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The SERN General Assembly 2016 was hosted by the Municipality of Trollhättan. Several activities took place from thursday 19th to saturday 21th of May.
Seminar on Project Cycle Management (8.30 – 10.00)
The seminar aimed at providing an overview of the methodology used within the network to develop projects according to a step-by-step approach based on project cycle management. Issues addressed included how to develop a project idea in the project cycle phases of indicative programming and identification.
Seminar on Agriculture as a tool for increasing integration and competitiveness
The seminar addressed the issue of employment in rural areas as an important tool to increase integration and social inclusion. In the last year, at EU level, particular attention was paid to the inclusion of young farmers in the sectors to increase, on the one hand, the employment rate and competitiveness of these areas, and on the other hand, to tackle the problem of abandoning rural landscapes. In the meantime, agriculture can offer significant opportunities to involve marginalized categories such as refugees, young people with disabilities or addictions, people with economic difficulties or low contractual capacity. Working in the agriculture sector, can become a way to offer the chance of a “green integration”?
Study Visits on education welfare (Immigration) and Innovatum
Seminar on integration of migrants in education
The seminar addressed the issue of migration and its impact on local and regional policies. In particular, the contributions focused on the challenges pertaining integration of refugees and, more in general immigrants, in the field of education. Some of the questions addressed were: how a multicultural approach in education can facilitate the integration process? How quality can be improved through fostering the participation of families in the life of the educational services? What new skills should the teachers be equipped with in order to cope with the current situation?
Seminar on the 50-50 Project
The 50/50 project introduced the themes of environmental sustainability and energy saving at school by making use of a methodology that fosters changes in pupils´ behavior both at school and at home. The seminar was the occasion for the participating schools from Italy and Sweden to meet and share the results of the second year of activity.
The seminar started with presentations from schools and municipalities about the project activities and the savings achieved. Working groups were organized to provide more information about the project. In the afternoon the participants in the project visited two 50/50 schools in Vänersborg and Trollhättan.
Seminar on the future of local elderly care policies in ageing communities
The seminar addressed the changing nature of elderly care in the light of current demographic trends and the main challenges the elderly care services at local level are currently facing. In particular, themes addressed included strategies fostering of home care, deinstitutionalization, and the new skills required by the staff to deal with elderly in a multiethnic society
Seminar on industrial conversion and the impact on local development
Due to the economic crisis, a number of large and SME companies have closed / moved. The seminar addressed the implications this has had on some local economic contexts in the network and which responses the local and regional authorities can put in place to relaunch local economic growth through innovation in urban and rural contexts.
SERN General Assembly
Order of Business and Minutes of the Assembly