The EYES project is finally coming to its conclusion
What remains of this experience?

EYES (Enlarging Youth Entrepreneurial Spirits) is an international project co-financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme; the project is implemented and developed by six organisations from six countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Spain & Sweden) sharing the ultimate aim to support professionals in vocational training and integration in changing their teaching practices, to promote the development of a collective entrepreneurial culture and democratic values among young people.
After more than 2 years of close collaboration, partners are finally ready to declare the official conclusion of the project. Despite COVID outbreak, the partnership demonstrates great sense of resilience and endurance, bringing the conclusion the foreseen activates without prejudice the quality of deliverables and overall performance.
The project concludes in June 2022, with a formative assessment by all partners of impact and longterm sustainability. Looking back, all participating organisations managed to collect and compile very interesting results that will further sustain the international entrepreneurial VET ecosystem in advancing innovative coaching and mentoring methods for business and entrepreneurial literacy.
All resources are available via the official e-learning platform of the project:
http://eyes-project.eu/

Beginning of Capacity Building in BLOSSOM

11 May2022

ESSEI and Katabba started the online training on Erasmus and European projects. The training consists of 10 online meetings, in which the trainers of ESSEI will explain to the staff of the cultural association Katabba how the Erasmus programme works.

The aim of this activity is to make the staff of Katabba aware of the possibilities offered by the Erasmus programme for small cultural association. The Capacity Building will help also ESSEI and Katabba to start drafting the handbook for small organizations and the internationalisation strategy of Katabba. These two documents are the main tangible outputs of the BLOSSOM project.

ESSEI is officially an Associated Partner of the Fairfood Project

ESSEI is very proud to be Associated Partner of the Fairfood Project, funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus + Programme.

https://www.fairfoodproject.eu/associates.php?lang=EN

The aim of Fairfood is to contribute to the improvement of health through a nutritional education inspired by the rich European gastronomic culture, which counts on the Mediterranean diet, an intangible heritage of humanity. To preserve the European culinary cultural heritage and to stop climate change, it is necessary to promote the way our ancestors ate, with natural products, typical of the territory, treated in a simple way and consumed in its season.

To reach this objective the Consortium has developed  a training course with 5 Modules divided in 2 level (Basic and Advanced)

  • Module 1. General issues on healthy and low environmental impact foods
  • Module 2. Typical local products and varieties
  • Module 3. Traditional food preservation/conservation techniques
  • Module 4. Food elaboration/consumption techniques
  • Module 5. Traditional, local and heritage related recipes

The training is available online and it is ready for the Test&Validation phase. Each trainer adopting the Fairfood course or each student attending it, can leave a feedback on the website to help partners to fine-tune the contents and to provide an high quality training. 

To learn more:

Fairfood website: https://www.fairfoodproject.eu/index.php?lang=EN

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fairfoodproject/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FairFoodUMA

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvuB6HIKzy2aaiobV5c73lA/?guided_help_flow=5  

The EYES Methodological Guide for Trainers:
An introduction to Cooperative Learning

EYES (Enlarging Youth Entrepreneurial Spirits) is an international project co-financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme; the project is implemented and developed by six organisations from six countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Spain & Sweden) sharing the ultimate aim to support professionals in vocational training and integration in changing their teaching practices, to promote the development of a collective entrepreneurial culture and democratic values among young people.

One of the key output of this project is represented by the so-defined Methodological Guide for Trainers, a formal repository available to the EU VET ecosystem at large of good practices, recommendations, DOs and DON’Ts stemming from the project to better help professional of entrepreneurial training in readapting their tools and techniques for business education.

The Methodological Guide compile all EYES training tools with detailed explanations of key delivery means to enhance the learning experience of students. In that sense, the Guide represent as well the digital legacy of the project with the intention to train-the-trainers on what are the most effective coaching means for aspiring young entrepreneurs as stemming from the EYES’ experience.

The Guide is integrated with practical recommendations for mentoring of young students collected by partners during implementation of the EYES’ piloting cycles, which involved +100 at international level across Europe.

The reliability and robustness of these guidelines benefits from the fact that they include
contributions from all partners, widening the potential implications the document might have for users and targets. Moreover, the Methodology embrace the implementation of the project as a whole, diversifying the scale of key takeaways users might extrapolate from it.

Core elements of the Methodology is most certainly represented by its usability and accessibility. In the view of partners, its content is designed to be as facilitating as possible of new, innovative and needs-based initiatives that might potentially operate in the same scope of the EYES project – regardless of the specific geographical context.

Along with trans-nationality and innovativeness, a key element of centralised funds’ projects is represented indeed by transferability. By compiling the Methodology, partners will give access to the general cohort of VET providers and practitioners to precious background insights into the project that otherwise would not be of public disclosure.

