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Newsletter - Spring 2015

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QUOTS: Qualifying on the Spot - supported by European funding (2008-2010)

The partnership consisted of organisations representing Finland, Netherlands, Spain & UK (Minster), all active in either academic, or private sector,  in implementing recognition of non-formal and informal learning. They all wanted to provide tailor made education to fill the gap between the acquired competences and the required competences.

All partners have an extended network with companies. Selected companies took part in the activities of the project.

The main objectives were: 

  • To improve the quality of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) by using existing European guidelines (e.g. European Guidelines on Validation Of Non-formal and Informal Learning, 2007) and other instruments ( Quality Code APL, NL2007, EQF).
  • To improve the quality of communication and cooperation with (SME) companies in order to increase the number of persons using APL and achieve a higher quality in the tailor made training

The main outcome was to strengthen organisations working on achieving the Lisbon goals and provide Life Long Learning for workers and unemployed persons.

The  tangible output was the the project website with all the results: presentations; reports on the studies, test results, implementation strategies, tools and good practices. Also the improvements made in each organisation in the 2 years of the project. (http://quots.eu)

ESMV: (Exercises to Stimulate Motivation in Volunteering (2011-2013)

All over Europe more than ten million people define themselves as social volunteers.  The partners of ESMV aimed to motivate volunteers to activate their own organizations as well as connecting with external volunteer organizations of different legal status, to stimulate volunteers by the cascade effect to become even more involved in supporting children or elders with different impairments and their families in an inclusive society.

ESMV association wanted to improve understanding of the inner motivation of volunteers. Through analysing, first, by an enquiry the reasons that people become volunteers. The starting hypothesis was that motivation, a force that directs behaviour towards a goal, could be the same considering that the partners are living and working in different social and religious background: Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican and Muslims. 

Secondly, we endeavoured to improve volunteer´s motivation by designing and collecting practical exercises and games that will try to increase self-esteem, self-knowledge and self-confidence. With these exercises ESMV has encouraged the volunteer to discover and develop new competences, new challenges, new ways of life by helping others. ESMV has focussed on adult volunteer teachers and trainees to help to improvement in social disadvantaged families.

We adapted a questionnaire and obtained 1.423 respondents. This was done at the same time in the five countries and we encouraged responses both verbally, by focus group and by remote email response. This use of ICT was the only way the partnership could economically afford to make the enquiry, although being conscious of the limited sociological value could be obtained by it, the partners wanted to check their hypothesis. 

The exercises and games to increase motivation were devised by the partners and their collaborators, tested by each institution and presented during the international meetings, some being tested by the end-user beneficiaries.

ESMV association has endeavoured to be both practical and very expansive. Expansive in the number of partners: we are from 5 different countries, as well as in the number of mobility’s: we have undertaken 65 motilities and in the number of respondents to the enquiry :1.423. The results of meetings were practical in their orientation; in the production and testing of exercises and plays for volunteers, and very generous with the outcomes

ESMV partnership is composed by five different type of organisations all of them united by a common characteristic: all institutions are dealing with volunteers. They are: the Coordinator Fundacion Belen from Spain, and as partners University Hacettepe from Turkey, Minster Development Centre from UK, Arvar Association from Romania and National Association of Folk Schools in Lithuania. All the partners are committed to the improvement of the inner motivation of their volunteers.

Presently preparing 16 EU projects on:

  • Mentoring
  • Issues of the Senior Citizens +55
  • Equality Between Genders
  • Rights & Humanities
  • Co-operative Networking (Europe to the Rest of the World)
  • Strategies for Volunteers
  • Senior Volunteering
  • Rural Tastes of Europe
  • European Model on Culture & Heritage
  • Youth in Action
  • Volunteering for Society
  • Digital Natives
  • Co-operative of English Language Teachers
  • E-Manual for Tourist Guides
  • Co-operatives for Women in Business
  • Active Citizenship
  • Experiential Learning
  • Raising the professional standards for Day Care providers

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