Increase in adult learners in Estonia!
According to data released by the Statistics of Estonia, 17.3% of 25-64-year-olds participated in level education or training in 2017. This is an increase of 1.6%. Estonia is working on providing more trainings and encouraging people to participate. With the help of the European Social Fund (ESF) the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research offers free upskilling and occupation training courses. The courses are for adults who have not received specialist training or would like to upgrade their skills. More information can be found here, for the list of courses please click here.
Discover SEGs upcoming webinars!
The School Education Gateway will host several webinars with several different topics. The upcoming two will be about cultural heritage, as this is also the theme of the European Year 2018. Therefore, on the 27th of March, a webinar will be held on how to link your teaching with cultural heritage. The second webinar with a focus on STEAM; to engage all students in authentic learning experiences.
More information and how to enrol can be found here!
Have you visited the European Youth Capital yet?
If you have not, it is really time to plan your trip! For the year 2018, the European Youth Capital (EYC) is Cascais in Portugal. This coastal resort town just west of Lisbon is a famous vacation spot in Portugal and 40% of all inhabitants are under 35 years old. Cascais visualises their year as an opportunity to contribute to a more cohesive Europe and to highlight the importance of an intergenerational dialogue.
More information and a short video can be found here!
Photo competition in Cyprus!
The European Commission in Cyprus has set out a photo competition where you can showcase what you define as the cultural heritage of Cyprus. This can take many forms and can be tangible or intangible, such as music and crafts as well as buildings and monuments. The top three winning entries will win digital cameras or action cameras!
Click here for more information and how to enter!
The e-Twinning European Prizes have been announced!
With the submission of over 700 projects, e-Twinning was tasked with picking the winners, and in some cases the runner-uppers as well. Now e-Twinning is pleased to announce the winners in the eleven different categories. These projects all function as a great example of cooperation and collaborative work and therewith demonstrated outstanding achievements.
The full list of winners per category can be found here!
Play the game #HerStoryOurStory!
The European Union has funded an online game in the light of International Women’s Day. In this game you try to help four girls live a life free of violence, you make a series of decisions in situations where a girl is being oppressed or in possible danger.
Take the game here to see if you can help make the world a better place for girls!
European Solidarity Corps delayed
Due to delays in the agreement of the legal framework for the European Solidarity Corps, a transition period was put in place before the initiative will be adopted later this year.
More information about the changes in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide and the European Solidarity Corps can be found here.
New proposal Key Competences for Lifelong Learning
Continuing the Recommendation on Key Competencies adopted in 2006, the new proposal provides an updated description of the competencies. This reflects the evolution teaching and learning has gone through in the last decade. In support of this, three challenges have been identified for the Member States to work on: enabling the use of a variety of learning approaches and contexts, supporting teachers and other educational staff, and the assessment and validation of competence development. In May 2018, the Council is planned to adopt the Recommendation.
More information and details regarding the Recommendation can be found here.
Prepared by Tessa Verheij