YEL at Žilina Model United Nations Conference
YEL at Žilina: The German delegation with the German ambassador Dr. Thomas Götz
YEL Luxemburg Conference 2015: YEL
Belgium Conference 2015: LIFE
YEL: Young European Leaders
YEL: Young European Leaders
Young European Leaders at Žilina Model United Nations Conference
20 - 26 April 2016
After one week of exciting discussions, interesting political debating and lots of fun, the Young European Leaders (YEL) project of ERASMUS + can be regarded as a real success story. The project supervisor, Mr. Imrich Milo, called it an “unteachable experience“. He explained that everyone, from organizational team members to delegates, is part of the big ZAMUN family and plays a crucial role for the extraordinary success the participants can witness during ZAMUN every year in Žilina.
The coordinating school Gymnasium Bilingválne in Žilina (Slovakia) had invited the partner schools of the project Schildin Lukio Jyväskylä (Finland), Institution Saint Jude Armentières (France), Wittekind Gymnasium Lübbecke (Germany), Lycée Michel Rodange Luxembourg (Luxembourg) and IES Miguel Catalán, Zaragoza (Spain). As a network of funded ERASMUS PLUS schools rooted in the Europroject Education without Frontiers they all started their preparatory project work in September 2016 by establishing debating clubs at their schools at home. These clubs are aimed at Yong European leaders (YEL) to improve their communication and IT skills in thw world as a “global village”.
By the simulation of life debates at school, digital exchange via twinspace, the EU platform for the exchange of best practice, and by attending nationals Model United Nations, the students enriched their political way of thinking and their communication skills in formal debating. Apart from that, their ability of negotiation, compromising and cooperation in national and multi-linguistic settings could be developed. In addition to these general objectives, the clubs of Young European Leaders deepened their political background knowledge on the major international issues in a global world, such as climate change and terrorism as major challenges of our life.
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LIFE: Linking Interests For Europe
LIFE: Linking Interests For Europe
Kick-off meeting LIFE at Óscar Romerocollege in Dendermonde in Belgium
23 - 29 October 2015
The kick-off conference for our new Erasmus+ project LIFE took place at Heilige Maagdcollege in Dendermonde, Belgium. Two teachers and six students from each of the other participating schools in Italy, Portugal and Germany spent one week in Belgium which marked the starting-point of the two year project. From October 23rd till October 29th the teachers discussed and planned the needs and the coming tasks and conferences while the students took part in various workshops dealing, for example, with business and marketing strategies.
The project aims at supporting the implementation of an inter-disciplinary approach, which gives the students of the four countries vocational orientation on a European level by organising two company-visits during each of the conferences. Students will get real life insight into local companies in their hometowns as well as abroad. The companies will be promoted by the students in the final business-fairs organised at each school in 2017 so that both partners of the project will profit from this process. Thus the interests of students, schools and companies are linked and the chances of employment for our students will increase. The project's aim is also to open new markets for the participating companies and innovate our teaching methods.
Concluding this project prepares the students of general secondary education in a vocational way and on a European level, which is a missing element in the curricula of all participating schools.
In Dendermonde the participants had the chance to get insight into the world's largest chocolate factory Barry Callebaut and into the small but very successful brewery Vicaris. During those visits the students gathered a lot of information, videos and photos of the two companies which they used after the visits to create brochures and even a commercial about one of the companies. Besides that, the Belgian colleagues organised study-visits to the European Commission in Brussels and to Gent.
The next conferences will take place in Portugal (April 25th till May 1st 2016) and in Italy (November 6th till 12th 2016). The last transnational meeting will be in Germany (March 5th till 11th 2017) and after each country has organised their final fairs or exhibitions a transnational project meeting will take place at one of the four schools.
We would like to thank the Belgian school, teachers and host families for making this conference a truly LIFE-changing experience for all participants.
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BELGIUM - Steering Group meeting in Dendermonde The organizers of the last EON conference, Marisé Lacleta and Angel Fenero discussed their program of the final EON conference in Zaragoza together with the members of the Steering Committee. The teachers' and the students' program were laid down and the future with Erasmus+ was talked about. We are all looking forward to an interesting conference in Spain. Our great thanks goes to Mr. Hans Vanhulle, our president, who again has hosted us in an absolutely extraordinary way.
G. Latzke (Gen. Secretary)
AUSTRIA - Our Austrian partner school BRG19 is organising a Master Class "Science" in Vienna from April 26th to April 30th, 2015. The topic is "WATER" and there will be guided tours of the Viennese sewage system and visits to two main water power plants in Vienna. The organising team of BRG19 is looking forward to their guests from the partner schools. Click here for more information.
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