• Erasmus + SPARKLE Project

    It is a pleasure to present you  SPARKLE Flyer for project promotion and dissemination. It contains basic information concerning the project, its objectives, activities undertaken and description of project results. It is available in 5. language versions.

    English

    German

    Bulgarian

    Polish

    Spanish

     “SPARKLE – Sport & Art for key competences improvement of marginalised young people” project address the gap in the non-formal education of marginalised youth in 4 EU countries, reflecting on the importance of extra-curricular aspects of the arts and sports as tools for improvement of the youth key competences required by the contemporary multicultural European society. The project aims to facilitate the inclusion of young people in any disadvantaged situation (immigrants, refugees, NEETs, ESL, rural youth, ethnic minorities) and improve their employability.

    The main output delivered will be a Training Toolbox for Youth Educators, meeting the needs of marginalised young people. Joint staff training gathered youth workers from BG, DE, ES & PL to exchange best practices and acquire knowledge on sport & art approaches, which later will be applied in pilot seminars with young learners in each country.

    As long-term benefits are expected the empowering & re-skilling of marginalised young learners in the 4 partners’ regions and other EU countries, thanks to the transferability of the developed outputs; equipping youth educators with new tools, using sport & art approaches; supporting the social inclusion of vulnerable youth, providing quality tailored education; networking at EU level for development of key competences and improvement of the basic and transversal skills of the young EU citizens.

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  • Erasmus+ „Active through education Handbook”

    It is a pleasure to present you „Active through education Handbook – collection of good practices”. This is a result created on the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships for adult education Exchange of Good Practices
    Project No – 2020-1-PL01-KA204-082094.

    Active through education Handbook

    European societies are ageing. In 1950, only 12% of the European population was over age 65. Today the share has already doubled, and projections show that in 2050 over 36% of Europe’s population will be 65+ years old. Said so, older people’s civic engagement and participation has emerged as a key topic for gerontology and public policy, while International organisations, including the United Nations and European Commission, have been prioritizing it as a means to promote active and successful ways of ageing.

    Another important issue is the low participation in adult learning in partner countries. Acording to the „Education and Training Monitor 2019 Country Analysis” EU average as concern overall participation in adult learning (age 25-64) is 11.1%. This Partnership assembles organizations from countries where the percentage is much more lower: Romania 0.9 %; Bulgaria 2.5 %; Poland 5.7%; Spain 10.5%. Moreover, acording to The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), 1/5 of the adult population of Europe does not have sufficient so-called basic skills.

    As organizations and institutions working with adults and seniors, all partners have a common goal to improve the methods of teaching people 60+ based on proven methods of education in Europe and active aging.

    “Active through education” is an Erasmus+ funded project carried out between December 2020 and September 2022 and aimed to improve the methods of teaching people aged 60+ based on proven methods of education in Europe and active aging.
    Project was coordinated by Fundacja Edukacja i Media (Poland) and involved partners from Bułgaria (Balkanska Agenciya za Ustoychivo Razvitie), Romania (Asociatia Initiativa Cetatenilor Seniori), Spain (M&M Profuture Training, S.L.) and Greece (Politistikos Laografikos Syllogos “Itanos”).

    The main goal of the project was to improve the methods of teaching people aged 60+, based on proven methods of education in Europe and active aging. The partnership focused on:
    – expanding knowledge on the educational needs of seniors,
    – exchanging, sharing and comparing examples of good practice from partner countries,
    – testing new methods, adapting and implementing at least 1 of them in ongoing training,
    – improving the educational offer for people 60+,
    – promoting the idea of lifelong learning among 60+ people.

    The project implementation was divided into two stages:
    The first one was dedicated to research, finding information and developing ideas related to the different educational methods. At the end of this period a Short term training event (Learning, Teaching, Training Activities) for adult educators was organized. Teaching methods that were practiced during the project and shared during LTTA included: How to use the potential of non-governmental organizations and libraries in education of 60+ people; How to use cultural activities and soft skills training for the benefit of seniors; How to use social media and Internet in a safe way; Memory training and mind exercises for seniors; Videoconferencing as a tool of communication especially in the era of pandemics.

    During the second stage of the project implementation we dedicated time to examining each method, adapting and implementing some of the methods into our ongoing training. The results have been in some cases excellent, in some others maybe not as good as expected, but they were all positive, because “trying” is already a good start.

