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Let's Clean Up Europe-Polo Tecnico “Franchetti-Salviani-UUD Plastic Food-by TevereTv

By TevereTV
2016-06-29 in Italy

Students of the Franchetti Salviani, an Italian high school, participated for the 3rd time at the Let's Clean Up Europe event promoted by the European Union, cleaning the local park. The cleaning up day was made on May the 28th and local tv, tevere tv, reported it on news. This Event was made implementing the UUD project that involves partners from Lithuania, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain and is coordinated by the Romanian partner. The Plastic food project, Italian partner of the UUD project under Erasmus+ Program, cooperated to this event with the school with the aim of sharing the experience of the UUD project during the Let's Clean Up Europe event. The message of both initiatives is to reduce waste production and to valorize environment, raising awareness about the issue of waste management.


Mr. Organic in Spain

By Caridad Martínez Carrillo de Albornoz
2016-06-21 in Huelva, Spain

USEFUL, USABILITY , DISPOSABILITY (UUD) is a Erasmus+ project which addresses the issue of plastic invasion of our communities and households with a purpose to bring the message of a safe and healthy environment closer to the citizens through civic education.

 

The 5 partners’ staff act as content developers and have been trained by Inercia Digital, the Moodle platform maker on how to use the platform to be able to design and organize land art installation centered civic events with different community groups such as children, seniors, disadvantaged people, youth, artists.

The project partners include 5 organizations for Romania (coordinator – seniors organization), Spain (ICT company), Italy (land art installation artists ), LT (civic adult learning), BG (dissemination).

Inercia Digital as technological partner in addition to the website, Moodle elearning platform and training group, has made the following results we want to share with you:

  • The Desk Research in Spain you can see it full on the website of the project.
  • The Focus Group in Spain was managed by Inercia Digital and took place on the 7th of April 2016 at Secondary School Juan Ramón Jiménez in Moguer (Huelva). The group included 8 persons as teachers, SubDirector and young people and it took 30 minutes. The main idea was that they need to high need of formation to Familiarize with practical advices in order to reduce the use of plastic, with new practical opportunities to protect the environment and with the harm to the environment of the use of plastic.
  • The focus group for youth took place on the 7th of April 2016 and lasted 20 minutes. 5 persons participated, according to the guidelines.They preferred bags made of another kind of material (no plastic). In fact, they use to emphasize that plastic is harmful and has got a longer lifetime.
  • With regards the QUESTIONNAIRE REPORT in Spain has the focus on the importance of the Training needs for trainers and organizers of civic events .The survey was carried out from the 18th of March 2016 to 10th April 2016 in Huelva and Seville, Spain, It is based on an online questionnaire applied to 11 individuals, 6 trainers/teachers and 5 organizers of civic events. The subjects indicated that it would be better, more information that deals with the benefit of the recycling wastes

If you want to be updated Plastic Free Project and be part of the Mr.Organic community you can join us on Facebook. Thank you!

 


Info- session 2 - Bridging the training in Spain with the TNA and the training in Lithuania

By Viorica Alexandru
2016-06-17 in Braila, Romania

This second info –sessions took place for one hour on the 17th of June, on Friday, at 14:30 when there was an unbearable heat outside and our participants were exhausted following the efforts in the last school weeks...and the WiFi gave us a chance to use traditional means for presentations. Viorica AlexandruGeorgiana Troia si Aurelia Ion bridged the training in Spain with placed on www.plasticsfree.eu and the short course to take place in Lithuania on socio-civic competences needed by organizers of civic events .... please see the Power Points named info-session 2 a, b and c in the section Documents on www. Plasticsfree.eu to see for yourself that with are not just bragging ...

The Info session 2c includes a review of the 5 UUD tutorials, all converging towards empowering organizers for civic events design and management : to work independently on the UUD platform, to understand the key concepts of the plastic pollution approached here and have available sources of information on the spot, to see good practice examples fo civic events centred on art installations, to understand what civic competences they need to develop for being goo dorganizers of civic events and how, to be able to design and plan the dissemination strategy and tools for a specific civic event

In view of the training in Lithuania and the achievement of the socio-civic competence building tutorial, the conclusions of the TNA in Braila are briefly given : 70% declared themselves beginners in the field of socio-civic competences and civic events; 50% had never been involved in organizing civic events; 50% had been faced with a low involvement and reduced interest of youth in new learning thems and civic actions.

