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fuTOURISME: Fostering digital & sustainable transition of TOURism SMEs for FUture

To improve the competitiveness of tourism SMEs throughout the twin transition (sustainable and digital), the fuTOURiSME project focuses on approaches and activities to help SMEs develop new business perspectives. In particular, the project aspires to stimulate the development and implementation of innovative, sustainable and digital initiatives, creating links between different forms of
innovation.

To achieve this, fuTOURiSME will provide technical and financial assistance to SMEs in designing innovative solutions to incorporate sustainable and digital practices, as well as support activities for incubation, acceleration and growth. To that end, the partners will also lay the foundation for the creation of cross-border and cross-sector collaborations between European tourism SMEs to facilitate knowledge and practice exchange while simultaneously elevating the innovation barriers in tourism-related value
chains through cutting edge solutions.

Enhance your digital skills! Participate in the ALL DIGITAL Weeks 2024 campaign 

Brussels, 26 February 2024 – Today, ALL DIGITAL, the European association representing networks of digital education stakeholders, is pleased to announce the launch of the ALL DIGITAL Weeks 2024 campaign, the annual digital inclusion and empowerment campaign involving digital competence centres, libraries, community centres, schools and other venues across Europe. 

In 2024, as in previous years, the campaign will receive support from the European Commission and will span over three weeks, from the 13th of May until the 31st of May. It will engage international and national partners, as well as participating organizations across various European countries. The campaign actions will be underpinned under the motto ‘‘Enhance your digital skills’’ which is a call to action for all European citizens and every individual living in Europe to learn new skills, both basic and advanced, to be able to face digital transformation with confidence. 

The campaign will build on what was achieved in 2023 and on its contribution to the success of the European Year of Skills, promoted by the European Commission. ALL DIGITAL Weeks 2024, on the occasion of the European elections (6-9 June 2024), will put aspects of digital democracy, civic participation and social responsibility into focus, as well as cover challenges arising from disinformation online and a lack of information literacy for a large portion of Europe’s citizens are in the spotlight, as much as initiatives, solutions and tools fostering participation, equity and inclusion. 

The campaign will also support the implementation of specific actions of the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-27 of the European Commission, with the main objective of enhancing digital skills and competences for the digital transformation. Many EU projects where ALL DIGITAL is involved will be presented during the campaign period to increase their visibility across Europe.

The three weeks of the campaign will focus on the following specific core themes under which all the training and events will be organised at international and national level across Europe: Digital Skills for employment, entrepreunership and innovation (reskilling and up-skilling); Digital Skills in “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’’ (encompassing issues such as migration, democratisation, gender gap, ethnicity); DigComp, DigCompEdu and Digital Skills Certifications; Digital media literacy and disinformation; Cybersecurity and safer internet; Digital Skills for Environment and Sustainability; Digital Skills for specific sectors (education, cultural and creative industries, transportation, health…) and the application of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in education and training

How the campaign will be supported in 2024

The campaign aims to show the need for empowering all European citizens with the digital tools and skills they need in their studies, jobs, and for social inclusion. We will focus on different actions covering policy themes, European project dissemination activities, and promotion of grassroots level activities. It encourages various activities to support the Europeans who do not have enough digital skills to participate fully in society and benefit from digital transformation.

The international launch event of the campaign will be organised in Brussels on the 14th of May 2024, involving policymakers, digital education stakeholders and ALL DIGITAL members.

The campaign will be sustained and promoted with the support of selected national coordinators across Europe. The national coordinators are ALL DIGITAL present or future members that will liaise with organisations involved in digital skills, will promote the campaign across their networks, and monitor the performances at national level. They will have the role of fostering the visibility of the ALL DIGITAL Weeks in their country, and support and coordinate the local partners in the organisation of local events, training and courses which provide different population groups with digital skills and education. 

We will invite international networks, umbrella organisations, or those with capacity to have a big regional or national reach to join as partners of the campaign. We ask them to support us in promoting the campaign and planned activities to their network and raise awareness on digital education issues tackled by the campaign in their country. We invite them to organize an international event in English and have it featured in the ALL DIGITAL Weeks 2024 agenda as well to encourage local organisations to add their events, courses, lectures, and training on the map of events, to showcase the concrete impact they have in enhancing teachers, students, employees, elderly people, migrants, and all groups impacted by the digital transformation. The map will be operational at the beginning of March on the ALL DIGITAL Weeks website.

We will welcome articles/blogs about the campaign with an overview of what has happened in the country, highlighting best/most interesting events. Interesting news will be published on ALL DIGITAL Weeks website and promoted through ALL DIGITAL’s social media accounts.

The Campaign

The ALL DIGITAL Weeks campaign is one of the major pan-European awareness raising campaigns on digital skills for inclusion, empowerment and employment. It is organised by ALL DIGITAL Network, and it has been running since 2010. Since then, the campaign has helped almost 1.5 million people to get online for the first time or enhance their digital skills. 