    We encourage teachers to try some of the ideas proposed. Choose one of the methods according to your teaching style, adapt it to your learners and educational environment and bear in mind that some methods apply to some subjects better than others. Have fun!


  • Stage 3 of the “Sustainable development learning path in 3 stages” 3rd transnational project meeting, 20th – 21st July 2022

    The 3rd. transnational meeting of „Changing the climate for lifelong learning through sustainability” project was successfully completed at Rethymno (Crete) on 20-21st July 2022, with all partners attending, from 6 European partner countries – Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Poland, and Greece (the hosting country).

    Special thanks to Mrs Fillipaki -Sustainability Education Coordinator of Regional Center for Educational Planning in Crete and Mrs.Koutrouditsou the Coordinator of #Archelon Association in Rethymno and to the Mrs Kefalogianni’s of #Psiloritis Geopark Environmental Education Center to illustrate us with the on-going educational projects in each Organization.

    • Environmental aspects in Crete
    • How Regional Public Administration works on Environmental Education
    • Sea Turtles Protection and recovering management plans
    • Environmental Education for schools and families in Psiloritis Geopark

    It was a pleasure to meet everyone again and having the opportunity to share good practices around #SDG#4, education, and sustainability.

    Discovering Crete, its people, history, and lifestyle and how those aspects combined with education can contribute to a sustainable world it is being an honor for us.

    Thank you, all partners, for being there and share your knowledge!

    Partner Organizations:

    • Equilibri Sostenible – EquiS (Barcelona, Spain, Project Applicant & Coordinator)
    • Regional Cluster “North-East” from Varna (Bulgaria)
    • The Institut za napredno upravljanje komunikacij from Maribor (Slovenia)
    • Fundacja Edukacja i Media (Polonia)
    • Sc Rogepa Srl from Bahia Mare (Romania)
    • European Education & Learning Institute from Rethymno (Greece) – acting as hosting partner organization for this 3rd meeting.

    The project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.



  • Upcoming event: Sparkle Joint Staff Training, 25-31.07.2022

    The event will take place as part of the SPARKLE project – “Sport & Art for Key Competences Improvement of Marginalised Young People”.

    The event will be held in Sozopol, Burgas, Bulgaria on 25-31.07.2022.

    It’s planned to be a five day training for staff members of the partners’ organisations from Germany, Poland, Spain and Bulgaria.

    • The Sparkle joint staff training (JST) activity will take place in Sozopol in Bulgaria.
    • The partners will select three staff members to participate in the activity, following the agreed procedure at application phase.
    • The JST will take place in July 2022 during five days with eight hours working programme. Total of 12 participants (three per partner organisation) will be involved, responding to the required profile of youth trainers/coaches, English speakers.
    • Activity lead organisation will be European Information Centre (EIC), Bulgaria and the partners from Germany, Spain and Poland will act as sending organisations. EIC will follow participatory approach, enhancing critical thinking and sense of initiative of the participants from different cultures and backgrounds.

  • LINK – LINKing Seniors to Digital Media Literacy, Democracy and Diversity

    “LINK” is a 2-years-project that aims to create a non-formal educational strategy for organizations and facilitators to be prepared to promote digital media literacy and a mindful participation of senior citizens in democratic life.

    It gathers five entities (public and private) from PT, PL, IT and ES with a large and complementary experience in adult education and active aging promotion across Europe, that are motivated in offering lifelong learning opportunities specially design to seniors to allow them to accompany the digital transformation, fight disinformation campaigns and fake news and encouraging them to participate actively in society.

    The aims of the “LINK” project is to create an educational strategy aimed at the senior population, to promote digital literacy and conscious participation in democratic life, addressing how online disinformation can affect democracy and the electoral process, and reinforcing the knowledge and sharing of the values of the European Union.
    Objectives
    – To create a capacity-building programme to develop digital media literacy and a mindful democratic participation among senior citizens.
    – To empower facilitators and educators on how to promote an active and mindful citizenship among seniors.
    – To encourage the exchange of experience and methodology among partners, reinforcing the network, and increasing organizations’ capacity and educators’ competences.
    – To reflect on democracy pillars and seniors’ fundamental role as European Citizens towards democracy preservation, promoting their social and digital inclusion.
    – To create awareness on how disinformation and propaganda events interfere with democracy, promote critical thinking, media, and digital literacy.
    – To experiment and analyze different digital tools to promote the potential of European Citizenship as a mean to improve civic engagement and social inclusion among seniors.
    – To raise awareness among seniors to the importance of the common EU values, the principles of unity and diversity, reinforcing a sense of belonging to a common European space, creating connections, and providing sense of unity.
    To provide an opportunity to participate in two transnational educational exchanges among seniors from different countries, reinforcing a European identity and Intercultural learning.

