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Hello and welcome to this special edition Léargas newsletter!

Like many of you, we in Léargas are exploring ways of transferring our work online. We want to support our beneficiaries and newcomers to transition their European projects to online platforms, so this newsletter highlights digital training opportunities we can offer as well as our own online events.

It’s also an opportunity for us to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in our programmes. We have been impressed and inspired by the hard work and creativity that has gone into adapting to these unprecedented circumstances. You have been endlessly resourceful and imaginative in your approaches, from holding meetings on Zoom to virtual volunteering! We recognise and are so grateful for your continued commitment to European co-operation.

If you'd like to share stories or tips about maintaining European project work during the COVID-19 shutdown, do get in touch with our Communications team at comms@leargas.ie or on our social channels. 

Digital Training: Webinar Wednesdays


Our 'Webinar Wednesdays' series explores the possibilities of European projects, and innovative ways to carry them out online. Each webinar focuses on a different theme and sector. You don’t need to have a current project to take part, so whether you have a lot of experience or just want to find out more – there will be something for you!

You can catch up on the first four webinars on our YouTube Playlist, or visit the Léargas blog to watch the webinar recordings and download the presentation slides for:

  • Online Facilitation - How to Manage Your European Projects Online
  • Special Education through Virtual Methods  
  • Engaging Young People in Policy Reform and Community Change  
  • Digital Youth Work Skills.
Register now to join any of the next Webinar Wednesdays:

Solidarity and Inclusion
10.30-11.30am, 27 May 2020
Sector: Youth, Volunteering, Civic Society and Community Organisations
Discover European Solidarity Corps solidarity projects, and how inclusion projects and organisations can take up these opportunities. Explore what solidarity means within your organisation, and the impact it can have on your sector.

What Do You Need to Know About Non-formal Education in Erasmus+ Projects?
10.30-11.30am, 3 June 2020
Sector: Youth
Aims:  Look at the theory of non-formal education and how it can be applied practically to Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps projects. We will link in with two experts in the field and discuss how non-formal learning can be implemented effectively with young people.

Learning Network - Maintaining Quality European Programme Activities in a Digital World
10.30-11.30am, 10 June 2020
Sector: Cross-sectoral
Themes:  An opportunity for organisations to exchange good examples of digital activities they've carried out, receive peer-to-peer support, and network.

Supporting Young People’s Mental Well-being and Resilience through Online Methodologies
10.30-11.30am, 17 June 2020
Sector: Cross-sectoral
Themes:  Identify the roles and responsibilities of youth workers in supporting young people's mental health during this pandemic. We will also discover how KA2 can provide opportunities to help support the development of online tools and platforms.

You can see the recordings and presentations for each webinar on our blog afterwards. If you have any questions, contact Carmel.

Digital Training: EPALE eTeaching Languages


Adult Educators can explore creative ways to use digital tools for language learning at the eTeaching Languages webinar on 27 May 2020. Running from 3-4.15pm, the webinar will be facilitated by Europass and include a question and answer session. 

There will be many similar opportunities on EPALE (the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe) in the future, so now is a great time to get active!

Register for the EPALE eTeaching Languages webinar.

Online Event: EU Youth Info


Join us from 10-11am on 26 May to launch Youth Wiki - the encyclopedia on national youth policies – in Ireland, and to mark the 25th anniversary of Eurodesk Ireland. Hear directly from the people behind inspiring European youth information projects like Europe Direct Ballinasloe, Donegal Youth Service, Voluntary Service Ireland and Crosscare.

Register for EU Youth Info.

Online Event: Launch of "The Impact and Experience of Foreign Languages in Erasmus+" Study

At 10.30am on 28 May we will be launching the study “The Impact and Experience of Foreign Languages in the Context of Erasmus+ in All Education Sectors in Ireland” by Dr. Britta C. Jung. This study, commissioned by Léargas and the Higher Education Authority and supported by the Irish Research Council, explores how Erasmus+ influences attitudes to and experience of foreign language learning in Ireland.

We will present the main findings of the study, followed by a discussion and question-and-answer section.

Register for the Languages Study launch.

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