A detailed ratio of the project and the pathways that lead to EYES’ results and impacts are all included in the Methodology. With that, stakeholders and groups of interest orbiting around the entrepreneurial VET ecosystem will have at their full disposal all the elements they need to implement within their local context – or in international environments – EYES-like initiatives that in turn contributes to the long-term sustainability and multiplier effect of the project.

To know more about the project and available resources, please visit: www.eyes-project.eu

Logo of the BLOSSOM project!

15 April 2022

The cultural association and ESSEI have elaborated the project logo of BLOSSOM.

BLOSSOM (Building Learning Opportunities to Support Small Organisations for Multiculturalism) is an Erasmus Small scale project aiming to support organizations in geographical disadvantage to participate in international projects. 

BLOSSOM project kick-off meeting

8 March 2022

The first meeting of the Erasmus project “Building learning opportunities to support small organisations for multiculturalism” (BLOSSOM) has just ended. This meeting was attended by representatives of the associations Katabba and ESSEI, the two organisations involved in the project, and the mayor of the municipality of Monforte San Giorgio.

During the project meeting, partners discussed which activities are to be carried out in the coming weeks for the implementation of the BLOSSOM project. After a series of online training activities to be held in April and May, in June trainers from the Belgian ESSEI organisation will visit Monforte San Giorgio in an operational mission in which the municipality of Monforte San Giorgio and the local community will be actively involved.

Thanks to the support of the European Commission and the Erasmus programme, the Katabba association will be able to strengthen its operational capacities in order to collaborate with other organisations at European level and be an active player in transnational cultural initiatives.

Further resources for the replicability of the EYES project:

The EntreComp Playbook

EYES (Enlarging Youth Entrepreneurial Spirits) is an international project co-financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme; the project is implemented and developed by six organisations from six countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Spain & Sweden) sharing the ultimate aim to support professionals in vocational training and integration in changing their teaching practices, to promote the development of a collective entrepreneurial culture and democratic values among young people.

To handle the design of the training programme and to set-up the expected learning outcomes (the so called “EYES REPOSITORY”), the Strategic Partnership relied on the EntreComp Framework, the official model promoted by the European Commission as a reference paradigm for teaching, coaching and educating on entrepreneurial competences.

To date, the EntreComp Framework is still the most valuable reference for entrepreneurial education, and it is conceived to be feasible and “exploitable” for all potential targets (Adult Learners as well as High Scholl students). Partners went through the Framework and made use of the 59 learning outcomes that are described on the intermediate / lower level of the model itself – in compliance with Level 3 of the EQF, the most appropriate to address EYES’ target group.

Recently, the Joint Research Centre from the European Commission published also the third official EntreComp’s follow-up: EntreComp Playbook, a resource that is extremely useful for EYES’ users and VET professionals addressed by the project.

Professionals in the domain of entrepreneurial education that wish to rely on our training material to enrich and diversify their training offer can rely on the EntreComp Playbook the design their overall piloting strategies…

All training material developed by partners is available for free at: https://eyesmodules.eu/

Vocational education and training for your aspiring entrepreneurs:
The piloting of EYES’ curricula

EYES (Enlarging Youth Entrepreneurial Spirits) is an international project co-financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme; the project is implemented and developed by six organisations from six countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France,
Germany, Spain & Sweden) sharing the ultimate aim to support professionals in vocational training and integration in changing their teaching practices, to promote the development of a collective entrepreneurial culture and democratic values among young people.

The training framework of the EYES project stems from the EntreComp Framework, the official model promoted by the European Commission as a reference paradigm for teaching, coaching and educating on entrepreneurial competences.

To date, the EntreComp is still the most valuable reference for entrepreneurial education, and it is conceived to be feasible and “exploitable” for all potential targets (Adult Learners as well as High Scholl students). Partners went through the Framework and made use of the 59 learning outcomes that are described on the intermediate / lower level of the model itself – in compliance with Level 3 of the EQF, the most appropriate to address EYES’ target group.

During the last cycle of project implementation, partners gathered together a cohort of 10 young students (i.e., fresh graduates, aspiring your entrepreneurs, etc.) to pilot the EYES training framework: a precious opportunity to test and validate its pedagogical accuracy and educational reliability overall.

The official launch of the piloting sessions has been anticipated by the discussion and sharing among partners of a detailed implementation plan, intended to ease the operationalisation of testing activities at consortium level, while providing for overall
guidance. Thanks to that, partners could rely on a common reference detailing:
– Scale and scope of piloting activates
– General structures of the events
– Key learning outcomes expected from the training session
– Share of roles and responsibilities among partners (i.e., which partner delivers which training module)
– Additional tips for coaching of young aspiring entrepreneurs
– Means for the assessment of learners’ satisfaction and reporting

Upon compliance with few essential common denominators, each partner was free to rely on whatever training format envisioned by their internal coaching and training staff as the most suitable to engage, retain and empower learners.