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  • Erasmus+ „Active through education” Project

    „Active through education” is a project implemented within Erasmus+ Programme, Strategic Partnerships for adult education.
    The project supports European cooperation between partners active in the field
    of adult education with a view to developing, transferring, implementing and exchange of good practice how to educate 60+ adults and develop their skills. Exploring and valorizing a series of tools that support social and digital inclusion is the primary motivation and drive of the current partnership.

    The main goal of the project is to improve the methods of teaching people 60+, based on proven methods of education in Europe and active aging.
    Very important aspect of the project is to give adult educators the opportunity to share and learn from colleagues in Europe.

    Project implementation is divided in two phases:
    -1st phase: is dedicated to research, finding information and developing ideas related to the different didactic methods. At the end of this period a Short term training event (LTTA) for adult educators will be organized. Teaching methods and issues that will be practiced during the project and shared during LTTA include:
    • How to use the potential of non-governmental organizations and libraries in education of 60+ people
    • How to use cultural activities and soft skills training for the benefit of seniors
    • How to use social media and Internet in a safe way
    • Memory training and mind exercises for seniors
    • Videoconferencing as a tool of communication especially in the era of pandemics.
    – 2nd phase: During this period we will dedicate time to examining this methods.
    We will encourage teachers to try some of the ideas proposed. Then, choose one of the methods according to their teaching style, adapt it to their learners and organization environment and bear in mind that some methods apply to some subjects better than others. The results will be positive, because “trying” is always a good start.

    As a result of long-term cooperation, we will develop proposals for trainers and staff of NGOs and other institutions which provide non-formal and/or informal education for senior citizens.


  • Information campaign in the field of ecology, environmental and climate protection

    Environmental and climate protection (presentation available in Polish language)


  • Changing the climate for lifelong learning through sustainability 2 nd transnational project meeting

    The 2 nd transnational project meeting of the project Changing the climate for lifelong learning through sustainability (www.equilibrisostenible.eu/KA2_CHANGING.html) was held on 30th – 31st August 2021 in Baia Mare (Romania), with participants from the following Partner Organizations: Equilibri Sostenible – EquiS, a Spanish not-for-profit Association (Project Applicant & Coordinator), Regional Cluster “North-East” from Varna (Bulgaria), the Institut za napredno upravljanje komunikacij from Maribor (Slovenia), Fundacja Edukacja i Media from Gliwice (Polonia), European Education & Learning Institute from Rethymno (Greece), Sc Rogepa Srl from Bahia Mare (Romania), acting as hosting partner organization for this 2nd meeting. The project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.

    The main purpose of the meeting was to introduce the participants to the cognitive learning objectives in relation to Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education, ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all:

    – the important role of education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, as main drivers of sustainable development, for improving people’s lives and in achieving the SDGs.

    – education as a global common good, a basis for guaranteeing the realization of all other SDGs.

     – the relevant role of culture in achieving sustainability and how education can help create a more sustainable, equitable and peaceful world.

    The meeting has been an opportunity to showcase and discuss the outcomes of the works carried prior to the meeting itself in the local context of the Partner Organizations, aiming at the exchange of good practices, based on the following:

     -Based on SDG4 targets and indicators, selection and elaboration in relation to those 3/4 targets more relevant for every Partner organization.

    -Starting from the selected targets, every Partner have described and elaborated in connection to 1 or 2 competences-knowledges related to learners and 1 or 2 competences-knowledges related to trainers/teachers, to be acquired in order to reach the above mentioned targets, eliciting the corresponding cognitive learning objectives

    -Every Partner Organization, in relation to trainers/teachers competences has presented the state of the art to acquire them. The Partners with no action in place yet, have elaborated in relation to the very first needed steps

    -In relation to the learning provisions, the Partners have elaborated on the most appropriate cognitive learning strategies to create a positive learning experience aiming at acquiring those competences.