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Month: May 2023

Keeping up with ECO-CENT – Fresh Newsletter in Your Inbox

Businesses and professional trainers and educators play a crucial role for the transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon, resource-efficient, and circular European economy.

This is exactly why during the last few months we have been investing all our efforts into reaching some of the main outputs within the ECO-CENT project, which helps bridge the gaps between VET providers and enterprises and facilitates both parties’ contribution to the green transition of Europe. Check out the latest updates in the newsletter below!

The progress of VideoTeach project – Second Newsletter

The VideoTeach project is on a roll and we have a few new exciting updates to share with you. 

Following the partner meeting in Sofia, the VideoTeach project has finalised the Competence Profile (CP) for Video Teachers for the Green Industry and the European Curriculum for Video Teachers for the Green Industry, which without a doubt come in handy in supporting the introduction of video education in rural areas. 

Want to learn more about these tools? Download the newsletter below for more information, as well as other exciting updates and next steps of this important project. 

LEADER AI – LEAarning analytics and AI for personaliseD lEaRning

LEADER AI aims to address the need for effective Higher Education (HE) digital learning that responds to students’ needs, strengths, and skills, through the proper exploitation of advanced technologies. The main results include a Toolkit with practical guidelines, scenario-based training and an interactive eLearning platform with digital resources on how Higher Education Institutions can use AI-based and data-driven tools and approaches for personalised instruction.

MYComm – Migrant and Refugee Youth COMMunication and advocacy for equity and inclusion

MYComm aims to contribute to a more inclusive society in Europe by strengthening the capacity and the role of youth organisations that target migrant and refugees, through communications and audio-visual skills training, social networking and mutual learning that connects such organisations at European level and promotes collective advocacy.

Specifically, it will strengthen the institutionalism and visibility of youth organisations targeting migrant and refugees when it comes to their role in enhancing intercultural dialogue for tolerance, mutual understanding and integration; it will provide youth organisations targeting migrant and refugees with training opportunities for communications and audio-visual competencies and for public policy advocacy; sensitize civil society on youth migrant and refugee struggles and successes, through audio-visual production, narrative techniques and awareness raising for migrant social inclusion; and reinforce a sustainable EU network of youth organisations committed to migrants and refugees which can serve as a motor for public advocacy at local, nation and EU level.

RoboAquaria – Robots in aquatic environments to promote STEM and environmental awareness

With the ocean pollution rapidly increasing and affecting marine life, a strong need emerges: to raise awareness about environmental and climate change challenges and develop sustainability and green skills from a very young age. This is the main aim of the RoboAquaria project, which focuses on the protection of marine environments by integrating Educational Robotics into the classroom and building teachers’ competences to use them. The project will develop a Methodological Framework for the Pilots, Guidelines for the Teachers, and validation, a RoboAquaria Toolkits and Lesson Topics and an E-Learning Toolkit and (OERs) Lesson Plans.

Empowering Teachers: Preparing for diverse classrooms

DD@S strives to move beyond mere acknowledgement of diversity and focuses on how the classrooms can operate harmoniously and challenge the notion of ‘otherness’ from within the educational structure. It ultimately offers practical tools and educational material to ensure that children have equal opportunities not only for education, but to foster friendships, a sense of belonging in their communities, as well as reshape our future society.

This month’s training focused on bringing teachers from Belgium, Greece, Italy and Cyprus to an open transnational dialogue on how to best combat prejudice and inequality in their classrooms. With the support of the partners, EhB – Erasmushogeschool Brussel, Centro per lo sviluppo creativo Danilo Dolci, CARDET, IISS Einaudi Pareto Palermo, University of Nicosia, the Interorthodox Centre of the Greek Church and Symplexis, the 2-day training was held on the 9th and 10th of May, in Athens. It hosted over 50 teachers who shared their real-life experiences, perspectives, approaches and examples of good practices in a process that enabled them to not only learn from the presenters, but from each other too.

The keynote speeches covered the importance of teaching and discussing controversial issues at school, as well as delved into ways of enhancing a democratic dialogue in the classroom. Separate modules were presented to address sensitive and controversial issues such as politics, religion, gender and vulnerable groups. On this occasion, the secondary school teachers also participated in the training workshops to get hands-on experience with each separate module. Their professional feedback on the proposed practices and tools proved invaluable in further enhancing the project’s toolkit and creating a new teachers’ training course.

