check this website in the upcoming days.

Also, follow and like us on Facebook 🙂

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Veronika, Katrin and Pedro 🙂

Pastors Now And Then

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The history of animal breeding has always been closely related to herding and to a very particular lifestyle. It requires not only a crook and a pocket knife but it also needs loads of knowledge to assure a perfect harmony with nature.

The European region is especially interesting within this context as its people have used their vast meadows and fertile lands for thousands of years. The traditions of this once very common way of living are less and less known today and seem to be disappearing slowly with the challenges of our modern era.

However, Hungary is one of the countries where this knowledge still exists. A small group of young enthusiasts (two environmentalists, an ethnographer, a herdsman and a craftsman) have published a research paper and have made a short film about traditional knowledge transfer among herdsmen. For the past two years they have travelled around Hungary to gather information and discover more about the tricks and secrets of this ancient profession.  They have recorded a number of interviews, took hundreds of photos, joined the herding activity and learned a lot from herdsmen.

What they have found is, actually, not surprising. The world of herding families has changed significantly and they are struggling heavily these days. It is due to lots of different factors: decreasing popularity of this profession, lack of proper training and also, the intriguing and time consuming novelties like the Internet, the numerous tenders and projects that are needed to keep up with the galloping world.

Young researchers have their own vision and suggestions to save this precious culture and its devoted people. First and foremost, they would like to see the true recognition of this traditional profession both in moral and financial sense. They also claim that herding families should be supported in many different ways and their children should be treated differently within the system of compulsory schooling. Moreover, the guidance and instruction of young generations are certainly of a vital importance as well as quality dissemination and proper marketing for pastoral cultural.

The collected data were published in a Case Study and presented within the framework of Project SAGITER, a Leonardo da Vinci Development of Innovation programme led by the French educational institution SupAgro from Florac. The film is available on the World Wide Web (with English subtitles).

For more information and photos visit these two pages on Facebook: Wood pastures in Hungary and Pastors Now and Then.

Acknowledgements: many thanks to Ms Anna Varga and her co-authors 🙂