The awareness-raising campaign is run at digital competence centres, libraries, community centres, schools and other venues across Europe. Every year it helps about 100,000 Europeans from 20+ European countries to learn and be inspired by what technology can do for them, focusing on the opportunities given by digital transformation and its effects. The campaign is co-funded by the European Commission (1)

Over the years, the campaign was supported by Microsoft, Liberty Global, Accenture, Telenet, Cisco, Mozilla Foundation, Certiport.

For more information please contact:

Andrea Bedorin

Senior Communications Officer

andrea.bedorin@all-digital.org 

(1) Disclaimer: Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Junior Finance Officer and Administrator

(Hybrid/partly remote work)

CARDET is interested in hiring a highly motivated Junior Finance Officer and Administrator with an eye for detail and a passion for accuracy to join our Finance department. We are looking for high calibre individuals who demonstrate the following attributes

  • Dynamic personality with excellent teamwork skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines 
  • Willingness to learn and take initiatives 
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong communication and organization skills

Main Duties and Responsibilities of the role

  • Prepare financial reports for European projects according to regulations ​
  • Provide administrative support for European projects
  • Issue invoices and manage payments
  • Complete tasks relating to VAT, social insurance, tax authorities, banks, etc.
  • Interaction with external accounting firm
  • Interaction with vendors and partners
  • Develop European project budgets according to regulations ​

Qualifications, knowledge and experience

  • University degree in relevant field
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Fluency in Greek and English
  • Demonstrable experience in a similar position would be considered an advantage
  • Basic bookkeeping and financial recording skills would be considered an advantage
  • Experience with Financial management of European Projects will be an advantage

We offer:

  • Inclusive and Positive Culture
  • Access to Employee Health & Wellbeing initiatives
  • Mental Health support (Counselling offer) 
  • Lifelong learning (individual training budget), access to internal knowledge sharing platform, external Seminars and Conferences
  • Supportive and Ethical Leadership and team
  • Challenging and rewarding work with impact on society
  • Provident Fund
  • 13th salary 
  • Additional annual leave 
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Hybrid work and Flexible work hours
  • Travel opportunities

If you are ready to embark on an exciting career journey and eager to make a positive impact in a dynamic organisation , you can complete our online application form and submit an up-to-date CV, and cover letter indicating your experience to the Hiring Committee by February 29th, 2024 through the following link.

The position will remain open until it is filled. ​All applications will be treated in strict confidence.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

CARDET complies with GDPR. For details about our privacy policy, visit https://www.cardet.org/privacy-policy

CARDET is an HR Award winning, equal opportunities, disability confident, employer of choice. We have recently been accredited the Sound Industrial Relations 2014 standard. We are committed to safeguarding and are against all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation. To be considered for one of our positions, shortlisted applicants must complete a self-declaration form to confirm they have never been subject to sanctions (disciplinary, administrative or criminal), provide the contact details of at least 2 work related referees and certificates of clear criminal records by the Cyprus Police and be willing to provide samples of their work. 

TheEcoSTEAM eLearning Concept is Now Available

The EcoSTEAM Development team is thrilled to announce the completion of its first deliverable: The EcoSTEAM eLearning Concept. Following a year-long development phase, educational researchers, curriculum developers, and STEAM educators have jointly devised a comprehensive training course targeting STEAM educators. The resulting course aims to equip formal and non-formal education STEAM practitioners with essential skills and know-how for fostering environmental awareness and consciousness among secondary school students through STEAM methods and pedagogies.

The content coverage of the eLearning Concept training course ultimately seeks to support educators in enhancing students’ interest in scientific topics through innovative educational activities and projects, encouraging future studies and employment in STEAM-related fields. 

Drawing insights from over 120 scientific journal articles and extensive reflective workshops, project partners have meticulously designed four learning Modules encapsulating a series of didactical guidelines, quality indicators, and assessment strategies. The four principal thematic areas of the resulting modules cover: 

  • Fundamentals of instructional design in STEAM Learning & Education
  • Integrating and developing environmental awareness and ecological literacy through STEAM
  • Fostering communities of practice among STEAM educators 
  • Nurturing STEAM professionals of the future – from theory to practice

The EcoSTEAM eLearning Concept is a valuable resource for STEAM educators, equipping them with an essential understanding of integrating environmental agency into their teaching practices through highly engaging and creative STEAM activities. The EcoSTEAM team aspires to impact European STEAM education networks positively.

To access the EcoSTEAM eLearning Concept and stay updated on our future endeavours, visit EcoSTEAM website here.

TUA Pilots Its Training for Professionals Working with Youth with ASD/SD

The Unexpected Artepreneur (TUA) project is happy to announce the successful completion of its 2-day pilot training for professionals working with youth youth on the Autism Spectrum and Down Syndrome at Toxotis Charitable Foundation in Nicosia.

