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) 😊 😊

2018 – Let’s celebrate 25 years of EUROPEA!

25 years – a success story

What started in 1993 with 8 countries – Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal and The United Kingdom – has developed into a real European network with already 25 member countries 25 years later. After the revision of statutes in 2015 EUROPEA (1) can now rely on well-established bodies to serve its members.

Organigram of EUROPEA

The network of green vocational training institutions pursues the following aims according to art. 3 of EUROPEA statutes:

  • stimulate training and exchange of agricultural and land-based students, teachers and staff members
  • promote partnership between the professional world and agricultural and land-based education and advisory centres
  • provide a platform for exchange of project products and of knowledge
  • encourage student competitions
  • facilitate intercultural exchanges
  • promote continuous education
  • support the development of thematic cooperation between members
  • study and disseminate results and knowledge regarding changes in the agricultural and land-based world
  • be involved in global cooperation in the agricultural and land-based training sector

What started with a paper newsletter in pre-digital times is now presented in numerous media providing up-to-date information to all members and the public as such.

Networks are only a foundation like infrastructure. On this basis – more can develop. If something develops, depends particularly on its members. EUROPEA members use Erasmus+ actions to exchange students and trainers, develop learning approaches and learning units, and create didactical and methodical tools and products to facilitate a modern learning process with a European dimension incorporated. EUROPEA competitions enable our students to meet fellow students from abroad and show their professional competences.

25 years of EUROPEA – time to honour the accomplishments of the past, reflect and raise awareness for future challenges, remember milestones and meet some of the founding members.

EUROPEA – Alone you go faster – together we go further!

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(1) Registration number: 450.983.484; Royal Decree WL 22/13.467, Brussels, 16 February 2017

ANNIE FINAL MEETING

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.

Workshops

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

ANNIElympics

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.

 

Investing in the future of Serbia

Association of Serbian high schools working in the areas of agriculture, food production and processing includes 47 secondary schools, 550 classes in 16 educational profiles and more than 1,200 teachers.

Investing in the education of young people in the area of agriculture and animal husbandry is an investment in the future of the country whose main activity of the rural population is agricultural production and livestock farming. It requires theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, technical competence for handling machinery and equipment, knowledge of environmental laws of agricultural production as well as food safety and quality control.

Education in Serbia enables monitoring and adoption of modern technologies and entrepreneurship development through curriculum represented in educational profiles in the agricultural schools. In this way, young people acquire vocational agricultural knowledge. The Republican Contests for the students in the field of agriculture, food production and processing is organized every school year for the whole territory of the Republic of Serbia where our students compete separately in three categories: Farming, Veterinary medicine and Food production and processing.

Competition in decorating Slava cake

Competition in decorating Slava cake

Jasmina Tončić
NC, EUROPEA Serbia