During the Symposium of EUROPEA – International held in Blainvillle sur Mer from 2nd to 7th April, there was an opportunity to present examples of projects that are currently being developed or have recently been completed. Among the exhibited projects, the LOASA project and the ANNIE – Aquaponics project, both led by Wellantcollege the Netherlands, were shared.

Jan Jeronimus, in his presentation of the LOASA project, made a contextualization of the current situation of the labour market in Europe, in which a gap has been detected between the needs of the labour market and the training received by young people in their educational institutions. This means less possibilities of employability and less potential for the entrerprises. On the other hand, it has also been realized the huge difficulties that workers who are seeking employment abroad face in order to get a post that fits with their qualification levels, mainly due to the diversity of educational systems in the EU and the lack of easy ratification of educational achievement between countries.

For his part, Ton Stok, presented the results of the recently completed ANNIE project, in which the partners have learned how to manage and develop Aquaponics systems, a combined production of fish and vegetables, which allows water conservation, less use of fertilizers and space, therefore contributing by this way to the planet’s sustainability by providing quality food for its increasing population.

For further information about this presentation, see the PowerPoints here:


Aquaponics PPT (1)

Students of Tacoronte in Tenerife (ES) at SIA of Paris

Students of the Agrarian Training School of Tacoronte in Tenerife have represented Spain in one of the contest held in the last SIA of Paris.

One of the objectives of the School is the internationalization. For that reason, Adrián Leandro Gómez y Alberto Herrera Pérez students of 2nd year of Agriculture and Livestock Production accompanied by Professor of Livestock Gerardo Rosa have participated in the SIA (the International Agriculture Show of Paris) from 26 of February to 1 of March,

They have competed with the rest of European Delegations in the contest of morphological valuation of milk and beef cattle.

Studets profited their visit to SIA to appreciate all technological developments of the agricultural and livestock sectors as they have shared experiences with students from the other countries in an incomparable scenario.

They also had the opportunity to visit some of the most emblematic points in Paris and learn about French culture.

For the Gastronomic Day they brought mature milk cheeses of goat which they had elaborate during their practical lessons at school guided by the Professor Ms Mercedes Alonso.


Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dR394PX7aqxcqESwrt4BJy04GXCzuaL6/view


By Paco Fernandez, EUROPEA-Espana NA

EUROPEA-Spain Congress in Navarra

46 people coming from several schools in different regions (9) of Spain have attended the EUROPEA-Spain Congress in the beautiful cities of Villava and Olite in Navarra.

During three intense days (7th – 9th February) the participants have had the opportunity to discuss and learn about:

Discussion themes:

  • Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture and Food sectors in Navarra.
  • Implementation and development of Common Agrarian Policy (CAP) in Navarra.
  • Innovation in the “Green” sector as an instrument for sustainability.
  • DUAL System in VET in Navarra.
  • Training for VET teachers in innovative educational methodologies.
  • INTIA’s Projects funded or co-funded by EC
  • AGROGESTOR platform. Digital advising for farmers in Navarra
  • Introduction of AN Group. A holding of 140 cooperatives and more than 23.000 farmers associated.
  • Training for the integration of young people to agrarian sector in Navarra.
  • Agriculture Entrepreneurial Campus (training for farmers) in Catalonia.
  • ERASMUS+ Projects presentations:
    • ALEE (A learning experience in Europe) KA1 Mobility
    • ANNIE (Aquaponics) KA2
    • LOASA (Learning Outcomes in Accordance with the Skills Agenda) KA2
    • SMART RURAL (Incorporation of New Technologies in Rural Areas) KA2

Technical visits:

  • Visit to JAUREGÍA a familiar dairy bio farm located in the central point of The Batzán Valley. Maybe one of the most astonish and wonderful natural landscape all-around of Europe.
  • Visit to the Navarra Wine Designation of Origin.
  • Visit to a paltry meet factory of AN Group.

Cultural visit:

  • Visit to Pamplona city, very well know all around the wold because of its Bulls Race Festivities “Sanfermines” and because it was inspiration for Ernest Hemingway’s novel entitled “Fiesta” 1926.

