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Transnational Meeting Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania Colegiul Energetic November 21-25 2017

Local Activities in Romania

SURVEY – The importance of the Learning platform

Report of the transnational meeting in Râmnicu Vâlcea

The second transnational meeting of the project took place in Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania between the 21st of November and the 25th of November, 2017 at COLEGIUL ENERGETIC.

The participants of the meeting were 3 teachers from Turkey, 2 teachers from Latvia, 2 teachers from Spain, 2 teachers from Croatia, and over 10 teachers from Romania.

meeting

The main goals of the meeting were:

  1. Work on E-learning platform;
  2. Discussions on the project progress;
  3. Work on ETwinning;
  4. Discussions about future mobilities and financial aspects;
  5. Discussions about Mobility Tool and final report;
  6. Results of the survey completed by students – The importance of the Learning platform;
  7. Certificates for students working on the platform – models and database of the exams results;
  8. Visit to the Chamber of Commerce – presentation about entrepreneurs from Valcea County;
  9. Group work – the achievements and problems of students business plans;
  10. Business ideas – Workshop;
  11. Visit to known entrepreneurs/ companies from Valcea county – Sano Vita, Vilmar, Gammastil;
  12. Reflection and evaluation of the meeting.

The 21st of November

The project partners from Latvia, Turkey, Spain and Croatia arrived in Râmnicu Vâlcea and they were welcomed by the Romanian team. The teachers participated to an informal dinner, where they had the chance to make new friends.

The 22nd of November

The participants of the project were welcomed by the Headmaster of Colegiul Energetic, teachers, students and local representatives. In the introduction, the hosts welcomed the guests and informed the participants on the meeting programme. Young entrepreneurs from Colegiul Energetic presented their business or future business.

The groups of teachers from each country shared presentations about local activities from the beginning of the project in 2015 until now. All teams impressed the audience.

The work session included:

  • Organization of the project – goals of the project
  • It was presented the report of the survey ”The Importance of the Learning Platform”
  • Certificates for students working on the platform

Before lunch, the teachers were invited to visit The Chamber of Commerce. Here, they found out information about the entrepreneurship in Valcea County.

The work session continued at Vâlcea County Library with group work (discussions about the web page of the project, ETwinning, Mobility tool, final report) and with an interesting workshop ”Handmade by Ozana” – a good idea for business.

In the evening, the students and teachers attended a wonderful concert at ”Victor Giuleanu” Art High School, in partnership with Colegiul Energetic. The participants appreciated the students’ performance and enjoyed the activity.

The day ended with a relaxing dinner, where the participants got the chance to improve their English skills and to find out more about the educational systems and cultural aspects from all the countries.

 

The 23th of November, 2017

The day started with a work session at Valcea County Library.

The participants discussed about:

  • The achievements and problems of students business plans, discussions about job market;
  • Mobilities – confirmation of the destinations and periods;
  • Financial aspects;
  • Planning next meeting;
  • Debates;
  • Reflection of the meeting.

 

Then the participants visited some representative companies from Valcea county:

Sano Vita

–SanoVita is a manufacturer and processor certified by the relevant authorities for the following activities:

– Manufacture of grain products (extruded, expanded, pasta), fruit and vegetable juices and soybean (tofu)

– Storage, packing and trading of food products: cereals (pressed, extruded, expanded, germ, bran, flour, gluten, starch, pasta), oil seeds, dried and expanded grain, sugar, dried and candied fruits, salt.

The company is counting more than 20 years of experience in the field of food education, education through the offer of high quality products, made with the latest technology, protecting at the same time the environment.

VILMAR

Covering 25 hectares of which 10 are workshops hosting the latest technology equipment, employing a staff of nearly 400, being directly connected to the major transportation routes, the company is located in the southern industrial zone of Ramnicu Valcea city.

Vilmar manufactures and sells a diversified range of technological equipment and components parts used in several industries: petroleum and natural gas, chemical, petrochemical, energy, mining, nuclear, water, subsea, etc.

Gammastil – Natural remedies

There is a 5 store chain selling a wide range of medicinal and aromatic herbs, food supplements and cosmetics in the form of teas, tinctures, extracts, capsules containing solid or liquid, regular or coated tablets, syrups, solutions for internal use or external, ova, suppositories, creams, gels, perfumes, etc.

At the request of consumers, they also sell gluten-free products, various kinds of cereals and dried fruits, intimate hygiene products, diapers for babies and old ladies, etc.

In the evening participants visited Râmnicu Vâlcea.

The 24th of November, 2017

The last day, participants concluded on their work and discussed about tourism entrepreneurship, visiting Bran Castle, a landmark of Romania.

After getting back to Râmnicu Vâlcea, all participants had to fill in an evaluation form, regarding the activities performed during this reunion.

In conclusion, the meeting met its goals; the activities were held in a relaxing atmosphere, where everybody enjoyed the time spent together, learning and sharing precious information.

EVALUATION OF THE MEETING

Tenea Codruta, coordinating teacher

Local labor market research

Valka Janis Cimze Gymnasium grade 12 students explored the local labour market and labour resources as a result:

1) students found out what a good employee means (presented in infographics),

2) students interviewed Valka entrepreneurs to discover what employers think about necessary skills and education a good employee must possess; they also learned what kind of employees are needed,

3) students explored statistics on unemployment and employment in Valka municipality,

4) students interviewed Mr. Krauklis (the mayor of Valka municipality) and drew conclusions on the developed fields of economics and companies as will as learned about the planned development of entrepreneurship in the municipality.

10 qualities of an ideal employee

Infografika_InEnglish

Turkey’s Workshop

For our project,we organized the Moodle workshop on 21st. June since it was the best time for the teachers in our region.There were 29 teachers from the schools in Çekmeköy.
First we gave a general information about our project and then introduced the Moodle website.They registered the Moodle page and had the experience to examine the subjects and tasks.They could practice the Moodle platform. At the end they completed a Moodle evaluation form sharing their suggestions about the Moodle.

Simulation Game “Marketing Madness”

Participants: Teams made of 3 people

Description

  1. Students are divided in groups of three and they are all marketing executives.
  2. Students decide a product to invent (shoes, car, soft-drink, medicine, etc.) and they have to come up with a way to market it and then present their idea to the class.
  3. They have to design an advertisement for either a billboard, television commercial or magazine.
  4. Divide the presentation into three parts:

4.1.) Description of the product.

4.2.) Description of the advertising method they have used.

4.3.) Explanation as to WHY they chose certain things in their advertisement (i.e. a beautiful landscape that makes you think of the peaceful way that you feel when you drink this soothing drink).

This is a good way to make everybody speak making full use of every flowery adjective they can find and also a fun exercise in creativity/marketing strategies. This activity also leads to a discussion on the good, the bad, and the ugly of advertising techniques.

This is an easy but fun way to get students of any age up and speaking enthusiastically in front of the class.

Prepared by students from Turkey HOV ALEMDAG TUNC CAPA ANADOLU LISESI

Simulation Game “Build a Building”

Participants: Teams made of 2-4 people

Time needed: An hour and a half or more

Description:

Divide the students into groups. Each group is a company. There are five types of companies: Construction, Real Estate, Labor, Materials, and Equipment. For large classes construction companies have 4 students to a group. All other companies have two to a group. Take a few minutes before class to do the math and ensure that there will be enough of each group type to supply each resource that the construction company needs. Alternately you can limit the amount of one or more resource to increase competition which could lead to a follow up discussion of supply and demand.

Teachers explain how to calculate profit/loss as many students may not realize that they have to figure in monthly expenses to their selling prices.

The companies:

Construction Company:

You have €1,000,000. You must build a building in 4 weeks starting tomorrow.

To build a building you need: 1 parcel of land 10,000 pounds of raw materials 10 construction vehicles for 2 weeks 1000 man-hours of labor.

Real Estate Company:

Try to earn a profit by selling land to the construction companies. Each parcel of land costs you €100,000. Sell for a higher price. You have monthly expenses of €100,000.

Calculate your profit like this: total sales- cost of land- monthly expenses= profit

Equipment Company:

Earn money by renting construction vehicles to the construction companies. You have 20 vehicles. A vehicle can only be rented by one company at a time.

