Since April 2016 CLAYSS has been supporting partners in different countries in Central and Eastern Europe through training, facilitation, design of bibliography specific to the region, technical assistance to promote service-learning at a regional level. Since these activities began, partners involved have been meeting online and onsite to promote exchange, mutual understanding and mutual learning, understanding that cooperation among key actors provides support and makes service-learning in the region stronger. The Central and Eastern European Service-Learning Network has developed Regional Service-Learning Weeks in different cities around the region and is now in the process of designing a Regional Service-Learning Award to be launched in 2020.
2nd International Service-Learning Conference in Cluj Napoca:
Co-organized by CLAYSS, Transylvania College, New Horizons Foundation and Babes Bolyai University, on behalf of the Central and Eastern European Service-Learning Network.
Training of trainers: July 2-3 Facilitated by CLAYSS professionals together with MIOS Tuzla (Bosnia Herzegovina) for 23 teachers from Romania and Kosovo.
Visit to developing projects: July 4. In Cluj Napoca and the rural area of Marisel with an international team of 20 participants from various countries in the region (Romania, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo).
2nd Regional Service-Learning Conference: July 5. 130 people from 11 countries participated: Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia Herzegovina, Austria, Great Britain, Slovakia, Montenegro, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and Romania. Keynote speaker: Roser Batlle from the Spanish Service-Learning Network.
Meeting of the CEE SL Network: July 6. and Attended by the following organisations: Genesis Project (Bosnia Herzegovina), MIOS (Bosnia Herzegovina), New Horizons Foundation (Romania), Transylvania College (Romania), Municipality (Albania), Mary Ward Loreto Foundation (Albania), Forum MNE (Montenegro), Matej Bel University (Slovakia), TOKA (Kosovo), Kolping Serbia (Serbia), CLAYSS (Argentina).
1st International Service Learning Conference in Sarajevo:
Co-organized by CLAYSS and MU "Interaktivne otvorene škole", on behalf of the Central and Eastern European
Service-Learning Network, the Conference was attended by around 100 educators, including the following countries: Albania, Kosovo, Romania, Croatia, Slovakia, Montenegro, Turkey, Slovenia, Macedonia, Poland, Bosnia i Herzegovina, Germany, and above all to the profile of participants was added a large number of teachers from all levels of education.
There were 33 participants in the training for trainers, also from all kinds of institutions (NGOs, schools, universities, and a member of the government of the Ministry of Education of a Bosnian Canton).
The objective of the conference was to disseminate SL, the experience of the region and the world and to share real practice by facilitating exchanges around the world. The Conference was designed with morning plenary presentations and concurrent panels in the afternoon.
The Erasmus+ project mostly led by educators who participated in CLAYSS´ online course and meeting in Vienna. Erasmus+ project is now in the process of developing training materials and resources to train Higher Education teachers on how to work in SL projects in Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Czech Republic, as well as Austria and Germany, and some onsite trainings have already been developed.
More info here.
Other important Partnership results:
Genesis Project in BiH on the other hand decided to incorporate service-learning in their already strong work with schools.
TOKA in Kosovo started working on SL during this period, and CLAYSS team assessed them and accompanied them in the process of considering how to continue, as well as Forum MNE in Montenegro.
In 2017 our partners at New Horizons Foundation (Romania) invited us to offer a shared webinar: on September 13th, Luz Avruj of CLAYSS and Dana Bates of NHF hosted a webinar in English for the professional team of WorldVision, a Christian global development, humanitarian aid and advocacy organization focused on the well-being and comprehensive protection of vulnerable children. The shared material can be seen here.
Information about MU "Interaktivne otvorene škole" can be found at www.ioskole.net
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