Velenje Meeting Results


Results of Velenje Meeting:

1. Brainstorming about Critical points of ERDE

- activities are very different, maybe this is the strength of ERDE, but has not been really considered enough

- We need more personal contact and maybe less meetings

- "Milestones" (more intensive organisation and structure" should be sought, responsibilities should be distributed.

2. Shall ERDE survive? Which means, shall it be transferred from a project to a network?

The answer is a "yes" by all participants

3. What shall ERDE become in future

Image: ERDE is like an umbrella for very different activities in rural education

Under the umbrella we can find things like:

- UTOPIAN VISIONS - NETWORK OF THEMATIC VILLAGES (iron, wood,crafts) - VILLAGE CLUSTERS (creative regions, like the one in Malechowo, to reach critical mass) - NETWORKS OF EDUCATORS - REGIONAL INFORMATION COACHING

all these things must work by themselves. ERDE is there to simply - spread information - make meaningful connections - keep energy alive

4. Needs

- Money - Structure - clearly defined purpose & goals - raise the activity of ALL members (no contradiction to the idea of a "core team" - create a core team with responsibilities

Looking to the Lithuanian Workshop:

Central theme:

"Country tourism, ediucation and rural development"

Main Question:

"How does tourism influence education?"

- education of local people

- education of tourists

- education of teachers and professionals

Other Questions:

"What is the role of the Internet in rural tourism?"

"What is the role of the identification of the characteristics of a location, in rural tourism and in rural development in general?"

"Can Communication between villages help to improve skills and crafts?"

"How can villages form clusters?"

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