For example: for the first 2 weeks you rent 10 vehicles to company X and 10 vehicles to company Y. You have no vehicles left to rent to company Z during this time, but you can rent to them for the second two weeks.

You have monthly expenses of €355,000.

Calculate your profit like this: total money from rentals – monthly expenses= profit

 Materials Company:

Earn money by selling raw materials to the construction companies. Each penny of raw materials costs you €10. Sell for a higher price.

You have monthly expenses of €40,000

Calculate your profit like this: total sales- cost of raw materials- monthly expenses= profit

Labor Company:

Earn a profit by contracting out laborers to the construction companies. You have 20 laborers in your company. Each laborer can only work 8 hours per day. Each laborer must be paid a wage of €20 per hour of work. Charge the construction companies a higher rate. You have monthly expenses of €25,000.

Calculate your profit like this: Total money received- workers’ wages- monthly expenses= profit

Prepared by students from Turkey HOV ALEMDAG TUNC CAPA ANADOLU LISESI

 

Meeting report

From 19 to 25 March 2017, students and teachers (from Romania, Turkey, Spain, Latvia, and Croatia) participated in the activities of the third meeting of the project ERASMUS+ KA219 ”LEARNING PLATFORM: Young people entrepreneurial skill development possibilities “held in Slavonski Brod – Croatia.

The objectives of the activities were as follows:

  • Presentation of business plans designed by six students of each partner school.
  • Study of business opportunities and market research.
  • Establishing future activities (workshops, conferences, courses, tests, power point presentations, evaluation, and dissemination) and their loading on Moodle platform.
  • Establishing next transnational meetings (Romania).
  • Developing the skills of teamwork and socialization.
  • Developing communication skills in English.
  • Learning about the Serbian-Croatian traditions and culture.

 The First day

Project activities began with presenting some cultural aspects of the region Slavonski Brod – Croatia by dances and traditional music.

After the opening show, students and teachers visited the school, were impressed by the equipment and work labs and offices, specifically in the agro-industrial field of work (veterinary labs, plant cultivation by micro propagation, chemistry, nutrition, forestry, horticulture, floriculture, greenhouses and plantation of herb labs, vegetables and lavender)

Equipping laboratories, landscaped gardens and plantations have been carried out mostly by European Projects, supporting students and teachers to develop entrepreneurial activities.

The Second day

Our first destination was Broski Varos, where we learned the love story of a couple of storks Klepetan and Malena, a representative story of the local community as a tourist attraction.

The second location we visited was ATLANTIC GROUP Company that produces nutritional supplements for athletes. We had no permission to take pictures inside the department of production.

Day 2 ended with a visit to Stara Kapela (Village Museum) where we had the opportunity to taste traditional dishes, to become familiar with aspects of the culture and traditions in the region (traditional folk music, old houses, occupations).

The Third day

This day was devoted to learning activities, socialization, and teamwork. Finished products were made (handmade jewellery, decorations, practical laboratory work, gardening) presentations and posters.

The second part of the day was provided with a visit to the GEO PLAN Company, a surveying company, cadastre and geodesy, where students had the opportunity of learning how to use diverse surveying equipment.

The visit at the TDA Company, one of the largest printing press in Slavonski Brod, gave us the opportunity of seeing the types of printers used in publicity.

The Fourth day

The teachers’s meeting had as main objectives the following:

  • Study of business opportunity and market research for each country.
  • Courses and evaluations.
  • Establishing future activities (workshops, conferences, courses, tests, power point presentations, evaluation, and dissemination) and the loading platform of the Moodle project.
  • Establishing next transnational meetings (Romania).
  • Feedback of the previous activities.
  • Working on the Moodle platform
  • Promoting European cultural values.

The Fifth day

The project meeting ended with a visit of the capital Zagreb as an opportunity to promote local culture and civilization.

Conclusions    

Activities in the third meeting within the following project: ERASMUS+ KA219
”LEARNING PLATFORM: Young people entrepreneurial skill development possibilities” have fully attained the objectives, this provides a very positive feedback on the project’s mission.

Simeanu Iuliana, teacher member

Tenea Codruta, coordinating teacher