Why you need languages no matter what you plan to do!

The workshop was for 75 year 10 pupils who are having to make very important decision about which subjects they should chose for GCSE. It’s difficult to know at this stage in your life exactly what direction your life or career will take you but our world is increasingly global and connected and even if you don’t chose to move the world comes to you! Languages can be useful in any walk of life and give you an advantage.




EU Quiz on the EU and languages 25 January 2018

Workshops with year 10 pupils in Coleraine to explore how languages are important for any career in a very connected world where we connect to do business across the world. We looked at how to develop language skills through living, working, studying, volunteering and traveling throughout Europe. Even when the UK leaves the EU we are still providing services and goods across Europe.



EuroYouth MediaLab Project Meeting 15 – 18 January 2018

The third project meeting of the EuroYouth MediaLAb project was hosted by the Spanish partner in Baena, Spain.

The meeting reviewed the final work that needed to be completed so the Online Platform could go live to share the multimedia reports produced by the youth and for them to take part in online debates.

The two working groups for the Strategy and Dissemination provided an update on the tasks to finalise both plans which will be shared on the Online Platform.

The project partners met with the local MediaLab youth group who gave them a guided tour of Baena and explained to them the activities they had carried out as part of the project and their future plans.

The youth from Spain will meet youth from France, Sweden and the UK during an exchange visit in February 2018 hosted by the Bulgarian youth and the project partners.

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Lid+ Erasmus+ Market Place

LID+ with the support of YouthActionNI, The Education Authority, Boys and Girls Clubs Northern Ireland and EUROPE Direct Information Centre – Northern Ireland, delivered a an Erasmus+ ‘Market Place’ event on the 8 December 2017.

This was an interactive celebration event to mark the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+, and provide an opportunity for local groups to exhibit and promote models of practice (past and present) that have been developed within and/or for the International Youth Work Sector. It provided an opportunity for groups from across Northern Ireland that have been involved in International Youth Work over the decades to showcase and promote their work to a wide audience including young people, youth workers, trainers, policy makers, educators and academics.

Lid+ Contact Making Seminar

This was the second contact making seminar organised by Lid+ to bring together 11 Erasmus+ experts from across Europe with 11 local youth organisations to work together 1:1 to develop an Erasmus+ application.

This support was to provide local youth organisations with no experience of Erasmus+ with the opportunity to develop a project from idea to an application ready to submit for the February 2018 deadline.

The Erasmus+ experts came from Poland, Slovenia, Norway, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Gambia and Jamaica.

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CRANE: Field Testing Training of Trainers Bologna, 6 – 15 December 2017

Meeting in Bologna to develop the training programme for farmers to support them develop multi functional farms in their region.

The training was developed following the results of a questionnaire circulated amongst existing multifunctional famers in each the four partner regions of Malta, Spain, Italy and Northern Ireland.

The meeting included visits to an educational farm and a social farm.

CRANE Project

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Lid+ Erasmus+ Evaluation

Europe Direct NI delivered a presentation on the Eurodesk ‘Time to Move’ campaign as part of the as part of LID+ Evaluation+ of the Erasmus+ programme. 

The event aimed to provide space and time to look back upon 30 years of Erasmus+ and meaningfully consider the impact it has had.

‘Evaluation+’ forms part of the Erasmus+ 30th Anniversary celebrations and EuroDesk’s Time To Move  campaign and was the only evaluation event in the UK.

The two day residential including practitioners from across the UK to share their experience of Erasmus+ and the impact of funded activites.




Lid+ Erasmus+ Application workshop

LID+’ is a year-long programme of free services
and events that Lid+will promote, inform and provide access to, not to mention support your potential involvement in the Erasmus+ Programme.

The Inside Out Programme, based in N Ireland is one of only seven project funded by the EU Commission in the UK that is tasked with promoting the Erasmus+ programme.  ‘LID+’ offers a free bespoke service that aims to increase participation in EU Mobility activities over the coming year.

After a successful seminar to promote Erasmus+ the project followed up with an application workshop on the 29 September 2017 to help organisations prepare their funding applications. Europe Direct NI worked with a local organisation to help submit an application.




Celebrating EU day of languages in schools!

The European day of languages is celebrated every year on the 26 September.

The day of languages is an initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, with events and activities for youth taking place across Europe.

Europe Direct NI was invited to run workshops in schools in Enniskillen, Omagh and Derry to share the importance of languages with nearly 500 pupils.

Workshops took the place of their usual language classes and pupils took part in quizzes and explored the languages used in the 28 EU member states.