DD@S is part of the ongoing and diverse work CARDET is doing to empower teachers and make a tangible contribution to the educational system to the benefit of students. The 2-day training consolidated the efforts to provide an efficient inclusive education framework, which without a doubt, will have a positive long-term effect on challenging discrimination in school communities. For more information about the project, to access its resources and stay in the loop for upcoming events and actions, please visit DD@S website.

Training and Equipping Young Accessibility Ambassadors for the European Projects

The main motive behind Way2Go has been to encourage youth to participate in different projects Europe-wide by equipping them with online and networking tools that will help them feel prepared for participation and confidence in their talents and knowledge.

Way2Go also aims at equipping youth workers and other stakeholders with necessary skills through training camps to prepare them for self-assessment before engaging youth with disabilities and/or disadvantaged backgrounds in their activities.

The main deliverables of WAY 2 GO project are:

  • online platform and app,
  • skilled and trained Youth Accessibility Ambassadors, and

 functional network of project seekers of mixed abilities and open, accessible, and inclusive organisations to partner up and secure fully accessible Erasmus and ESC projects

Building Resilience and Mindfulness in Youth

BENEFIT is a project focusing on empowering youth workers and young individuals to build resilience and strengthen their mental health, improve their well-being and support their inclusion in the labour market and society.

BENEFIT puts forward a comprehensive plan to empower youth workers and youth on mental wellbeing and further youth employability. Following a participatory approach it will develop and make available catered tools for youth to identify and overcome mental strains that derive from challenges in the labour market as well as resources to educate and empower youth workers to offer mental-health informed support. All its work will be available via an interactive eLearning environment.

The main results of the BENEFIT project will be:

-A Toolkit on Mental Wellbeing for Youth

-A Training Package for Youth Workers on Mental Health Informed Youth work

-An Interactive eLearning Environment

-At least 100 Youth will participate in trainings and workshops of the project

-At least 250 Youth workers will participate in trainings and info events of the project

-5 Information and Dissemination events

-More than 10,000 youth workers and youth will be engaged via its work and actions

Empower Refugee Women through XR supported Language learning

In many EU countries, linguistic education is limited and generally designed to let refugees reach only a basic level of language knowledge. As a consequence, more appropriate materials and methods are needed. Textbooks and lessons should be built on refugees’ needs and daily life in order to provide immediate and useful help to their daily needs.

For example, language lessons should provide basic lexical knowledge, covering issues such as the asylum procedure, documents, medical needs, job seeking, etc. (Bianco & Cobo, 2019). The importance of education relies on recognizing their qualifications and their overcoming of language barriers, increases the potential of refugees to contribute to the socio-economic progress of the receiving country and thus avoid marginalization (Marcu, 2018).

The project aims at involving a second target group which is represented by women with fewer opportunities. Women with fewer opportunities may be women with low skills as well as women that face discrimination and fewer opportunities in a professional and educational world based on their age, sexual orientation, abilities, skills, educational background, professional background, family background etc.

Volumetric 3D Teachers in Educational Reality

Vol3DEdu aims to enhance the purposeful use of eXtended Reality (XR) digital technologies in education for teaching, learning, assessment and engagement.

This includes the development of Volumetric 3D educational teaching content, advance digital pedagogy and expertise in the use of digital tools for teachers, including accessible and assistive technologies and the creation and innovative use of 3D digital education content in current practices.

Equally, it includes developing the XR digital skills and competences for teachers in EU and beyond. Particular attention will be given to the free accessibility of toolkits and use from teachers by underrepresented regions. The created digital content will contribute to the objectives of the “Opening up Education” initiative, designed to boost innovation and digital skills in schools and universities to facilitate Open Learning Environments (opportunities to innovate for teachers and learners) and Open Educational Resources (OER: opportunities to use open knowledge for better quality and access).

Furthermore, the project will support multilingualism within the educational content production, which is a forefront aspiration for diversity and inclusion. The tools available will enhance internationalisation of XR Education for teachers’ training as they cater for the growing use of digital learning, flexible learning pathways, 3D environment creativity in line with educational practices needs and objectives.

The Volumetric digital content inclusion follows the digital needs of generation Z students, which has evolved in higher speed than the digital competences of the educators.

The COVID-19 crisis shed light on the importance of digital education for the digital transformation that Europe needs and Vol3DEdu will enable the transformations and change at teacher level leading to digitally improved XR approaches.

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