Safer Internet Day is celebrated today in many countries. Safer Internet Day (SID) is organized by “Insafe” and occurs every February. Its aim is to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day is “Let’s create a better internet together” in recognition that young people, parents, teachers, policymakers and stakeholders all have an important role to play.
45 teachers signed up to participate in the testing of the e-learning course titled “VETel”,35 people started the course and 15 teachers are still active. The course was developed within the Leonardo TOI project (e)VET2EDU– Supporting Vocational Teachers and Trainers in e-Learning, and is addressed to teachers and trainers working in the field of vocational training and education. The teachers participating in the course are acquiring new didactic, pedagogical and technological skills, learning how to design an e-learning course for their students.
Another phase of the ProLang project has been finalised by the partner organisations, and the promotional models report is freely available on www.prolang.net. This product is the outcome of a research on the most effective channels through which language schools and other institutions can promote their courses to potential students. Language centres are welcome to use it as a tool to increase the visibility of their courses, in line with one of the aims of ProLang.
“From School to Community”, a EuropeAid project co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, works with students and teachers from middle schools in the Ankara area (Turkey) to enable and encourage them to make a difference in their communities, thanks to democratic citizenship and human rights education.
The first semester of the project lifecycle is just about to come to an end. What has happened since the kick-off meeting?
The activities of the project Feel it! Feel the difference, co-funded by the European programme European Integration Fund, have almost come to an end. Between November and December 2013, four high schools of the city – Liceo Classico Statale Vittorio Emanuele II, Istituto Magistrale Regina Margherita, Istituto Tecnico Trasporti e Logistica Gioeni Trabia and Liceo Scientifico Statale Benedetto Croce – took part in the project.
On the 6th of February CESIE celebrates the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is recognised at international level as a violation of human rights. Unfortunately, according to the World Health Organization, more than 125 millions women are victims of FGM and 3 million girls are still at risk every year. This practice is still quite widespread especially in several countries of Africa, but also in Asia, Middle East and Europe (around 500.000 of girls and women in the EU are at risk of FGM). Even if the prevalence of FGM is reducing in some countries, it’s still a long process and varies according to the different communities. However, FGM is forbidden and punishable by legal proceedings in 42 countries, including the majority of EU countries.
The RePlaY project (Re-Plan-Years 2014-2020), co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme (action 1.2.2) has come to an end in January 2014. The project was a chance for organisations from 11 European Countries to come together and think on some capital issues for modern society such as active ageing and intergenerational dialogue. How to concretely promote a better inclusion of elderly people in the social life of our communities? How to strengthen intergenerational dialogue? RePlaY tried to give some ideas and suggestions, based on the experience of the partners involved, collecting some good practices relevant to these issues that can be found in the RePlaY booklet, titled: “Active Ageing European Booklet”.
On 21-24 January 2014 the kick-off meeting took place in Yerevan (Armenia) for the project PICASA – Promoting Internationalization of HEIs in Eastern Neighborhood Countries through Cultural and Structural Adaptations project will be implemented in joint partnership of 25 partners which includes 18 Universities, 4 Ministries of Education and 3 partners from Belgium, Italy, UK, Austria, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belorussia.
17 major organizations in the field of bullying from 12 EU Member States gathered between January 21-23 in Stuttgart, Germany to attend the last meeting of the project “European Anti-bullying Network” before the establishment of the first European Network against bullying that will be announced in a celebratory event in June 2014 under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the European Union. Upon the inauguration of the Network more EU Member States will be represented by the active participation from actors that form part of the everyday struggle against the phenomenon. The aim of the European Anti-bullying Network will be to contribute to the coordination of anti-bullying actions and developing a common strategy against the problem at European level.
The wider objective is to enable application of the state-of-the-art management system at Armenian HEIs for promoting effective and efficient structural changes in line with Bologna agenda thus enhancing HEIs autonomy and accountability.
The MAHATMA „Master in Higher Education Management Developing Leaders For Managing Educational Transformation“ www.mahatma.am consortium partners were invited to the project coordination meeting which was organized and held atASPU, Armenia on 09th– 10th of December 2013.
The aim of the coordination meeting was to sum up the activities performed during the first year. First, the European partners (BSU and CESIE) presented the training results of the accomplished activities and highlighted the major points to be outlined in the annual report. Next, Armenian and Georgian higher education institutions briefly presented the current state of affairs at each institution and the activities conducted for the delivery of the MA programmes.
The project Capacity Building Relay Race – Ca.Bu.Re.Ra aims at promoting the collaboration among Mediterranean territories by offering mobility and professional development opportunities to young people.
The participants of the project will work with experienced organisations active at Euro-Mediterranean level in an international work environment thus developing technical skills on project management, mediation skills and intercultural competences.
The Kick Off Meeting of “Digging Deep” took place in Beijing (China) from the 4th to the 9th of January 4th 2014: the project – co-founded by the European Commission under the Youth in Action Programme, action 3.2, is coordinated by CESIE – European Centre for Studies and Initiatives, and involves partner organizations from 3 continents: KID PiNA (Slovenia), CANGO (China) and IYEC (Ghana).
“Digging Deep” aims at exploring, within youth work, the issue of urban gardens as means of social inclusion for young people to develop their skills in specific sectors, boosting their active participation, making them better aware of some fundamental themes as health and environmental sustainability.
The programme “Erasmus for young entrepreneurs” is promoted by the European Commission – Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, and it is an exchange programme for entrepreneurs, fostering youth entrepreneurial spirit and international mobility.
Between December 2013 and January 2014, CESIE carried out 32 interviews with local employers and volunteers active in the field of childcare and play. Interviews were aimed at finding out what are volunteer training needs in Italian organizations dedicated to children aged 4-16 years old and whether a training course for volunteers playing and working with children is needed or not.