On June 19th and 20th, CESIE hosted the 2nd partner meeting of the project “FIERE – Furthering Innovative Entrepreneurial Regions of Europe” in its offices in Palermo. The FIERE project, co-financed with support of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Grundtvig Programme, aims at fostering the development of European regions by enhancing a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. In the long term, this will entail an increased awareness about the meaning of innovative entrepreneurship as well as the development of new relevant policies at regional level.
A dense and pleasant training course, such as “Sport Plus: looking up new goals”, came to an end on 15th June. SPLUS is funded with the support of the European Commission, within the framework of Youth in Action programme, Action 4.3. From the 7th of June for a week, 40 youth workers and youth trainersfrom Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and United Kingdom, discussed how to use sport as educational tool in order to promote inclusion especially for people with fewer opportunities.
LION (Learning, lIving, wOrking for Neet-group) is a project co-funded by LLP – Grundtvig multilateral projects. It aims at developing an integrated approach designed to support NEETs: disadvantaged youths who are not in employment, education or training.
Partners have gathered in Chambery (France) for the third project meeting, so as to discuss about the results achieved and the objective which are still to be met. In fact, the consortium is developing materials created to aid experts who work with this target group, all these tools will be available on the project’s website: www.lionlearning.eu.
The European Anti-bullying Network (www.antibullying.eu), funded under the Daphne III Programme of the European Commission, is calling on European citizens and organizations to join efforts in fighting against bullying and support its actions towards creating a better reality for millions of children and young people across Europe. To make the most out of our work under the EAN project in fighting bullying and any kind of discrimination, there is now available the set of results developed in the last years.
The final meeting of the project TAPT – Transfer of Administrative and Pedagogical Tools useful to manage mobility projects – (Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci: Transfer of Innovation) took place on 26th and 27th of May 2014, where professionals and colleagues from all four partners were present. After 1 and half year of tough work they have come together to discuss among themselves but also to present the final products of their work to a wider audience.
The Training Course Mediterranean for Gender Equality and Rights – MER, just came to its end. During 8 days, from 15th till 22nd June, 40 participants from 18 different countries carried out this project in the outstanding Convento di Baida, 7 km away from Palermo city center. This TC has been funded by the European Union within the framework of Youth in Action programme, Sub-Action 3.1 – Cooperation with the Neighboring Countries of the European Union. The training course involved 40 participants coming from a variety of Euro-Mediterranean countries (Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, France, Palestine, Germany, Israel, Algeria, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Portugal, Romania, Spain, UK). They extensively discussed about sexuality, gender equality, women rights, LGBTQ community and much more, expressing and sharing their views, expectations, their different realities. Most of them were youth and social workers. Their high commitment with the TC let them space to learn and teach, improve and grow, while also sharing their dances & gastronomy, traditions and culture through some intercultural dinners that were open to the local community.
CESIE attended with pleasure the second training seminar for academic staff, in the framework of the Tempus project “PICASA – Promoting Internationalization of HEIs in Eastern Neighborhood Countries through Cultural and Structural Adaptations” – organized by KHLeuven University from the 17th to 20th June in Leuven, Belgium. The aim of this project is to promote the recognition of Eastern Neighboring Area HE systems – namely in Armenian, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine – through fostering the international dimension of the HEIs on the institutional level and within their study programs.
From the 5th to the 13th of July 2014, in Palermo the training course “KNOW, a call to develop youth skills” will be implemented, funded with the support of the European Commission, under the Youth in Action Programme, Action 4.3. It will involve 40 participants from Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany,Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and UK. The project addresses the critical issue of youth unemployment and in Europe. The European context for youth unemployment is as critical as the unemployment rate in EU27 (for youth under 25) was 22.7% in December 20121. When considering the NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training), 12.9% of youth is concerned, which means 7,5 million persons all over Europe.
IN2SAI is an Erasmus multilateral project (Lifelong Learning Programme) with duration of 24 months – from October 2013 to September 2015. The project involves 4 Universities from Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Germany and 3 NGOs from Italy, Portugal and Austria who will work alongside on the increase of participation and interest of female students into the Aeronautic Industry(AI), covering different areas of intervention, starting from general community, educational system to labour market and the companies working in aeronautic sphere. During May-June 2014, around 100 questionnaires were gathered by CESIE from secondary school and University students, University staff and Human resource managers in the AI field to learn about the current situation in the aeronautical industry, its lacks and advantages. This will give us the opportunity to explore the options on how to improve the situation and attract more female.
In an effort to promote a European strategy against bullying “The Smile of the Child” organization in cooperation with 17 organizations across 13 EU Member States announced today the official establishment of a European Anti-bullying Network in a celebratory event held under the auspices of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European Anti-bullying Network (EAN) will be based in Brussels and is comprised of 17 organizations from 13 European countries. Aim of the EAN is to expand to more countries in Europe and to be represented in at least one EU Member State. More importantly, the ambition of the Network is to develop into an inclusive organization for all the important governmental, non-governmental and relevant stakeholders working against bullying.
Europe needs to develop a common strategy against bullying: key message of the 1st Conference of the European Anti-bullying Network. More than half (55%) of children in Europe who have been bullied said they became depressed as a result according to new poll.More than 500 people across Europe took part in the 1st Conference of the European Anti-bullying Network hosted by the Greek NGO “The Smile of the Child” during a high-level event that was held under the auspices of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union.