The meeting was all about looking into the future of EuroPeers UK and discussing best possible ways to organise activities. The gathering was not only for experienced EuroPeers but also for new people keen to become EuroPeers. Throughout the day we ran 3 different workshops all in relation to EuroPeers and Erasmus Plus. Before we started with the workshops Olga (Project Coordinator) gave a brief update on the current situation and the progress that had been made in the past months. Andrew (CEO Momentum World) talked about the National Agency, its commitment to Erasmus Plus and the new partnership with EuroPeers UK. Furthermore, he described the future of the network and the upcoming opportunities especially for active EuroPeers.
How to be a EuroPeer workshop introduced newcomers to the network, it was a chance for the existing members to refresh their knowledge about the project and its main aims. There was a creative atmosphere during the workshop which generated ideas for potential activities EuroPeers could do. After the first workshop everyone got really excited about the potential of the entire EuroPeers project and how impactful it could become nationwide.
Over lunch many experiences and ideas were shared, and many lively conversations were going on.
Post-Brexit: Is there a Future for Erasmus Plus? As the very title of the workshop would suggest, this one was strictly revolving around international educational projects and Brexit. It questioned whether Erasmus Plus could successfuly continue with the UK outside EU. We began with sharing some basic information about Erasmus Plus and later everyone sat down in groups to discuss 5 questions all related to the wider sense of the question mentioned before. We used DemocracyOS platform to help facilitate the disucssion. We found it a useful tool as anyone could join, debate and vote on different issues relating to Brexit and Erasmus Plus. We will be using the platform during the same workshop at the European Youth Event in Strasbourg this year. At the end we had many interesting answers submitted by the participants as well as proposed solutions.
The final workshop of the day was on regional hubs and how to become active as a EuroPeer. After we had heard about the qualities a EuroPeer needed, we focused on the activities EuroPeers could do and on how everyone at the meeting could start straight away in their own communities. Before we got to the point of planning our own activities we first had a look at the German EuroPeers model and discussed in which way we could adapt certain ideas into our network. In particular we talked about the structure such as regional groups and the support a EuroPeer would need to become active and start doing/joining events. Moreover, it was important to see which resources might be helpful and how they could be integrated into our online system. In the second part we sat down in groups, divided into their regions so that each group could plan their activities in their local area. We finished off with sharing the ideas and plans to the whole group.
We concluded the event with an open discussion about general questions and a call to action to go out and start being active as EuroPeers.
There will be another General Network Meting held at the end of this year.