The author shares the specification for socio-civic tutorial dedicated to organizers of civic events with youth from Braila which should include knowledge about the theory and practice of socio-civic competences, civic events and art installations as instrument to promote civic messages; knowledge about the necessary steps to initiate and organize a civic evengt; skills to involve young people in civic events, to design and organize local civi events; leadership and time management skilss; positive attitude towards independent learning on the UUD e-learning platform, participation in workshops , learning in information events under this poject but also taking other oportunities offered on the training market; constructive attitude to build on the declared socio-civic practice- that of beginners; building on existing advanced skills such as communication, creativity, creative problem solving.

A presentation of the www.plasticsfree.eu as it looks after Spain was made with an emphasis on the following sectiond: Updates, Newsletter, Documents as potential sources for the UUD tutorials.
The participants will reflect on the necessity to have these website sections translated into Romanian, or have just wholly/partially translated the tutorials in the local language. 
All participants will register to receive the newsletter. 
They were also asked to reflect with their team leaders on writing short reports for the Updates section.
...Georgiana Troia, our debate person, presented the dreams and expectations related to our Spanish experience .


Group learning


Group fun


Aura Ion , our IT person shared her optimism with the group of event organizers present at the info-session...


The team is all smiles ...the Moodle Platform will work ...

Communication follows via www.facebook.com/DCOrganic
References: http://www.plasticsfree.eu/repository Info session 1a, b and c Please say if you need translation into English.

 


Info-session 2: Project promotion: What is Moodle platform and to what purpose?

By Anna Lalkovska
2016-05-04 in Sofia, Bulgaria

On 4.05.2016 in Moskva hotel, Sofia, Conference Hall 5 was organized Info session 2 under the Project UUD. The event was attended by teachers, trainers seniors and NGOs experts.

The project team provided for each guest a project leaflet and photos of Mr Organicy. The info session 2 started at 18 h with presentation of the project, activities implemented so far. Anna Lalkovska presented the Moodle platform goals - project result responsability of the partner Inercia Digital - Spain.

The info session was closed at 19 h.

  



Short-Term Training in Spain for the Useful, Usability and Disposability Project

By Borja V. Muñoz
2016-03-23 in Huelva, Spain

The Short-Term Training on E-learning Platforms for the Useful, Usability and Disposability project took place on the 17th to the 21st of March and served not only to consolidate the knowledge of the partners on the use of the platform during the development of the project, but also to set straight the path for all the tasks that need to be done until the next meeting.

The project addresses the issue of plastic invasion of our communities and households with a purpose to bring the message of a safe and healthy environment closer to the citizens through civic education enabled by land art installation. During their stay, our friends were able to visit Huelva and Seville and enjoy the weather and the crowded and cheerful streets of the Easter.

From Inercia Digital we would like to thank everyone of them for their kindness and hard work and hope that their stay was enjoyable.

 


Clues to understanding socio–civic events messaging about plastic invasion - an info-session

By Viorica Alexandru
2016-02-18 in Braila, Romania

On the 18th of February the College ‘Ana Aslan’ hosted the 1st UUD info-session . Key elements of the project were introduced in different ways to some 60 participants including, staff, teachers, local stakeholders and youth from the city of Braila.

The Romanian National Agency was also represented by their expert Bogdan Dumitru.

...an exhibition of the students and teachers from colleges ‘Edmond Nicolau’, ‘Gh.N. Murgoci’ and the Art School ‘Hariclea Darclee’ was urging participants to be intelligent and not throw away plastic and other kinds of wastes but turn them into attractive art work or useful objects ...Meanwhile a video was on showing art installations made of plastic bags and bottles...

   

...Dan Patzelt and Luminita Danaila put togther a happening called ‘Just do not leave plastic wastes behind’ ...Dan, an activist from an enviromental organization involved all in an exercise of 'producing’ and collecting plastic trash, demonstraded why plastic was chemically bad.

      

...There were also two presentations . One by Aura Ion illustrating plastic invasion, art installations from overseas, civic events warning about plastic pollution; the other by Georgiana Troia introducing the audience to the process and tools for the TNA . Questionnaires were spread and future Focus groups explained and scheduled.

      

... Georgiana also briefly announced the Motion for the public debade competition ‘No more plastic’ , debate teams from six colleges registered for the competition and each draw their match for the preliminary encounter... judges were also appointed form among the debate trainers.... all were informed to follow the info flows on Mr Organicescu Facebook account for substantiating their positions...

  

At the end of the day we knew our audience had become more curious and were looking forward to being involved in teh future ...

Many thanks to Georgiana Troia, Dan Patzelt, Aurelia Ion, Luminita Danaila and Ionel Filip for their professional inputs. Many thanks to the audience ... There would not have been any event without their presence, would it?

