Erasmus+ 2021 | Mobility

Since 2021, we have started actively cooperating on Erasmus+ projects and have implemented several activities that were very attractive to us and the outputs of which we provide to other organizations working in the field of education and development.

Increasing expertise in experiential education

The project was managed under the number 2021-2-SK01-KA122-ADU-000041740 within the Erasmus+ section for education and training, Key action 1 - Educational mobility of individuals.

Project goal:

Throughout the project, we wanted to achieve the following goals: (A) Increasing the quality of education and learning of adults in Europe. (B) Expanding and diversifying the offer of adult education in the field of the business environment. (C) Support for the development of networks of experts on a European scale. We are currently trying to create a local Slovak network of laypeople and experts who mostly work in helping professions and are trying to apply new tools of experiential learning and innovative education to their activities. We would like to expand this network with additional contacts and learn to work in an international environment as well. We want to start implementing our educational activities in other countries as well and thus offer the possibility to cooperate in a larger European context.

We participated in 2 educational courses: CRS-01 The power of Game-Based Learning and Gamification in education and CRS-04 Efficient & Effective Project Management for EU-funded Projects and plan to further transfer the knowledge gained from the courses to our audience.

MOBILITY CRS-01: The power of Game-Based Learning and Gamification in education

Name and surname of the person participated in the mobility: Ivana Tomanová Čergeťová | Job position: professional worker - psychologist | Name of completed mobility: The power of Game-Based Learning and Gamification in education | Place and Country: Tenerife, Spain | Date: 30.04.2023 - 06.05.2023 | Organizer: Erasmus Learning Academy

Mobility goal:

The Game-Based Learning and Gamification course was realised in 7 days and was full of effective elements of education via games. The program was constructed from many networking activities, teambuilding exercises, games stimulating critical and creative thinking. The course served to introduce the key elements in learning and gamification and also project-based learning, understanding the differences between game-based learning and gamification, familiarization with the best applications and tools for game-based learning and gamification and innovative project-based learning, the main steps of integrating elements and mechanisms based on games and interactivity in education and gamification of the educational group, designing digital rewards that will represent achievements and motivate action, practicing method and strategy in an international inspiring environment, application of innovative methods.

 What skills have you acquired?

Understand the difference between Games-Based Learning and Gamification. Get to know the best Games Based Learning and Gamification apps and tools. Learn how to design and create digital badges to represent achievement and motivate to action. Practice and get acquainted with gamification examples and principles to increase learners' engagement and motivation. Networking

How do you perceive the positives of the Erasmus+ program?

Definitely networking and an opportunity for creating new connections between different mobility participants. The international aspect of the work shows us what we can improve on and, on the contrary, what makes us truly exceptional within Slovakia.

Transfer of acquired information/skills into professional and personal practice:

We created collaborations with other civic associations in Slovakia and presented them with a way to incorporate games and gamification into their education. For me personally as a professional, it was a great experience to see what different applications and online methods we can use to support people's creativity and joy of play.

Recommended web portals and other information:

Course information:  

In the picture Dr. Ivana Čergeťová during educational activities, on a walk through the city of Puerto de la Cruz, also during networking activities and together on a sightseeing trip in El Teide.

Short video: 

MOBILITY CRS-04: Efficient & Effective Project Management for EU-funded Projects

Name and surname of the person participated in the mobility: Maximilián Kubač | Job position: project and financial manager | Name of completed mobility: Efficient & Effective Project Management for EU funded Projects | Place and Country: Palermo, Sicily | Date: 28.03.2022 - 01.04.2022 | Organizer: Shipcon

Mobility goal:

The course is specifically designed to help participants understand the intricacies of project cycle management and tools, as well as provide them with a comprehensive understanding of the basic techniques for successfully managing EU-funded projects. This course is essential for all those involved in the management of EU projects at a technical or financial level, as well as for all those in charge of the business development strategy of companies and academic institutions (primary, secondary and higher education) involved in EU-funded projects. The course is particularly useful for all those responsible for allocating resources to understand the complexities and financial risks involved in managing EU-funded projects and how to put in place the required mitigating measures to reduce the consequences of these risks in the short, medium and long term.

What skills have you acquired?

The course helped me to gain deep knowledge about reporting on EC (European Commission) projects, to understand the responsibilities regarding the visibility and communication/dissemination of EC-funded projects, the preparation and resolution of obligations arising from EC audits, to understand the importance of project monitoring and self-evaluation, setting up evaluation tools for project and financial risks and the associated implementation of mitigating measures.

How do you perceive the positives of the Erasmus+ program?

The Erasmus+ program helped me to support networking and create a base of professional partnerships at the international level, which can help the organization in further development and subsequently the smooth implementation of projects financed by EU resources.

Transfer of acquired information/skills into professional and personal practice:

As part of professional practice, we started developing partnerships with various foreign organizations. We have published information about the organization on the EPALE platform to help highlight our organization. In addition, we started holding advisory meetings with other organizations in the NGO segment in order to support the preparation of projects for the Erasmus+ program, and we realized an online webinar in cooperation with the National Awareness Center for ROS/KOS and the open public, processed and published a video tutorial for project preparation in the Erasmus+ program also with practical motivational advice.

Recommended web portals and other information:

Information about the course: | Short video from the course: 

In the picture Maximilián Kubač and Dr. Efstratios Georgoudis, PhD, MRINA, EU funding expert, European Commission expert & evaluator (external), ShipCon Group

Dissemination activities and publicity of the project

Who cares? Us! | Dissemination webinar from 11.1.2023 for the purpose of sharing "best practices" in the field of preparation and implementation of projects in the Erasmus+ program (main speaker Ivana Tomanová Čergeťová) (NGO) had the opportunity to present the results of our project and the way of working with disadvantaged groups for AKO (Association of Cultural and Educational Institutions) as part of a seminar called Cultural Integration, which was held on December 5 and 6, 2022 in Liptovský Ján (Slovakia). The association contributes to the increasing of the professional level of cultural and educational workers and the quality of activity of cultural and educational facilities, participates in the creation and implementation of conceptual, strategic, legislative and development documents in the field of cultural and educational activities and contributes to the exchange of experience and networking of cultural and educational institutions in Slovakia.