CRANE: Meeting Belfast, Northern Ireland: 16 – 17 April 2018

The CRANE project is funded for 2yrs through Erasmus+ strategcrane-logoic
partners for adult education: KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices.

The aim of the project is to provide farmers involved in multifunctional farms with the skills and competencies required to fulfill their role of promoting and informing people about agriculture through non formal education.

The project will use the experiences of farmers across the partner regions from Italy, Spain, Malta and the UK to develop training to provide farmers with the necessary skills to develop or improve these services/ activities on their farms.

The meeting in Belfast was to provide an update on the project objectives, budget and review of the tasks to be completed as well as test the modules for the training programme in Malta in May 2018.

The training in Malta will be delisted to 2 multifunctional farmers from each the partner regions to test and improve the pilot training.

The training will last 5 days and will provide a general overview of multifunctional farming as well as modules on the specific areas of expertise form each of the partners:

General overview of multifunctional farms, & results of questionnaires (Malta)
Agritourism (Italy)
Social farming (N Ireland)
Direct selling (Spain)
Educational farms (Italy)

Each of the training modules will include case studies.

The two day meeting included a visit to two social farms facilitated by Rural Support.

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Exploring languages!

Working with 70 year 9 pupils who have started to learn French to encourage them to see how important languages. The EU has 24 official languages but uses 4 key languages: French, English, German and Spanish. These are the core languages used to carry out all interpretation and translation.

Erasmus+ Celebration

Mid Ulster Council hosts a celebration of the Erasmus+ funded Euro-Youth MediaLab  Project which has involved youth from Dungannon over the 2year term of the project.

The aim of the project is to work with youth to explore what issues concern them and present their views through multimedia reports which they will produce and share with their project partners.

Five of the ten partners involved in the Euro-Youth MediaLab project take part in  an Erasmus+ youth exchange programme. The five project partners are: Bulgaria, France, Spain, Sweden and UK.  The youth exchange includes 5 youth and one leader from each region working together during a week long programme to explore EU key issues.

Youth from Dungannon and Cookstown took part in youth exchanges in France, Spain, Bulgaria and Sweden where they worked with youth from Sweden, Spain, France and Bulgaria. Project information


The fourth and final youth exchange took place in Baena, Spain 18 – 22 March 2018 and included 5 youth and a youth leader from Bulgaria, France, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

The youth exchange was hosted by the project partner from Baena, Spain which is a town of Andalucia in the province of Córdoba in southern Spain.

Five youth and their youth leader from Cookstown Youth Council took part in the exchange. Full report


Why having another language is a good choice

This workshop was for year 10 pupils to help them understand the importance of languages for careers and personal development. We used a number of activities and quizzes to look at the many languages across the world and how knowledge of a few key languages can help you communicate. Languages are increasingly sought after by local employers who export goods and services across the Europe and internationally.



Erasmus+ Youth Exchange: Bulgaria

This youth exchange to Bulgaria 18 – 22 February 2017 included youth and youth leaders from Bulgaria, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, and Northern Ireland (UK).

The youth exchange is part of an Erasmus+ Euro-Youth MediaLab project which includes partners from Croatia, Italy, Poland and Slovakia.

Five Youth and their youth leader from Vineyard youth group, Dungannon participated in the youth exchange. The youth explore migration, integration and including doing the 5 day programme.

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.