SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION
Sustainability Coaches is an Erasmus Plus KA2 programme aiming at providing trainers and multipliers (e.g., adult educators, NGO workers, people working in community outreach) with knowledge, skills, and competences to educate others on sustainability topics and become “Sustainability Coaches”. Our sustainability coaches intend to motivate and inspire their learners for local sustainable action, while having global challenges in mind (think global – act local). The partnership consists of organisations from 4 countries in Europe: Cyprus, Italy, and the Republic of North Macedonia. Verein Niedersächsischer Bildungsinitiativen in Germany leads the project. It is funded by the Erasmus+ programme for the period 2022-2024.
d.thinking: Design Thinking for Social Inclusion
In the project "Design Thinking for Social Inclusion" we want to implement design thinking in three areas that are of great importance for social inclusion: social entrepreneurship, community work and sustainability management. The main outcome of the project will be an interactive learning platform that can be used by teachers and trainers to develop face-to-face, online or blended learning workshops based on the design thinking process. The project is coordinated by the Verein Niedersächsischer Bildungsinitiativen e.V., based in Germany and brings together partners from Cyprus, Italy, Austria, Denmark and North Macedonia.
DIGITUP : Digital transformation and empowerment of SMEs
The COVID-19 pandemic served as a wake-up call, prompting the European Union to prioritize innovation. To support SMEs, the EU has allocated funds for initiatives like DigitUp, which aim to facilitate their digital transformation. Recovery plans implemented by European member states focus on areas such as big data, the Internet of Things, and cybersecurity, while also promoting investment, skills training, and collaboration. DigitUp, through education and cooperation, aims to enhance the digital upskilling of SMEs by identifying in-demand skills, providing regular training, and fostering public debate on digital transformation. By embracing these efforts, SMEs can become more competitive in the global market and gain access to new technologies and opportunities.
UPSKILL+ : Quality upskilling in agrotourism focused on sustainable innovation and experience
UPSKILL+ is a collaborative project aimed at enhancing entrepreneurial competencies in agrotourism for adult learners. The project focuses on developing a tailored training pathway through an innovative and sustainable online platform. By promoting green sustainability and social inclusion, upskill+ seeks to contribute to the recovery of the agrotourism sector and improve the employability of adults, particularly those from vulnerable groups. The project aims to create a quality training program that provides formal recognition of skills gained, benefitting participants and mentors alike. Coordinated by the City Hall of Pliego, the consortium includes partners from France, Italy, Ireland, Finland, and Cyprus.
The project GreenGenerations: tackling climate change through intergenerational learning, addresses a compelling need to enable children to take an active role in combating climate change and be poised to transform society in ways that are necessary to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. In addition, the other important project’s target group is teachers who will gain valuable tools and guidance on how to put in place environmental education practices that involve intergenerational learning with the aim to influence behavioral change both for students and their families. Thus, through innovative educational resources, teachers will be able to interact with students and local communities and have a positive impact on a more sustainable future. The project is coordinated by Eutopique, France, in collaboration with partners from Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus.
The main objective of the project "Promoting Inclusive Employment in the GLAM Sector through Open Innovation" (INCLUDED), is to create a mindset of equal access and non-discrimination for inclusive employment in the galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) sector for adults with disabilities. The long term goal is to form a more inclusive GLAM workforce through an open innovation paradigm. This Erasmus+ project (2022-2024) is coordinated by VINCO, Austria, and brings together partners from Greece, Lithuania, Italy and Cyprus.
Education Architects : Enriching VET education through comprehensive Design Thinking tools
The primary goal of this project is to enhance VET educational offerings in the area of designing and creating educational tools and services by developing a comprehensive Design Thinking Manual for education. The project's objectives are the following: 1) raising awareness of the Design Thinking methodology (best practises, testing), 2) transferring and adapting the DT approach to the needs of VET education (staff training programme, multiplier events), and 3) providing a comprehensive set of DT tools for vocational training of a staff that designs and implements educational services/products (Manual with a supplement and teaching material). The project is coordinated by Inspire Consulting, Poland, and brings together organisations from Spain, and Cyprus.