I-CARE – 80 Interviews with representatives of the third sector

In the last few months the project partners of the I-CARE project interviewed almost 80 professionals from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy and Greece. The purpose of these interviews was to find answers, among others, to the following qustions:

  • Which intercultural competences are needed in the social and healthcare sector today?
  • What kind of difficulties do social and healthcare workers face daily when dealing with cultural diversity amongst patients?
  • What are the most important areas to learn about in terms of working in a multicultural environment?

The I-CARE project wants to address these important questions, and the first step to gaining a better understand of the context is to listen to the people directly involved.
This precious group of interviewees included people of all ages (from 24 to 71 years old), mainly females, operating with vulnerable groups/migrant populations in the social and healthcare sector: nurses, caregivers, medical assistants, adult care social workers, occupational therapists, social pedagogues, educators, psychologists, teachers and counsellors in care educations, volunteers, home helpers, managers of nursing homes and many more.
A great effort, during the COVID-19 pandemic and its containment measures, that has given important results and information to the project staff to proceed with their work on the next actions!

Data Literacy – Survey

Datalit – A joint research project to spread Data Literacy at the interface of higher education and business

At present, the project consortium is investigating what a data literate person should know and be able to do, not only as an employee, but also as an active citizen.
For this purpose, the partners have set up a survey to collect different type of experience with Data Literacy as an approach that improves the competences of employees, students or trainees. The questionnaire addresses teachers, trainers, learning facilitators in various educational fields as well as representatives of enterprises, NGOs, public entities etc.

The short questionnaire will only take 10 minutes of your time and your participation is completely anonymous.

Webinars – Valuing competences in volunteering

Our JOB BRIDGE project is heavily affected by the corona crisis. Normally, all partners would currently carry out pilot projects to implement the JOB BRIDGE approach to validate the competences acquired in volunteering. Most of our planned pilot projects had to be suspended. And of course, we are not the only ones affected!

How do volunteers cope with the COVID crisis? What do they learn in volunteering? How to value the competences that they acquire?

Find the answers by registering* to three Webinars organised by our Belgian project partner LLLPlatform!

*Registrations are compulsory in order to get the Zoom link.

During the webinar on 16th June an input on the effects for the JOB BRIDGE project will be given.

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More information and registrations here:bit.ly/2MryhH2

Savvy Volunteer – Earn a badge!

Do you do any volunteer work?
Then let this voluntary commitment be recognised by a European digital badge.

Your voluntary activities make a relevant contribution to your personal development. You will build new relationships and acquire a whole range of life skills which you may be able to use in the labour market at a later stage. Continue reading

Three things against fake news

We reported on the training course carried out in February 2020 in Göttingen by the partners of the No Alternative Facts project. Unfortunately, participation in the course was limited to the partner organisations. But we are happy to say that all elements developed by the partnership will be made available to all interested parties through the No Alternative Facts Platform. On the platform you can find three things aimed to promote critical digital literacy:

  1. The No Alternative Facts Gamification Environment
  2. The No Alternative Facts Toolbox of Resources
  3. The No Alternative Facts Modular Learning Programme

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DATALIT – Data Literacy

Nowadays data literacy is widely considered a critical skill to have in the 21st century. It can be defined as the ability to read, work with, analyse, and argue with data, in order to derive meaningful information and knowledge. In the data economy, making sense of data is no longer a must-have skill for data scientist or technology experts only, but it is becoming an essential ability for all workers and a competence that facilitates their employability.

Despite its relevance in labour market and society in general, data analysis is still not included in many university courses, as it is usually part of computer science, engineering and math courses’ curricula

The project DATALIT aims at:

  • Offering to university students across different Faculties, the opportunity to reach a suitable level of data knowledge that they can use and apply appropriately and diversely throughout their personal and professional lives, and possibly to use as sound basis for further and more specialised training in data literacy and science.
  • Narrowing the gap between business and academia and to put European enterprises in direct contact with potential future employees or business partners properly trained to understand and exploit data effectively.

To reach these objectives, the project aims at laying the ground for the integration of data literacy as transversal topic in potentially all university courses, by identifying and developing common syllabus and innovative teaching and learning approaches

  • 12/2019– 11/2021
  • Co-funded by the European Commission through Erasmus+
  • Consortium of 14 partners from 4 Programme EU Countries (Italy, Germany, Portugal, Lithuania), 1 Non-EU Programme Country (Serbia) and 1 Partner Country from Western Balkans (Albania)
  • project website: https://datalit.pa.itd.cnr.it/en/https://datalit.pa.itd.cnr.it/en/

LEVEL5 and No Alternative Facts

Also in the framework of the No Alternative Facts project we will make use of LEVEL5 – our validation system that has been developed and used in many different projects and learning settings to validate social, personal and organisational competence acquired in non-formal and informal learning. In the context of the project involved trainers will be able to assess and document the development of their competence in terms of promoting critical digital literacy among their learners and managing required changes. Continue reading

I-CARE – Ready for an interview?

The project partners are currently searching for interview partners that would be ready to share their experience and expertise in terms of intercultural care in the social and healthcare sector. Specifically, we are interested in finding out how the sitution actually looks like in practice: are there sufficient offers on intercultural topics, do employees feel secure in this area, what are the challenges, what are the benefits of intercultural teams on the one hand and interculturally trained personnel on the other hand? The interviews will help us to define the need of intercultural competences in the social and healthcare sector and develop training and services that respond to this need.
If you work in the social and healthcare sector or are involved in training please send us an e-mail to info@bupnet.eu

SASSI – Learning projects

Currently, all partners are implementing a learning project related to any of the course topics to apply in practice the newly aquired knowledge … and maybe to bring about change in the corporate culture.
Currently, in BUPNET we look at how we can make our own further education more innovative by including mobility – also abroad – as an option. We are fortunate enough to have funds available for this. So it will be “off to Europe”.
If you are interested in exploring innovative work experience incl. mobility as a means to update competences or to discover new ones, you should check on our SASSI Hub.