Showcasing your successPosted: November 30, 2011
As many of you will know, this year Ecorys and the British Council launched a competition for the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action Programmes.
Participants of the programmes were asked to take part in a competition and tell us their stories through word, film and photography. We asked them to demonstrate how the programmes have helped to really broaden their horizons, given them the opportunity to explore new countries and cultures, make new friends, learn another language, gain new skills and share exciting experiences.
We had hundreds of entries from across the programmes and last week we brought together the winners to recognise their achievements.
I was fortunate to attend the awards ceremony in London and meet many of the winners. It was a fantastic day. It was inspirational to hear about all the great work that is being undertaken and listen to you relive your experiences. I was impressed by the sheer passion that is instilled in so many of you and how we are fortunate as the National Agencies to have so many advocates for the LLP and Youth in Action programmes.
Everyone has their own story to tell – each experience different and personal. In some cases it has had a life changing effect on your futures; for others it has allowed you to discover your future careers paths; for others given you the opportunity to explore ideas and build strong European networks; and for others provided a platform to further enhance your skills and professional development.
Wendy and Brian Parkinson from Blackpool Adult and Community Learning (right) accepting their award from Althea Warner from the Department for Education. Watch Wendy and Brian’s winning Grundtvig Film entry
Dr Richard Woolford from Liverpool Local Authority, accepting his award from Althea Warner from the Department for Education.
“I applied to participate because I wanted to view strategies to support novice teachers and have the opportunity to work with specialists from different countries to broaden my knowledge and develop my own practice. I believe the desired outcomes were exceeded rather than just met and the experience must rightly be described as “Transformational” in terms of my knowledge; working practice and outlook. At the beginning of this essay I asked “who needs to go on a study visit?” I believe the answer is everyone.”
Extract from Dr Richard Woolford’s Transversal Essay
Phil Cox, Caer Alyn Archaeological and Heritage Project, accepting his award from Althea Warner from the Department for Education.
“It has been a great experience working with like-minded partners and a marvellous opportunity for our learners and staff to meet with and understand the cultural work of local communities and organisations. Over the last two years the partners have worked as part of a fantastic and committed team which not only achieved the objectives we set for Life Long Learning, but just as important it has also developed long-term relationships with our partners and provided experiences of other cultures that will benefit our learners and staff in future years…..”
Extract from Phil Cox’s Grundtvig Essay
Rachel Vincent, Bhagavat Educational Trust with other Leonardo Mobility participants at the orphanage in Bulgaria
“Before I went to Bulgaria my career prospect was not that high nobody seemed to be hiring me. As I had no past job experience, when we were in Bulgaria we had like an employment seminar which I benefited from greatly and it proved it cause as soon as I got home I got a job. Adding the trip to Bulgaria and what I did helped me get the job I have, as soon as I mentioned what I had done I could see the smile in the employers eyes and she probed for more information, and I still think to this day that is why I got the job”.
Extract from Rachel Vincent Essay, a participant from Bhagavat Educational Trust
We’d like to thank everyone who entered this year’s competition. We have some amazing entries that have really brought to life the way in which the programmes are able to support the great work you are all doing.
It’s a shame we were not able to award everyone a prize! However we will be showcasing more of the essays and photos we received on our programme websites over the coming months.
To see more winning entries visit http://competition.lifelonglearningprogramme.org.uk/
We will be running the competition again next year, so start planning your entries! Sign up to our newsletter and we’ll let you know when the 2012 competition opens.
I’m Jo Roden, Senior Communications Manager for the Lifelong Learning Programme at Ecorys. I manage the communication activities across the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes which includes the programme websites, publications, events and social media platforms. I am passionate about promoting the programmes and making them accessible. I enjoy hearing about the great work you are doing and listening to the impact your projects have.