Wellant Conference on Mobility ‘Broaden Your Horizon’

Expert Perspectives on 21st Century Challenges for Vocational and Educational Mobility

At Jardin d’Hiverre, Bomencentrum Baarn, Netherlands, on 18 January, 2018

About 120 people from 12 different countries took part in this event.

The programme 

Welcome and introduction

  • The International Tree Centre, by Mr Hans Blokzijl
  • Key note speech by André Huigens, Wellantcollege: The view on the conference questions from the educational perspective.
  • Video message by Mr Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Unit Directorate General for Employment, Sosial Affaires and Inclusion of the European Commission: The view on the conference questions from the European perspective.
  • Key note speech by Mr Henrik Bos, one of the managers of the VRJ group, one of the bigger infra structure companies in Finland and awarded as Employer of the Year: The view on the conference questions from the labour perspective.

Workshop: 8 tematic topics using “Open Space” methodology

Thematic Topics And Questions

1.    Mobility And Future Education
Moderator: Pauline van den Bosch – ECVET expert team, the Netherlands

QUESTIONS: What actions can be taken to increase international internship of students and employees? What are the biggest challenges?

2.    Mobility And Personalized Learning
Moderator: Nanny Löning – Wellantcollege, the Netherlands

QUESTION: What is needed to develop passion and motivation to make students and employees more flexible and mobile in the future labour market?

3.    Mobility And Leadership
Moderator: Madelon de Beus – Aeres University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

QUESTION: What are the recommendations for new leadership to make mobility work in VET institutions and companies?

4.    Validation, Recognition And Accumulation Of Mobility

Moderator: Paul Guest – ECVET expert team UK, Glasgow Scotland

QUESTIONS: What is needed to make Validation, Recognition and Accumulation of student/employee mobility workable in Europe? How can we do that?

5.    Mobility And Lifelong Learning

Moderator: Mariella van der Meer – Green Education Centre Wellantcollege, the Netherlands

QUESTIONS: How can we make students and employees enthusiastic and ready to move. How do we create the space to develop personal mastership/passion in VET institutions and companies?

6.    Mobility And The Development Of Social Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Kathrin Fervers – die Bothschafterin, Germany

QUESTION: What is needed for dealing with uncertainty and development of social-entrepreneurship?

7.    Mobility and traveling

Moderator: Jan Jeronimus – International Office Wellantcollege, the Netherlands

QUESTION: How do we reduce the ecological and cultural impact and how do we make mobility more sustainable?

8.    Mobility and internet                            

Moderator: Wim Siemann – Albeda college, The Netherlands

QUESTION:  In what ways can we use the internet in relation to mobility?

Farewell Dinner 

After the conference part, there were a farewell dinner for André Huigens, who will leave Wellantcollege for his retirement after 44 working years.

Meeting between YEBISU & LOASA partners

Taking advantage of the presence in the conference of the majority of YEBISU and LOASA projects partners, an interesting meeting between both was held, in which participants had the opportunity to share ideas and reflections about common interests: students’ skills get in their training periods.



Aquaponics New Novelty in Education ERASMUS+ KA2 project is over.

Almost 80 participants coming from the partner countries: Greece, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom and The Netherlands have held the last meeting in Molina de Segura – Spain from 29th November to 2nd December.

This meeting had as main goal to disseminate and show the products reached with the project.

A very interesting program was developed during two intense days full of motivating activities as:

Good practices Market 

Every partner had a stand with examples of which he/she is proud of to show the other participants.

On every table there were challenge to be done by all. E.g. a question, a calculation or a proposition related to good practises to be answered or discussed.


Three workshops were developed

  1. Arduino by Panos Karnoutsos – Greece
  2. Promotion movie made by Coert van Opstal and and the results of organised masterclasses by students of InHolland
  3. About a company in the Netherlands which works on a commercial base with trout and lettuces by mr. Jos Hakkennes Duurzame Kost – Eindhoven.


Technical visits

  1. Fish processing company
  2. Vegetables production company


Interactive closing session prepared by all participants present at the previous meeting in Oradea, Romania.

The pictures displayed on this post show some moments of this fantastic meeting.