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.


LOASA meeting in Jordbrugets UddannelsesCenter Aarhus – DK

The members of LOASA, Learning Outcomes in Accordance with the Skills Agenda (ERASMUS+ KA2 project), has held the third partner meeting from 5 to 9 of November.

The Educational Centre For Agriculture in Aarhus has been de venue of this meeting for 17 participants representing 5 EUROPEA educational institutions and 5 companies.

Educational Institutions:

  • Green Academy Aarhus – DK
  • Integrated Centre for Agricultural Education and Training (CIFEA) – ES
  • Sastamala Municipal Education and Training Consortium (SASKY) – FI
  • YA Vocational College of Ostrobothnia – FI
  • Wellantcollege – NL


  • AB Kirketoft landscaping and gardening company – DK
  • National Technological Center for Food and Preservation (CTC) – ES
  • ProAgria, association of agriculture and horticulture – FI
  • Kauppi Dairy Farm – FI
  • Van Senten Groenprojecten gardening company – NL

The hostesses Ms Karolina Sikala (International Coordinator) and Ms Mette Christensen (professor) have made a fantastic job preparing everything in order that the attendants feel at home right away so all could concentrate on discussing all the important topics programmed for this meeting.

Guided and tutored by Mr Adré Huigens, ECVET expert from Netherlands, the participants have work intensively during three whole days on the topics listed below in order to achieve the main goals pursued with this project.

  • Recognition, Validation and Certification of learning outcomes 
  • Learning AT de company vs Learning IN the company
  • Working with EQF levels
  • ECVET principles
  • Units of Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment Methodology
  • Assessors Training
  • Recommendations for adjustments and optimization based on the results of the first pilot tests.

In order to experiment the framework and the units of learning outcomes in real life, the partners started pilots with students before the meeting. More pilots (some of them already in process) are scheduled  for the coming months in the partners’ countries.

The participants also discussed about the expected impacts and disseminations activities that should be organised and carried out by every partner.


ANNIE 3rd Meeting in Oradea – Romania

From 27th to 30th of last September, representatives of EUROPEA schools from five different countries: ES(3), HE(1 company), NL(2), RO(3), PT(1), SL(1) and UK(1) have held the 3rd meeting with two main goals: firstly sharing the activities that each partner have done in order to disseminate Aquaponics system as an innovative method to produce plants and fish in a combined way saving space, water and agricultural inputs, so assuring food production and environmental sustainability. On the other hand, prepare the Final Meeting which will be held in Molina de Segura – Spain from 29th of November to 2nd of December 2017.

Listed below we can see some of the most remarkable disseminations activities carried out by each partner, which were presented in Oradea:

  • Presentations in congresses, fairs and big exhibitions like in Rotterdam, Yorkshire, Oporto and also in countries out of Europe like Paraguay, Guinea Bissau, Brazil, etc.
  • Participation in fairs and exhibition with foreigners coming even from India and China,
  • Some ANNIE partners have built aquaponics systems for learning purposes addressed not only to students but also to farmers.
  • Publishing in agricultural scientific magazines.
  • Introduction of aquaponics production systems in the learning curricula of some schools.
  • In some partner schools, students are carrying out projects or even masters in aquaponics production.
  • Dissemination in mass media, social media and web.

Next step in ANNIE is prepare the Final Meeting in which partners will show the product got and the attained goals with this project. Around 70 participants coming from abroad are expected, what together with the Spanish participants will make that almost one hundred people can be gathered in Molina de Segura from 29th Nov to 2nd Dec to hold the big Aquaponics Show.