More information at:
https://www.facebook.com/DCOrganic/
https://refuzaplasticrau.wordpress.com/
http://www.plasticsfree.eu/activities
http://www.plasticsfree.eu/repository


Innovative info-session: project promotion and focus group in action

By Anna Lalkovska
2016-02-13 in Pernik, Bulgaria

On 13.02.2016 in Struma hotel, Pernik, Conference Hall South was organized Info session and focus group of seniors under the Project UUD. The project team Anna Lalkovska and Neli Nikolaeva provided for each guest a folder with project summary, project leaflet and photos of Mr Organicy. The info session started at 12 h with presentation of the project, activities implemented so far. Anna Lalkovska shared also good practices examples of partners from Romania – competitions at schools, cooperation with Kaufland and Italian arts installations. Participants from School 179 and Vocational Gymnasium of tourism and Fashion declared interest to be involved in creation and arrangement of arts installations in Bulgaria.

At 13 h started Focus Group – seniors.

The Focus group was carried out with 6 people representing the project target group and indirect beneficiaries.

Participants: 1 teacher;1 director; 4 seniors.

Introduction was done by moderator Anna Lalkovska; assistant moderator – Neli Nikolaeva regarding the purpose of focus group - to find out training needs assessments on Moodle based e-learning platform for organizations, which work with seniors. The participants were welcomed by the moderator, thanked for agreeing to be part of the focus group, appreciating willingness to participate. It was explained that their input is important sharing honest and open thoughts with project team, because every person's experiences and opinions are valuable- when you agree or disagree in order to hear a wide range of opinions; to feel comfortable when sharing sensitive issues.

Ludmila Milenova shared the necessity to be explained in details which are different types of plastics as far as they are not equal dangerous and people do not have relevant information.

Iliyana Arestova shared her good practices model to do shopping in cotton bags.

Aleksandar Vasilev proposed to be included in project activities students from Arts Club – Palace of Culture who could contribute to arts installations.

At 14 h started A Focus Group: disadvantaged people in the Youth Centre

Participants:1 teacher;1 manager; 5 disadvantaged people.

Introduction was done by moderator Anna Lalkovska; assistant moderator – Neli Nikolaeva regarding the purpose of focus group - to find out training needs assessments on Moodle based e-learning platform for organizations, which work with disadvantaged people. The participants were welcomed by the moderator, thanked for agreeing to be part of the focus group, appreciating willingness to participate. It was explained that their input is important sharing honest and open thoughts with project team, because every person's experiences and opinions are valuable- when you agree or disagree in order to hear a wide range of opinions; to feel comfortable when sharing sensitive issues.

Maria Hristova shared that disadvantaged people are ought to use plastics many times and to buy only the most necessary thing in everyday life so they keep the planet clean more than the others.

Kiril Dimitrov shared that people especially old generation have no info regarding dangerous effect of plastic bottles kept in the sun.

Iva Mindizova proposed to be distributed leaflets for disadvantaged people who do not have internet access how to use correctly plastics for their health and for the wellbeing of the planet.

All discussions were recorded.


The start...

By Viorica Alexandru
2016-01-29 in Braila, Romania

After three months from contract signature, the project partners met face to face for the first time ... It is really exciting to see what an incredible role experience plays in a partnership working long distance for a significant while...

We had two great mornings with Anna Lalkovska from BASD, Bulgaria, Simona Savickiene from the European Institute, Lithuania and Aurelia Ion from Initiativa, Romania. They gave their best on the UUD dissemination strategy, tutorial structures and the e-learning platform. At the end of the day we had a clear decision on how to finish and exchange our national dissemination strategies as well as the training needs assessment process and tools for the next period. Last but not least, the newsletter structure was agreed and a cross project dissemination team set up;

...particularly because of the differences between those who knew so much and those who did not, the e-learning platform took us some time in terms of its public interface and interactivy . In the end, Borja Munoz from Inercia, Spain gave us his expert opinion and took note of everybody’s need for training on the intricacies of the e-learning platform and structures bridging tutors with learners. He promised an unforgettable training in Heulva, Spain to take place in March.

...the partners and over 70 students and teachers attended the afternoon sessions ...guest speakers like Dan Patzelt from ADU, Bucharest completely against plastic debated with Lucian Tilea from Braila totally for plastic in our lives..thrilled the audience

  

...the beautiful concert hall and yard of the Art School in Braila hosted the happening directed by Monsignor Pierluigi, the Italian parent of the project idea. .

...two college teams presented their winning works under the Kaufland Olympics with particular focus on wastes reuse and environment protection.

... the Romanian team announced the youth public debate on plastics for six college teams inclcuding the preliminary on plastics elimination , the semifinals on plastics consumption reduction and the final on recycling .

We said good bye and stepped confidently into the second quarter of our project ...