Each participating organisation piloted their and one of their project colleagues’ module, so as to diversify the content and of the sessions, and make sure that the whole EYES curricula was covered. Depending on the opportunity, partners implemented the piloting
both in online and offline settings following a calendar scheduled together with participants.

The second implementation cycle of the piloting foreseen a series of 1-on-1 coaching sessions with students selected form the general which have demonstrated during the training period a strong, robust and deep predisposition to pursue an entrepreneurial career.

Coaching session have been tailored by the training staff of partners on the specific “business” needs of participants, with narrowed focus on what opportunities, threats, weaknesses and strengths seems stemming from their prototype of entrepreneurial idea:
coaches helped students in preparing a beta-version of business plan, guiding them on how to pitch their idea, identify further ways to improve / enhance their business acumen, management literacy and overall sense of initiative, and all in all, to keep on pursuing
their entrepreneurial interests.

On a topic level, highlights of the coaching sessions were:

  1. Outline of the business idea, very brief presentation of the needs/opportunities addressed
  2. The actual presentation of the business offer (service and/or product).
  3. Communication, Advertising and Marketing (i.e., Marketing Mix)
  4. Essentials of Project Management
  5. Estimation of Cost structure and Revenue Streams (i.e., Budgeting)

    Reaction among participants were extremely grateful, these events represented for the training staff of partner a vivid opportunity to see and experience in first hand brilliant entrepreneurial minds in-the-making, nurturing in them great expectations for the future…

    Takeaways have been collected by trainers for internal reporting and will be compiled in the methodological guide for trainers: a formal deliverable of the project intended to ease and maximise the transferability, portability and scalability of EYES-like initiative
    across Europe by any other VET professional interested in capitalising on partners’ experience – what professionals of EU-founded projects recall as “Multiplier Effect”.

    To know more about the project and available resources, please visit: www.eyes-project.eu

SOS Creativity Empowering Seniors’ Digital Literacy

A training curricula designed to straighten EU Seniors’ proficiency with IT tools and digital skills

Since March 2021, the SOS Creativity’ strategic partnership – and international consortium represented by eight organisations from six Member States – is collaborating to develop new innovative solutions for the empowerment of seniors’ ICT skills and proficiency with digital means as a new concrete way to support their active citizenship and socio-economic inclusion.

SOS Creativity is tailored to provide for easy-to-assess and ready-to-use capacity building material that can help targets in acquiring new knowledge and competences to browse the web safely, effectively and efficiently. 

The overall outline of the training curricula looks into the following learning outcomes:

  • Cultural and Media Literacy which is the ability to identify and use different types of online cultural resources, creativity tools and media.
  • Personal data protection which will provide end-users with effective tools, guidelines, clear explanation to protect and promote the safeguarding of the personal data and rights of Data Subjects when surfing the Net, using cultural contents, from mobiles or laptop or using apps.
  • Economic Transactions which will provide end-users with strategies to preserve them when performing an economic transaction online and make them aware of potential risks and unclassified attacks on their computer and other digital devices.
  • Online security which will develop core concepts needed to assess, and protect information security systems to make late digitals aware of the potential scams of fraud they could meet on the web while using or searching for cultural resources.
  • Digital Identity and online reputation which will provide does and don’ts.

These five dimensions, touch base with skills gaps identified throughout implementation of an in-depth analysis carried out with the aim to consolidate the most critical areas of intervention and needs to be addressed.

Moreover, relevant to mention is also the fact that the SOS Creativity’s curricula is consist and coherent with key digital competences as identified by DigComp 2.1, the official framework developed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission for EU citizens’ education and training on digital skills.

DigComp 2.1 lists 21 competences, distributed across five training areas of reference:

  1. Information & Data literacy
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Digital Content Creation
  4. Safety
  5. Problem Solving

SOS Creativity’s curricula stems and takes inspiration from all of these five areas, but relates very closely in particular to 1, 2 and 3, as representing the very essentials for the scale and scope of the overall project.

To remain updated with our progresses, please feel free to visit the official project’s website: https://www.soscreativity.eu

BLOSSOM project approved!

10 January 2022

ESSEI is a partner in the European project BLOSSOM (Building Learning Opportunities to Support Small Organisations for Multiculturalism), coordinated by the cultural association Katabba.

This project is funded by the Erasmus programme, the European Union’s education, sport and culture programme, in the small-scale partnerships action.

The BLOSSOM project aims to strengthen the operational capacities of the Katabba association in order to be able to collaborate with other organisations on a European level and be an active player in transnational cultural initiatives.

The BLOSSOM project includes the implementation of online and on-site training courses (both in Monforte San Giorgio and in Brussels), the elaboration of a guide for small associations wishing to operate at European level and the internationalisation strategy of the Katabba association.