VEforCA at the Job Fair
We are one of the exhibitors at the Local Job and Vocational Education Fair.
During the event we will be talking about our project “VEforCa – What vocational education can do for climate action”.
You are welcome to stop by our booth to see how much you know about ecology and if your actions are actually eco.
You will also learn what actions companies and organizations should take to make their work eco-friendly. This is one of the most in-demand skills on the job market recently, and “sustainability manager” is one of the most widely advertised positions in job listings.
See you on December 5, 2023 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Targi Lublin hall, Dworcowa 11 in Lublin.
DZIEŃ OTWARTY W RAMACH ERASMUS DAYS
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man” – these are the words of Albert Einstein, which prove how important a role bees play in the ecosystem. There is a reason why bees have been officially recognized as the most important creatures on the planet.
Bees play a key role in the entire ecological system, and their importance to the environment is invaluable, as the honeybee’s contribution to the pollination of flowers is about 90%. They are the main pollinators, without which the balance of the ecosystem would be completely disrupted. Pollination of plants by insects is one of the key ways of preserving biodiversity – so it is the bees that a huge number of plant species, as well as animals that feed on seeds and fruits, depend on.
In recent years, the number of insects involved in pollination has decreased significantly as a result of widely used plant protection products. In addition, the crops of plants that provide long-term benefits for bees and other beneficial insects have disappeared.
This is because bees belong to a group of organisms considered bio-indicators – they allow us to assess the level of environmental degradation. Due to the chemicalization of the countryside, organic bee keeping is becoming more and more common in the cities, where we can obtain honey from unsprayed plants. One of the most popular is the one on the roof of the Centrum Spotkania Kultur. It is also the largest urban apiary in Poland.
It was where the important role of bees was explored during the study visit by the Participants of the e-learning course of the project “What Vocational Education Can Do for Climate Action” (VEforCA) for VET staff, developed in the Polish-Italian cooperation of the “Fundusz Inicjatyw” Foundation with its Partner – Prometeo as part of the Erasmus+ project.
During the study visit, the Participants learned both theory and about obtaining bee products as well as their practical use.
Each participant had the opportunity to prepare a candle made of beeswax.
Within the framework of the project “What Vocational Education Can Do for Climate Action” (VEforCA) for VET staff, developed in the Polish-Italian cooperation of the “Fundusz Inicjatyw” Foundation with its partner Prometeo within the framework of the Erasmus+ project, an ecology lesson was prepared for the Participants of the E-learning Course. The ecology lesson was aimed at sharing the knowledge of the causes and effects of climate change, environmental and nature protection, and low-carbon economy, water and air quality issues, as well as information on greenwashing and sustainable development goals.
Participants were able to learn about, among other things:
How does climate change affect our health?
Why it is good to drink the water straight from the tap in Lublin?
Why is it important to properly segregate waste?
What animals will we soon no longer be able to meet?
What really is garbage?
What will happen to our planet in 2050?
A survey was also conducted to show whether the activities undertaken as part of the program actually affect people’s awareness and will allow them to change something in their daily habits.
We would like to thank the Participants for their involvement.
ONLINE MEETING OF VET COURSE PARTICIPANTS
Within the framework of the project “What Vocational Education Can Do for Climate Action” (VEforCA), the second session of the Erasmus+ E-learning Course for VET staff, developed in Polish-Italian cooperation between the “Fundusz Inicjatyw” Foundation and its partner Prometeo, took place.
Participants of the course are people associated with vocational education as trainers/trainers, career counselors/advisers, managers in vocational training, interested in environmental education and citizian science.
The e-learning course consisted of 5 modules:
- Module 1 Principles of non-formal and informal environmental education, and how to deliver it to VET learners – duration: 45-60 min.
- Module 2 Integrating individual responsibility and media literacy into environmental education – duration: 45-60 min.
- Module 3 Fostering engagement in environmental and climate action through citizen science – duration: 45-60 min.
- Module 4 Promoting networking and multi-stakeholder approaches to environmental engagement – duration: 45-60 min.
- Module 5 Designing participatory activities for the environment and climate at the local level – duration: 45-60 min..
During the online meeting, the project staff summarized the results of the course, asked about the Participants’ conclusions after the course, as well as answered the Participants’ questions.
Taking part in the e-learning course allowed Participants to:
- acquire the ability to correctly construct educational objectives related to competences,
- learn the principles of non-formal and informal education, including environmental education,
- understand the impact of environmental challenges, as well as the idea of active citizenship and advocacy for sustainable development,
- acquire knowledge about environmental education and citizen science,
- obtain a certificate confirming participation in the course.
The e-learning course also included a study visit with a stationary ecology lesson.
We thank the Participants for taking part in the meeting.
Second Transnational Project Meeting within project VEforCA.
As part of the VEforCA ecological project, an international meeting took place in Rome in May of this year, with two partners in attendance: the "Fundusz Inicjatyw" Foundation from Poland and Prometeo from Italy. The meeting focused on analyzing the progress of previous work and planning next steps. The partners carefully reviewed the progress made in previous activities and determined further actions. One of the key outcomes of the meeting was the decision to create a comprehensive guide and toolkit for ecological actions and sustainable development. These materials aim to provide practical guidelines and tools to support the promotion of ecological practices and sustainable development. The VEforCA project continues to make significant progress in spreading ecological awareness and promoting sustainable practices. We encourage you to stay updated on the latest developments and interesting events related to the project.
Newsletter of VEforCA project is now available on our webpage. In english version there is Newsletter in English and Italian version.
What can be done to better protect our environment? Is it profitable to engage in pro-ecological activities? Maybe this topic is quite new to you? All hands on deck!
Help us find solutions that will also enable the vocational education sector to become more involved in climate protection.
Fill out a short, anonymous survey.
It will take you no more than 4 minutes and the results will be a valuable source of knowledge for us in further work on the project “What vocational training can do for climate action” (VEforCA).
We especially invite PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH THE EDUCATION/TRAINING SECTOR, advisors, educators, as well as LEARNERS and PARENTS. Your feedback is important to us!
Link to the survey can also be found on the Foundation’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/funduszinicjatyw
*the survey is in Polish
First Transnational Project Meeting within project VEforCA.
On July 22nd this year, the first partnership meeting of the VEforCA (What Vocational Education can do for Climate Action) project took place in Lublin.
Together with our partners from Rome – Prometeo, we have organized project’s work. At first, we will carry out research (quantitative and qualitative) on possible ways of using the citizen science method for environmental protection. During the meeting, we defined research goals and methodology of work. The next steps in our project are the development of training on the possibility of using citizen science in VET institutions and the preparation of educational materials about ecology for us and for other institutions of the VET sector.
It was a very productive meeting. We exchanged many insights and developed specific tools for further cooperation in the project. If you want to know more about the project, please visit Facebook: