Project no. 2020-1-ES01-KA204-081988

The project Estrecomp - Introducing entrepreneurial competences - Entrecomp for adults living in rural areas, is progressing successfully.

The consortium of this project aims to foster rural activity as well as entrepreneurial skills and to be able to provide adult educators with the necessary tools and transfer them to the target group of the project, women, migrants and people with low qualifications.

While it is true that we can notice a certain increase of entrepreneurial activities in rural areas reinventing life in the countryside, because after suffering a pandemic, the future may not only be in smart cities. However, are they provided with the necessary tools? what facilities are available to those who wish to start up a business in rural areas, and what if those interested in undertaking this entrepreneurial adventure were women?

In order to achieve our research, the consortium have carried out local interviews to women living in rural areas in five cities that belongs to the consortium. The members of the consortium are: AIFED (Granada, Spain); Austrian Association of Inclusive Society (Austria); Systeme in Bewegung e. V (Winsen, Germany); Progetto Marconi (Torino, Italy) and European Alpe Adria Pannonia Cluster (Novi Sad, Serbia).

After data collection, it has been possible to clarify difficulties, needs, necessary support, as well as the experiences of these women and the benefits they have obtained once their projects have been launched.

In terms of difficulties, the most frequently mentioned is the economic and bureaucratic obstacle. Secondly, the lack of education received and the lack of access to information. In addition, most of the women interviewed mentioned the added difficulties of being a woman and an entrepreneur in a man's world.

Among the needs expressed, the lack of financing is the main obstacle for these women, followed by the lack of support from other professionals in the sector. We also mentioned the lack of social support in some cases, as these women carry out jobs that have always been considered to be men's work. However, other women interviewed tell us how they have served as an example for other women in their communities, which has helped them to continue with their projects.

As the main benefits of entrepreneurship, they highlight first of all the possibility of contributing something new and positive to the community and the benefits of living in a rural area. Finally, the women emphasise the feeling of freedom after having developed their businesses.

From AIFED, we consider socio-cultural values as key elements to overcome any disparity and we expose the benefits that society obtains from the contributions of any individual to a sustainable development of the rural environment.

Presentation of the new flipbook of the debate “Democracy In Crisis”.

e present the flipbook of the debate 'Democracy In Crisis'. Under the project ``My Democratic Europe'' this debate took place on 16/09/2021 with the participation of young people in Granada to discuss the current situation of democracy in Europe, the attack on European values and the feeling of belonging among young people.

The second online LTTA of the project has taken place.

The Directorate of Primary Education of Thesproatia, Greece, has been responsible for this second LTTA of the S.T.E.P. (Student Transition in Education Paths) project. During four days (27th - 30th 2021), the associations and schools belonging to the project have been able to enjoy this online meeting and continue to advance in the project.

During the last three months, the partners have conducted surveys with teachers (primary and early childhood education) to analyse the situation in each country of the practices used in terms of educational transition.

Each partner presented the results of the surveys and we were able to draw final conclusions from the results.

The schools that are part of this project presented their installations, activities carried out and the mission of their schools. These schools were: Igoumenitsa primary and special needs school; Igoumenitsa kindergarten; Glyki kindergarten and Paramythia kindergarten.

In addition, the coordinating school of the project, the Directorate of Primary Education of Thesproatia, presented the Greek education system and we were able to get to know their region and their schools.

Thank you for the work done and these four fantastic days!

We have held the Kick Off Meeting of the project in Granada

The Power of Stories Kick Off Meeting took place on the 25th and 26th of October. Thanks to the improvement of the health situation in the countries of the consortium, we have been able to hold this meeting in Granada.

During the last months, the partners have selected 15 stories per association and presented the results at this meeting. Each story has been assigned a main value, within the five values we work with: success and self-esteem; empowerment; reframing, creativity, vision and goal setting.

During the meeting, the partners decided how to present the 60 collected stories, as well as the structure of the future flipbook with the stories. This flipbook will have an introduction to the values and will be divided into chapters according to the value and will contain the corresponding stories.

To conclude Intellectual Output 1 (IO1) of the project, we have presented the research of the partner August Vermeylenfonds and will frame the research of the other partners as a theoretical framework.

As for Intellectual Output 2 (IO2), we have a common reflection on the topics we will deal with in the modules to work on the stories with adults and the structure of these modules. Each partner will cover a specific topic and we have agreed that by the end of December the first theoretical part will be finalised.

The agreed structure for the modules:

  1. Theoretical part

2.Practical application

3.Activities and stories

From AIFED, coordinator of the project, we thank the partners for the work done and we are really happy to have been able to celebrate this meeting. We keep working hard!

On 25 September we held a seminar on geothermal energy where we explained how geothermal energy is innovating agriculture in Spain in order to highlight this theme for next year. The seminar was broadcast live on Facebook and in Google meet!