Aimed at forstering a deeper sense of belonging and inclusion of the young people with ASD/DS in the society, this Erasmus+ initiative leverages ‘artepreneurship’ to empower individuals and initiate different touchpoints in the community. To effectively achieve that, the project consortium has developped a comprehensive Training Curriculum to help professionals confidently incorporate this innovative and creative approach in their line of work.

During the pilot training, the psychologists and SEN educators got a firsthand look at TUA Training Curriculum and more importantly, offered their invaluable feedback and recommentations. This is a critical element for further refinement and enhancement of the proposed curriculum, before it will be available as part on an e-learning course to all for free.

For more annoucements on TUA Training Curriculum and the launch of the TUA – Express Yourself platform, please check out the TUA website. More updates are coming soon.

SMILE: Sustainable MobILity in school Education

By the end of this century, climate is expected to change due to the large amounts of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the atmosphere. The European Green Deal (EGD) wants to tackle the threat of climate change by having no net emissions of GHG by 2050 and the EC aims for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, but in order for this to occur, there is a need to decrease anthropogenic GHG emissions.

The EC suggests that education and training will help achieve the green transition the EGD is aiming for. Therefore, equipping teachers’ knowledge and skills on using green activities will contribute to achieving environmental sustainability and thus, sustainable mobility.

SMILE aims to build the capacity of teachers to be able to implement activities with students in the field of climate change, sustainable mobility and STEAM education in order to increase awareness on these pressing topics.

PLANNING SEEDS: Solidarity Economy Districts for Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability

On December 9, 2021, the European Commission, introduced the Social Economy Action Plan, aiming to unlock the full potential of the social economy sector by creating the right conditions for social economy growth, fostering skill development in the sector, and enhancing recognition of its potential. In line with this goal, the Planning Seeds project aims to create a shared European methodological framework and a Handbook for the creation and management of Solidarity Economy Districts, involving young adults (18 – 30) with fewer opportunities and the elderly population (65+) in their development and promotion.

The project intends to scale up the roadmap for the creation of Local Green Deals (LGDs) developed as part of the European Commission’s Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) at the community level by activating the bottom-up innovation within the social economy – Solidarity Economy Districts (SEEDs) initiative. SEEDs and their associated purchasing groups, known as ‘short food supply chains’ (SFSCs) promote circular economy principles, local consumption, and have a significant social impact. Aligning with the European Green Deal and Farm to Fork strategy, SFSCs play a crucial role in improving local food systems, reducing dependence on long-distance transport, and contributing to both the green transition and social inclusion objectives.

PROChef: Development of a tailormade comprehensive training concept on implementing the protein shift in an institutional kitchen

Institutional kitchens, such as those in restaurants, schools, and healthcare facilities, play a crucial role in shaping our eating habits and preferences. With this in mind, the PROchef project explores the importance of revamping gastronomic education to promote a protein shift, the process whereby the animal protein is replaced with alternative sources to effectively contribute to long-term sustainability and maximise health benefits.

By highlighting the importance of alternative protein in culinary education, chefs and kitchen staff will be better prepared to implement a protein shift in these settings, offering more plant-based options and reducing the environmental footprint associated with traditional meat-heavy menus.

LEADING 2030: Boost post-pandemic business practices for sustainable development for 2030

Although it is recognised that some progress has been made in the last 5 years towards the achievement of the 17 SDGs, businesses need to do much more to accelerate corporate sustainability and responsible business practice.

The LEADING 2030 project aims to:

  • accelerate a culture of sustainability and ownership of the SDGs, creating a holistic and practical background and driving action
  • upskill business consultants/CVET professionals and leaders with competences to mainstream sustainability across sectors
  • develop a set of innovative and cutting-edge didactic resources, available in digital and open media, to empower any interested professional and equip VET and business with a bespoke hands-on portfolio and
  • enhance local/regional/national and European cooperation through the participation of associated partners, experts and key-stakeholders

DigiFolk: Digitizing the Folktales of a City – Sharing the Wisdom of the Other

The ultimate goal of the DigiFolk is to showcase through a diverse set of folktales our common humanity and collective EU cultural identity. By collecting, curating, digitizing and sharing the cultural products, DigiFolk aims to give voice to communities, which hold a minority status in European societies.As such, the project addresses the Erasmus + general goal of “raising awareness on and understanding the European Union context, notably as regards the common EU values, the principles of unity and diversity, as well as their cultural identity, cultural awareness and their social and historical heritage”.

By allowing diverse stories to be heard, the project hopes to address the problem of long-standing prejudices in European societies, that are partially produced due to exposure to only single narratives favouring the dominant cultures and demoting those cultures that are willingly or unwillingly othered.