EU Funding Projects
L-Cloud: Developing Tomorrows Cloud Educational Leaders
L-Cloud is an Erasmus+ Key Section 2 project in the field of Strategic Partnerships for school education. Cloud System adoption in education remains fragmented because while Cloud Computing offers many advantages, decision makers are largely unaware of the potential benefits for learning, teaching, administration and management. Therefore, training and support systems are needed to help educators, keep up to date with the rapidly changing Cloud Computing system environment. Leadership is also needed for pedagogical change, otherwise educators will continue the paradox of using new technological tools with old teaching methods. The need for the development of the L-Cloud proposed project has derived partly from the results of the project SoC (School on the Cloud - connecting education to the Cloud for digital citizenship network) which explored how education should respond to Cloud Computing developments and how Cloud-based services can be used to improve the quality of education and transform the way schools are led and managed. The SoC project has demonstrated that leadership for change is needed. The main issue today is no longer access to technology, but the capability to establish meaningful leadership for Cloud-based learning, teaching and administration as a sustainable basis for the evolution of Education.
L-Cloud is designed to promote the leadership for change and will produce the following main outputs:
1. Developing Guidelines for Skills and Competences for Adaptive Education Cloud Leaders
2. Developing a Qualification Framework for Education Cloud Leaders based on Skills and Competence. This process includes the definition and validation of the competence framework as well as the definition of an International Professional Certification Programme.
3. Designing a course for developing adaptive education cloud leaders
Implementation period: 01/10/2018-30/9/2020 (24 months)
UPGRADE: UP skillinG Refugees And aDult Educators
UPGRADE project consists in extending and developing the competences of low skilled migrant populations and educators/ professionals working in organisations, providing support to them, in order to assist them in the long-run in promoting a new dynamic training material for up-skilling low qualified adult refugees/migrants(linguisting support, soft and sector skills etc) resulting to access to job opportunities in the host country and to re-skill educators who work with refugees/migrants through a multicultural capacity building methodology.
Migrants are a crucial topic for EU Agenda as various strategies were put in place to look for complementary solutions to manage the issue of rising migration influx. The project is grounded on EU Partnership for integration (2017) with specific measures responds to integration needs of migrants groups.
This will be done via following outcomes:
- Capacity Building Training Course
- ReSupportMI e-tool Capacity Building (online guidance space for migrants and communication tool among professionals working with this specific target group)
- Multicultural and Skills assessment Tools for professionals working with migrants
The project has been designed based on the partners experience and understanding of professionals working with migrants needs and refugees/migrants learners. The project will bring together 6 partners from 4 different countries wishing to promote citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination, strengthening social cohesion and helping people become responsible, open-minded and active members of our diverse and inclusive society by enriching adult educators intercultural competences.
This project will also include four transnational project meetings that will contribute to the preparation, implementation and evaluation phase of the project as well as one joint staff training event for the staff of the participating organisations so as to be able to inform the target group during the multiplier events and the pilot testing. All the information gathered through this project and the promotion of the project itself will then be uploaded on the ReSupportMi e-tool.
The total number of people, who will benefit (directy or indirectly) from or will be targeted through the project activities (Capacity Building Training Course, Methodology and ReSupportMI e-tool, Multiplier Events) during its duration, is moderately estimated at approximately 2500.
The project's expected results are the following:
o Increase the quality of services offered to refugees/migrants in the future;
o Fostering the integration process and refugees/ migrants economic participation in society;
o Improved levels of skills awareness for employability of refugees/ migrants;
o Enhancing civic orientation and active citizenship of refugees/migrants
o Increasing opportunities for refugees/migrants for professional development;
o Creating links between the host society and m refugees/migrants' communities;
o Development of competences in dealing with inter-cultural conflicts;
o promoting an awareness of the importance of cultural diversity in Europe;
o promoting understanding of cultural backgrounds and providing reflection in order to increase tolerance and to reduce prejudices and xenophobia.
The UPGRADE project is expected to have an overall significant impact on participants (refugees/ migrants, professionals working with migrants) competences and multicultural mindsets, based on their dealing with migrants / refugees:
o Fostering the integration process and migrants economic participation in society;
o Enhancing social inclusion via cross-cultural acceptance, improved understanding of multicultural environments and diversity concepts;
o Improved levels of skills awareness for employability on behalf of refugees/ migrants;
o Enhancing civic orientation and active citizenship of refugees/migrants;
o Creating links between the host society and refugees/ migrants communities.
Impact on local community:
o Strengthening the role of host communities in the personal and professional development of refugees/ migrants;
o Developing the sense of respect and tolerance, and combating towards different nations and cultures;
o Development of competences in dealing with intercultural conflicts;
Impact at national and EU level:
o Intensified sensitisation of policy makers and relevant stakeholders (centralised and decentralised) to further extend and develop migrants and educators' competences through the support non-formal and informal learning;
The projects innovation and added value lies in the very fact that it does not merely seek to train trainers and refugees/migrants. The project goes beyond the training scheme as it incorporates the promotion of EU cultural diversity, access in OLS (Linguistic Support Tool) and the utility of EU Skills Profile Tool.
Diversification of Seafarers Employability paths through collaborative development of competences and certification-DivSea
DivSea is an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project in the field of Strategic partnership for vocational education and training. The project funded under the aims to improve the employability skills and work opportunities for marine workers and to reduce the existing gap between the education and labour market, by diversification of career paths and skills recognition. Specifically, this project intends to build a collaborative network to continuously identify the gaps between marine labour market needs and educational field in terms of both hard and soft skills. This network will improve soft skills by continuous professional development of educational staff and marine workers in ICT to diversify career paths through collaborative short term training.
Implementation Period: 01/09/2016-31/08/2018
For more information: https://www.cmu-edu.eu/divsea/
International Assisted Communication for Education I-ACE
I-ACE is an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project in the field of Strategic Partnerships for school education. Inter-personal communication and international cooperation play a key role in education and in a broader sense, in active citizenship. These opportunities should be equally available to all, promoting social inclusion.
Implementation Period: 01/11/2016-31/10/2018