BADGES kick-off meeting in Kassel

On November 8. and 9. the BADGES consortium met for the first time in Kassel.

BADGES sets out to develop a learning and validation approach for cultural and heritage sites that leads to the award of digital badges to visitors who participate in specific learning activities offered by the sites.

The consortium unites heritage sites and public institutions who wish to make additional offers to their visitors, public relations agencies and learning concept developers specialised in validation of non-formal and informal learning (VINFL).

LISTEN survey results

The LISTEN survey focused on assessing the status storytelling has among adult educators. It asked for interests and experiences with storytelling applied in educational contexts and expored the learning needs of the target groups addressed. Another topic we asked for was in how far the idea to use radio as medium to give refugees a voice is perceived suitable and attractive to be applied with refugees.

The results show that storytelling is far more wide spread as method of education than one would initially think. Also there is great appreciation and motivation of educators to learn more about the LISTEN approach.

A summary of the results can be viewed here: LISTEN_summary survey results.

REST – Meeting enterprises in Kassel

On 31.08.17 the Landkreis Kassel invited representatives of regional enterprises for an after-work event, where the REST idea was presented and discussed. The CEO of on regional enterprise gave an interesting insight on how he succeeded in overcoming initital challenges such as language problems, legal issues and fear. He underlined that one needs some additional time and patience at the beginning of the process but that it can be very rewarding to give a refugee the chance to work in an enterprise.

What is EYE

It’s time for an update.

EYE is short for “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs”, a European funded exchange programme for entrepreneurs.

In order to support entrepreneurial diversity and synergy in Europe the European Commission funds exchanges between entrepreneurs. New entrepreneurs (NE) have the opportunity to work over a period of 1 month up to 6 months with an experienced host entrepreneur (HE) in another European country. Both parts benefit of the exchange discussing their business ideas, sharing best practice examples and contacts. In a nutshell: They get a fantastic chance to learn from each other.

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LISTEN – Survey on storystelling

“Storytelling is understood to be live oral telling of stories, engaging directly with listeners to create a shared experience. Storying … is one of the most fundamental ways of making meaning and thus pervades all aspects of learning, regardless of age.” (M. Hamilton and M. Weiss, 2005)

The LISTEN team has launched a survey about storytelling as method in education, especially for working with refugees and other involuntary migrants. Your answers will help us to define the needs of educators and care takers as a basis for our work in this project. Find the survey in all partner languages here.

SASSI … and the winners are

During the final conference of the SASSI project, held on 18 May and hosted by Drenthe College in Meppel, two organizations have been awarded the SASSI award. These are: Leer Werk Centrum from the Netherlands and Vzdelávací inštitút COOP from Slovakia. Both showed their strong commitment in applying workforce development initiatives for older workers.

REST – Your experience with employing refugees and migrants

REST (Refugee Employment Support and Training)  is a European project aiming at enhancing competences in enterprises and organisations to employ and to successfully interact with refugees. REST intends to support employers, human resources managers, in-company trainers and supervisors when it comes to the employment, integration and in-house training of refugees.

At this stage we would like to gather experience with and ideas on possible barriers for employing refugees. For this purpose we have set up a multilingual survey that won’t take you more than 5 minutes. Please find the survey here.

EELLSS – Save the date!

The EELLSS consortium will organise a final event on October 5th and 6th, 2017, in Kassel. The two-day event will bring together all partners and all those teachers and students that have been involved in the learning projects. The event will take place in the German partner school Wilhelmsgymnasium on day 1 and in the premises of the Landkreis Kassel on day 2. We will organise a fair where partner school will present their learning projects and findings. We will soon publish the agenda here.

Exernal guests are very much welcome!

REST – Survey: Which are the challenges that enterprises face

… when employing refugees?

The partnership is currrently trying to find answers to this and other questions. For this purpose an online survey was set up and a series of interviews will be conducted with enterprises in all partner regions. Also, the partnership tries to identify examples of good practice for the successful integration of refugees into enterprises.
If you are interested and want to participate, benefit and support us on different levels, you can:

We are looking forward to hearing from you!