The PREATY (Proposing modern e-assessment approaches and tools to young and experienced in-service teachers) project aims at preparing teachers to apply modern e-assessment approaches and advancing teachers’ lifelong learning skills by building a community of teachers for sharing, discussing, debating, and improving assessment approaches. PREATY is now in the second year of its life and a lot of progress has been made. Currently, all partners are focusing on the organisation and development of the teacher training workshops and schools pilot implementations. Some partners have already developed the workshops and are now organising the pilot implementations. The phase of the workshops is expected to be completed during May.

CARDET participates in the project Parent’s Informal Networks for Early Childhood Learning / PINECL with partners from Ireland, Romania, Italy, and UK. This is a Lifelong Learning Program which is leaded by the County Meath Vocational Educational Committee.Research clearly confirms high returns to society from investments in quality early childhood development programs for children living in disadvantaged areas emphasising that many of the major economic and social problems – crime, teenage pregnancy, high school dropout rates, adverse health conditions, social exclusion – could be reduced as a result of early nurturing, the provision of early learning experiences, and the promotion of physical health and well-being from birth to age five.

Program against early school leaving, school failure, and delinquency in Education Priority Zones - Up to this stage of the project, the Consortium has completed various assessment actions involving all target groups by following a mixed methods approach.

CARDET with its partners from Italy, UK, Poland and Spain participate in the INTO project. INTO aims to promote strategies and methods that help students with a migrant background at risk of early school leaving to maintain their motivation for education, through e development of an innovative model of “Intercultural Mentoring” and an “Intercultural Mentoring Programme”.

The INTO project was launched in November of 2013 and will have a total duration of 2 years. In the framework of the project CARDET has collected from relevant researches, programs and policies about migration in Cyprus, educational context and system, and peer education in Cyprus, as well.

The METIS (Meeting teachers’ co-design needs by means of Integrated Learning Environments) Lifelong Learning Programme project aims to provide educators with tools and practices that promote learning design thinking, as a way of identifying educational challenges and devising new learning experiences. METIS had its third face-to-face meeting during 17th-19th 2014, in Genoa, Italy. During this meeting, the partners discussed the progress of the project, as well as the risks that partners are still facing regarding the next steps of the project.

The three-year EuropeAid project “Technology challenging poverty: Make the Link” envisions integrating issues around Technology Justice into the Science and Technology curricula of the early secondary classes of the EU member states’ educational systems. Technology Justice - the right of all people to access the technologies they need to live a life they value, without harming others now or in the future - will be explored in relation to the Millennium Development Goals, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

CARDET participates in the project Adults with a learning disability – Observatory of Best Practice / ALDO with partners from Ireland, Romania, Austria, Belgium and Spain. This is a Lifelong Learning Program which is leaded by the County Meath Vocational Educational Committee.

Addressing the educational needs of adults with a learning disability is not a once-off endeavour but a continuing phenomenon that is a core part of education provision throughout the European Union. As one would expect in such an important educational field, a significant number of projects that address the educational needs and integration of adults with learning disabilities have been financed with the help of the European Commission under the current Lifelong Learning Programme.

Advocacy e-Lab is a one-stop e-learning platform advancing community mobilisation and government engagement. World Vision leads the project and provides all the content and expertise in the field. CARDET leads the instructional design, graphic design and web development of the platform infrastructure and the course content.

The University of Nicosia in collaboration with the research centre CARDET, with the support of the European Return Fund and the Republic of Cyprus within the Action No. 2, Priority 3 - Action 3.3.1 Annual Programme 2012, developed the Voluntary Return Network (VRENET).

The network aims to promote exchange of information and practices among European, Mediterranean and Third countries’ organizations regarding migrants returning to their country of origin. It is expected to build a broader cooperation in developing effective, stable and continuous operational working relationships between governmental authorities and organisations enter the network to improve the quality of programs that apply on immigrants’ returns.

European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström reacted to the new tragedy in the Mediterranean:

“Unfortunately, all efforts done on the field could not avoid new shocking deaths. The responsibility is clearly relying on all EU Member States, who must show concrete solidarity to reduce the risk of repetition of such tragedies, she said. By safely bringing those people to Europe, we will avoid that they fall in the hands of smugglers who put in danger their lives, she added. It is time that Member States step forward from intentions to actions, this is why I ask a formal discussion in the next Council for Home Affairs on how to concretely contribute to the migratory challenges in the Mediterranean Sea, she concluded.”


Terre des Hommes Italy position:

More deaths in the Mediterranean Sea. Terre des Hommes calls on the Italian Head of Government, Matteo Renzi, to urge the EU on humanitarian corridors

The shipwreck of a sea vessel carrying on board 400 migrants has put the appeal made last Friday by Terre des Hommes to the Italian Head of Government Matteo Renzi into the foreground. And so have the demands of the migrant children who had reached Italy and the ones of the local authorities left alone to tackle the reception of the migrants.

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