Further Education in International Cooperation was a Czech project developed in Central Bohemia region. The aim was to teach non-profit and public organizations in the Czech Republic to develop European projects in order to promote international cooperation. Moreover, awareness was raised about the programmes that support international cooperation (among them Erasmus+, EASI, Europe for Citizens, Creative Europe, LIFE and others) and about the ways that international cooperation can be a value added for the organisations.
The project Training Leading to Providing Better Sevices was aimed at internal training for employees younger than 30 years. The project goal was to improve the quality of all services provided by the European Development Agency. A great emphasis is placed on improving of communication and presentation skills of our young workers, dealing with clients and partners and expanding knowledge of foreign languages and IT skills. The project activities (mainly different courses) improved the professional and other qualifications of the young staff.
EUDA was one of 14 partners in RENEW project, a project inside the Lifelong Learning – Leonardo da Vinci programme. The purpose of this partnership was to deepen the skills of professionals involved in implementing EU programmes, operating with EU funds and projects by means of sustaining their organizations’ main activities in educational or consultancy operations. The core Partnership activities embraced 15 magisterial lessons on particular aspects of EU programmes/project planning and management prepared by the partners and 4 transnational workshops in the frames of the 3-day meetings in the partners’ countries.
The idea of W.I.N.E. (Wine In Northeastern Europe: improving winegrowers’marketing skills in the field of wine tourism) is the result of previous cooperation of some of the project partners in the field of wine tourism. The project was created in order to help small and medium winegrowers from the Northwestern Europe to face the challenges that threaten the surveilance of their businesses. More information here.
The project aimed to promote the development of green skills of Roma people and its partnership was a unique combination of local authorities, civil society and the private sector. More information is available here.
The project Current trends and social innovation in long term and direct care supported the mutual exchange of know-how, good practices and evaluation of currently existing policies in the area of providing long-term care in the Czech Republic. The main goal of the project was to create a sustainable development of thematic networks, which would focus on the transfer of current trends in social innovation between Czech and international project partners. The project responded to the current European trend, which leads to an increase in the number of people requiring long-term care and people who live above average age gradually.
The project was funded by the ESF and the budget of the Czech Republic through the Operational Programme Human Resources and Employment and involved 3 partners from the Czech Republic (EUDA, Institute of Social Services Prague 4 and the European Innovation Centre Prague).
The main goal of KeyRoma project was to develop key competences in social skills for Roma women to increase their participation in the service sector. The main aim in KeyRoma was to address a proble it is very common in roma women, namely the lack of integration in the labour market as their educational standards usually do not meet employers’ expectances.
It was funded by the European Commission’s Life Long Learning Programme and was implemented in five countries: Spain, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania and Belgium. It lasted 2 years, finishing on January 2014.
The project I AM ROMA: Changing Mindsets focused on developing a society based on respect for fundamental human rights. The project’s main objective is to combat discrimination, racism and xenophobia with an emphasison protecting Roma children’s rights. Through raise of public awareness on the issue, campaigns and workshops, “I am Roma” seeks to erase the existing negative stereotypes and to combat ignorance by spreading understanding and tolerance.
Project was financed by European Commission – programme Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. The partner countries involved were Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal and the Czech Republic, which all have a long history of experience with the problem of Roma integration.
The project Active Ageing focused in the exchange of good practices and know-how in the field of active ageing, employment and retirement policies. It was created as a response to the upcoming social crisis in the Czech Republic and Europe in general. What is unique about this particular project is that it involves partners from both the public and the non-governmental sector providing important knowledge on different approaches towards finding the right solution.
The project was supported by Operational programme Human Resources and Employment. Partners working together on the issue include the Swedish town of Lodingö, the British NGO PISCESwm (Partnership In Social and Community Enterprise in Schools) and the Department of Social and Health Care in Prague.
The main focus of Project DENS (Different Experiences – New Solutions) was to find ways to increase the share of older workers on the labor market which is one of EU’s priorities in order to meet the goals as set by the EES and the Lisbon Strategy to make Europe more dynamic and competitive. A key element was the creation of effective partnerships between the national stakeholders. Relevant representatives of social partners, employees, employers (as well as trade unions), policy makers, NGOs and others took part in formulating different proposals and possible strategies within the fields of flexicurity (flexibility and security) and active ageing in order to improve the existing employment and social policies.
It was a project commissioned under the European Community Program for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013) and included organizations from Slovenia, Denmark, Czech Republic and Croatia.
CENILS (Central European Network for Knowledge based on Innovative Light Sources) project aimed to create a transnational network of universities, laboratories and Small and Medium Enterprises, which will promote an effective use and a rational development of Innovative Light Sources (ILS‘s) in the Central Europe Programme Area. It was composed of several study visits and workshops.
The project was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It was implemented by six EU countries – Italy, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Germany and Poland.
E2BEBIS project (Environmental and Economic BEnefits from Biochar clusterS in the Central area) tackled the limited use of biochar in Central Europe, the lack of a proper legal framework on biochar on EU level, as well as on national levels in the participating countries, and the low awareness of the potential benefits of biochar among policy-makers and other stakeholders. The main aim of the project was to increase the use of environmentally friendly technology, the biochar produced through the pyrolisis, since it is still considered a waste to dispose.
The project was implemented in five EU countries – Italy, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and the Czech Republic and financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Central Europe.
The ACCESS project’s main objective was the acceleration of regional competitiveness and sector-based excellence through innovation management tools and techniques. The Access was aimed at paying much attention to particular industries; in order to make the project more effective three main focus sectors for the developed tools, techniques and strategies have been selected: food industry, biotechnology and mechatronics. This main task was achieved through a series of activities, such as the sectoral audits or exchange of experience in the relevant areas.
