Giunti Labs Hosts International Training Event

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More than 100 teachers and trainers involved in &ldquo;eLearning for teachers and trainers in the MEDA region,&rdquo; 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.<br /> <br />The initiative, which is part of the wider regional project MEDA ETE (Education and Training for Employment), aims at enhancing the use of ICT for teaching and learning and promotes their further integration into the overall vocational and educational training (VET) reform processes in the countries. <br /> <br />About 150 trainers from the 10 MEDA countries learn via blended learning &mdash; both online, through an e-learning open source portal (Moodle) and in classroom with cycles of face-to-face meetings in each participating country to support the participants&rsquo; learning path. <br /> <br />This important regional training was the first classroom-based training meeting organized under the project. For the first time, this event brought together all the teachers of the MEDA region who are attending the course. <br /> <br />The event took place in the Annunziata Convent in the Bay of Silence (Baia del Silenzio), in Sestri Levante, the headquarters of Giunti Labs, a provider of learning and knowledge content management solutions that leads the design, development and delivery of the e-learning program in the MEDA ETE project. <br /> <br />ETE (Education and Training for Employment) is an ambitious project that has been introduced within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. It is being implemented within the &ldquo;Barcelona process,&rdquo; a wide framework of political, economic and social relations between the member states of the European Union and partners of the Southern Mediterranean. <br /> <br />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.<br /> <br />The MEDA ETE regional project, which lasts three years, is financed by the European Commission with a budget of 5 million euros. It is implemented by the ETF (European Training Foundation), an EU agency that supports the development of education and training systems in its partner countries. <br /> <br />Acting on behalf of the European Union, ETF supports these countries in the development of individuals&rsquo; ability and knowledge in order to improve living conditions and provide an active community and democratic society that respects human rights and cultural diversity.<br /> <br />The e-learning component of the regional MEDA ETE project aims to help the countries of the MEDA region (Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco) to further develop and strengthen teachers&rsquo; and trainers&rsquo; professional qualifications. This is done through the increasing use of e-learning solutions and services and aims to train about 150 teachers of public and private institutes throughout the 10 countries of the region in the use of new technologies for online teaching and training. <br />

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