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The submission of the careNET project was accepted and selected to make a presentation at LINQ Conference in Rome, Italy on 16-17 May. The project presentation scheduled for 17 May at the LINQ Conference focusing on learning innovations and quality. Watch the livestream here: http://www.learning-innovations.eu/2013/programme

LINQ is a recurring conference on learning innovations and learning quality. This year’s motto of LINQ 2013 is: “Learning Innovations and Quality: The Future of Digital Resources”.

Extending the programme “Help at home” for six months, until 30 September, decided, at their meeting, Interior Minister Evripidis Stylianidis, Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staϊkoyras and the Deputy Minister for labour Nikos Panagiotopoulos.

The extension is necessary in order to prepare in the best possible way the successor programme “Home Care” that has been prepared by the Ministry of labour, “without”, as mentioned, “80,000 beneficiaries of the programme to lose even one day the valuable services provided by 3,500 and most care workers”.

The political leadership of the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of the Interior thanked the employees at “Help at home” for the cooperation so far and pledged that this cooperation will continue as the successor to fully meet the needs of beneficiaries.

Athens Association of Alzheimer’s disease and Related Disorders introduced five years ago the carers day. On the occasion of that day, an event on relief load of carers’ is organised on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Carers of people with Alzheimer will have the opportunity to speak with specialists about problems and difficulties that experience in order to cope better with each patient. Moreover, leaflets will be distributed as well as information on the operating programs of Day Care Centres.

The association is one of the partners of the European program Set Care, Self-study E-learning Tool for the Social Home-care Sector. The overall aim of the project is to improve the skills of care workers in Greece and Bulgaria by adapting an innovative Italian methodology of work qualification and recognition of competencies of the professionals engaged in the field of home care assistance, which takes in account the specific needs of these workers such as language barriers and lack of time / opportunities / money to access traditional courses. The training tool that has been developed in Italy is ASPASIA which provides training on elderly care making use of e-learning (in order to be available anytime and to be cost-effective). The pedagogical materials, currently available in 7 languages, will be adapted and translated in Greek and Bulgarian (to overcome the language barrier).

LINQ is a recurring conference on learning innovations and learning quality. This year’s motto of LINQ 2013 is: “Learning Innovations and Quality: The Future of Digital Resources”. The conference will take place in Rome, Italy on 16-17 May 2013 in the Global Headquarters of United Nations’ organization Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

LINQ 2013 invites all experts, practitioners and interested stakeholders in the fields of lifelong learning, education and training from Europe and all countries worldwide to present, share and discuss experiences, expertise and open questions. The LINQ conference is addressing Innovations and Quality in Lifelong Learning, Education and Training: potential points of access to this field include new learning methods and design, Technology-Enhanced Learning, quality standards and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, digital resources, learning materials, and online collaboration and communities.

The UPCARING project – funded by the European Commission under the LLP Leonardo da Vinci Development of Innovation strand – intends to design and implement an integrated e-learning platform to serve workers and aspiring workers in the home care sector, allowing learners to benefit from three environments to improve their professionalism:
i) the learning resources contained in the platform,
ii) a system for validation of prior learning;
iii) a system for demand/supply matching of home care services assisted by expert operators.
The innovative character of UPCARING lies in the integration between the three systems described above, which allow all-round support to the professionalization of home care workers.
The launch of the UPCARING platform pilot is expected to start in the month of March, when 150 home care workers from the countries involved in the pilot (Italy, Spain, Lithuania and UK) will test the three UPCARING environments.
Please contact Francesca Di Concetto for more info.

eLSe aims at developing and testing an e-learning environment specifically devoted and pedagogically adapted to the needs of learners who have no or almost no experience using computers or who already have some basic experience but are not fully ICT competent. The approach goes far beyond the concept of “elderly people” (who were the primary target group of the project) being able to cover all needs of people who are not digital natives.
The program of the e-learning course covers nearly 100% the requirements for the European e-Citizen certification!