The project included 11 partners from 8 Central European countries who joint their forces to improve innovation policy, using the sectoral approach and involving the important stakeholders in the process.
This project offered students of the final grades of university or secondary school to gain work experience during their studies. Placements for young job seekers (internships for youth) sought to address unemployment of recent graduates in the labour market. Internships lasted up to 300 hours (1-3 months).
The project Internships for Youth offered students of the final grades of university or secondary school to gain working experience even during their studies. Placements for young job seekers (Internships for Youth) addressed unemployment of fresh graduates in the labor market.
The main objective of the project Internships in Private Companies was to introduce an innovative system of further education through internships in companies and thus to increase the employability of people in the labor market. The project was designed for Czech citizens or residents (excluding the self-employed and students) with domicile outside the capital. The project leader was the Fund of Further Education.
The project Practical Experience for Young People under 30 Years was aimed at increasing employment among specific age groups of young people through targeted implementation of active employment policy measures. EUDA accepted two interns for one year during the project.
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs was launched in 2009, when the first entrepreneurs went abroad to gain valuable experience. Since more than one thousand young entrepreneurs joined the project. Also EUDA hosted two young interns under the program – Zsuzsanna from Hungary and Kadi from Estonia.
During the VISIT project in partnership with the Comune di Santa Maria Capua Vetere from Italy, 21 Italian graduates with Tourism and Cultural field background were matched with host organisations in Prague from January until May 2014 in a training experience in these placements. According to their specific profiles, they were doing tasks related with receptivity, tourism management, promotion and safeguarding of cultural heritage. Program run in parallel also in the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus. It was financed by Leonardo da Vinci programme.
During the GoTour project in partnership with the Eurokom Association from Italy, 9 Italian graduates with Tourism and Cultural field background were matched with host organisations in Prague from January until May 2014 in a training experience in these placements. According to their specific profiles, they were doing tasks related with receptivity, tourism management, promotion and safeguarding of cultural heritage. It was financed by Leonardo da Vinci programme.
From 20th June to 26th July, ten student from italian high school Profagri Salerno visited Prague. They had secured a work placement at Dobrá farma in Maslovice, a village about 18 km far from Prague. There they had a varied content of activities and got to know daily running of the farm.
During their visit in Prague they also attend a several excursions that complement their practical education. E.g one of these excursions was held in the National Museum of Agriculture. A great success had “Laboratory of silence” exhibition, which provides visitors a microcosm of forest flora by using the latest technologies and which won the 2015 EXPO in Milan.
Students evaluated their experiences from Prague generally positive, especially the excursions and their free time. They said: “We are leaving enriched by many new experiences of work and personal character”.
European development agency provided a five-week internship for students of Fashion and design from Italian high school Comune di Casapula. Ten students tried to work in the fashion industry in Prague. They were placed in the design and clothing boutiques and tried activities such as designing clothes and accessories, sewing and mending clothes and upcycling and recycling the clothes in practice.
During the visit they also attend a several excursions, e.g. very popular was Andy Warhol´s exhibition in the Gallery of Art Prague. These excursions were selected especially to draw the inspiration for students´ creative work.
Students evaluated their experiences from Prague generally positive, especially the beauty of the City of Prague and care staff of the European development agency, who provided tours and logistical support during their entire visit.
At the turn of September and October 2016, the mobility of 17 Polish students held in Prague in the framework of the project Mobile mechanic on the European market financed by the European Social Fund, Operational Programme Research, development and education. Thanks to ERA there were involved also two high schools from Czech Republic, Střední škola technická Zelený Pruh and Střední průmyslová škola dopravní a.s., which hosted students of Motor vehicles, ships and aircraft from Marshal Jozef Pilsufski Schools in Szcuczyn, Poland.
The aim of this project was to gain work experiences in high qualified companies of the automotive industry in Czech market, acquisition of new skills related to the profession and deepening the knowledge acquired in school. Sub-objective was also improving language skills, especially English. In addition, Polish students participating in the project acquainted with the culture and traditions in the Czech Republic.
During the three-month mobility they attended practical internships in car services and rich culture program with Prague and Kutná Hora sightseeing, which the European development agency had prepared to them.
The European development agency would like to continue in cooperation with the mediator of this project. They already plan another educational mobility for Polish teachers at the beginning of 2017. There the teachers will be supposed to attend job shadowing in Czech schools and gain experiences of the real teaching at a foreign school in practice.
At the turn of January and February 2017, the European Development Agency organised a mobility of 10 Polish teachers was held in Prague within the framework of the Erasmus + program.
Read more about this successful project here.
BICY project was aimed at the working out and promotion of the sustainable model of mobility in Central Europe by diffusion of bicycles, the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transport. The Partnership’s objectives embrace several main components: development of a coherent and integrated urban-regional bike planning, promotion the image of bicycle as a key complement of public transport, a modern and ecological means of transportation, generating of exchange of approaches and experiences between the partners and establishment of common indicators.
The project involved 11 partners from 7 countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Slovenia) representing a balanced mixture of public authorities and transport research institutions. It was co-financed by the Central Europe Programme and the European Regional Development Fund.
THEY.EA (Towards Higher Employability of Youth. European Approach was a project to support youth employability by raising awareness about the European opportunities for NEETs. More information here.
ELMI (Enhancing Labour Market Integration of elderly family carers through skills Improving) was a project that supported elderly family carers by offering them an on-line training course to help them developing their skills, better facing this challenging role and becoming professional carers. More information here.
GYMSEN aimed at maintenance of sensory capacities for the elderly with the consequences for the improvement of their wellness and quality of life. More information here.
The project’s aim was to develop, experiment and model solutions for use of 3D printers applied to the teaching of STEM subjects. More information here.