More than 100 teachers and trainers involved in ’eLearning for teachers and trainers in the MEDA region’, an important European initiative on e-learning for North African and Middle East countries, have taken part in an international training event hosted by Giunti Labs.
The initiative, which is part of the wider regional project MEDA ETE aims at enhancing the use of ICT for teaching and learning and promote their further integration into the overall Vocational and Educational Training reform processes in the countries.
Around 150 trainers from the ten MEDA countries learn via blended learning – both online, through an e-learning open source portal and in classroom with cycles of face-to-face meetings in each participating country to support the participants’ learning path.
This important regional training was the first regional classroom-based training meeting organised under the project.
For the first time, this event brought together all the teachers of the MEDA region who are attending the course.
The event took place in the Annunziata Convent in the Bay of Silence, in Sestri Levante – the headquarters of Giunti Labs, a world leading provider of learning and knowledge content management solutions which leads the design, development and delivery of the e-learning programme in the MEDA ETE project.
ETE is an ambitious project which has been introduced within the framework of the Euro – Mediterranean Partnership.
It is being implemented within the ‘Barcelona process’ – a wide framework of political, economic and social relations between the Member States of the European Union and Partners of the Southern Mediterranean.
The ETE project, which has identified education and training as the main tools to facilitate the economic and social development of the North African and Middle East Mediterranean region, focuses on vocational education and teacher training as ideal drivers of change to help the economic and social development of the MEDA region, in order to make the markets of those emerging areas more competitive.
The MEDA ETE regional project, which lasts for three years, is financed by the European Commission with a € 5m budget.
It is implemented by the ETF (European Training Foundation), an EU agency which supports the development of education and training systems in its partner countries.
Giunti Labs is responsible for the development of the e-learning component of the MEDA project.
It has scheduled the planning and implementation of an e-learning course which lasts 192 hours on the technologies of distance training and supporting teachers with interventions in class directly in the MEDA countries through its network of experts.