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Euneos Newsletter 6/2021

(7.6. 2021) EU’s COVID 19 digital certificate vs. Finnish law

From Monday 7 June 2021,  you can enter Finland without restrictions on a business trip flying from the Schengen countries. The Schengen area comprises 26 European countries.

The participation of teachers and principals in Erasmus + KA1 courses is undoubtedly a task of their job, no question about that. The staff of schools are trained in the in-service training program of the Erasmus + program. The program funds cross-border mobilities which are based on the projects of schools. The aim is to equally develop the skills and opportunities of school staff in the 32 countries that have joined the Erasmus + program.

In addition to the Schengen area, business travel by air will be liberalized in traffic between Finland and Andorra, Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, San Marino, Cyprus and Monaco.

How does Finland welcome foreign teachers who apply for in-service training for courses held in this country? First of all, it should be noted that there is a lot of Erasmus + courses on offer in Finland. Finland is the most popular target in the Nordic and Baltic countries as a course organizer and also surpasses the countries of Central Europe in the absolute number of Erasmus + courses offered.

At the same time as the borders are being opened, the EU has prepared a common certificate that would open up travel within the EU in general. The COVID 19 Digital Certificate will facilitate safe free movement of citizens in the EU during the pandemic. The certificate will be introduced in EU Member States. Countries can start issuing and using it already and it will become available in all EU Member States as of 1 July 2021. Read more >>

How about teachers and principals coming to Finland?

It goes without saying that schools are reluctant to send their important staff to courses without knowledge of the threats, restrictions and sanctions. For example, quarantine could be detrimental not only to the employee’s own work but to the work of the entire school.

Is it certain that a common EU corona passport would suffice? Or is there any need for other possible certifications, testing, or quarantine in addition?

Despite the EU’s common line and the COVID-19 passport, each country has its own decision-making power on how to deal with entry during a pandemic.

It is therefore worth preparing for possible solutions that deviate from the EU line, both in your own country and in the target country. The lengths of Erasmus + courses vary from a couple of days to 10 days. Of course, everyone wants to make sure they don’t get sick themselves and don’t infect others during that time.

Finland has managed its own situation of corona infections quite well, and the country is one with the lowest number of infections and deaths in Europe in relation to population. Therefore, the starting points for participating in Erasmus + courses are good in Finland. Euneos has already published its own guidelines for COVID-19 a year ago and the measures will be updated due to the situation, read more >>

In practice, people come to Finland for Erasmus + courses almost always by plane. As great an idea as Erasmus + ‘green travel’ is, it doesn’t work for Finland. You can easily tell by looking at the map. Air travel can also be justified by the fact that it is indeed a business trip and not a leisure trip. In water and land transport, on the other hand, Finland may continue to allow entry only for necessary reasons (with an exception of border co-operation with Norway in the north).

At the same time as the EU has prepared the COVID-19 digital certificate, the Finnish government is bringing a proposal on entry to Parliament. The two solutions can hardly be in conflict with each other. The same basic requirements are included in both cases. The traveller must have a certificate of a diseased corona, a certificate of a corona vaccination or a negative test result.

The EU states on its certificate: “Member States should refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate,” but adds, “unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health.”

In its bill, will the Finnish government perhaps go further in the restrictive direction than in the EU?

The leading Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat writes on 4 June 2021, “Finland would allow entry without additional conditions to anyone who has received a full series of coronavirus vaccines or has been protected from covid-19 disease.

Thus, a full series of vaccinations could mean, for example, two doses in the case of Pfizer and Biontech, or one dose in the case of Johnson & Johnson.

The possible COVID 19 illness should not be longer than six months.
A negative coronavirus test result would allow entry, but passengers would be required to take another test within 3-5 days of entry. The Department of Health and Welfare is already instructing voluntary quarantine for the waiting time for the test. The same guidance would probably be maintained.

In any case, the passenger should have a negative corona test result obtained in advance. If this is not the case, the passenger should apply for the test as soon as he or she arrives in Finland and for another test within 3-5 days.”

How would the requirements be monitored?

HS continues, “The municipalities where the border crossing points are located would be responsible for checking the certificates.

If it is not possible to check the advance certificates of all immigrants, the checks can be carried out on a random basis, the bill states.”

Nothing is so bad that there is something good about it. Crises teach in their own way, through the difficult. Action against the pandemic has forced the EU to find common means and solutions agreed by member states in an emergency. One great solution is a common corona passport, which is digital but can be printed on paper too, of course.

In the future, the introduction of common documents will certainly be easier than before. Things are going to be streamlined.

(1 June 2021) Erasmus+ courses of Euneos to be opened next

Dear colleagues,
today I will listen to my favourite song Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits, for I have just got my 2nd dose of COVID 19 vaccination on Tuesday 1 June 2021.
I hope you have all been vaccinated or will receive your doses soon. It gives a real sense of relief and helps us to face the future.
As the pandemic eases, travel is on the rise again in Europe. At the same time, many venues are being opened for Erasmus + training. I’d like to inform you about the matter in this newsletter.
The Euneos FI course offer is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Erasmus + program. Have a look at our course portfolio>>

Our course locations are well connected to different parts of Europe. Unfortunately, green travel to courses in Finland is hardly possible to all of you within the time limit of travel.
Erasmus + mobilities are essentially part of the work of teaching staff and they are important in raising European awareness. We therefore hope that anyone interested could have access to Erasmus+ courses. Go to see the the registration form, or mail to courses@euneos.eu.
Detailed information about blended courses with online components and about Euneos’ online courses.

Finland being a Schengen country, we take it for granted that COVID 19 digital certificate is going to be valid also here after the summer holidays. However, Euneos has not yet confirmed our domestic Erasmus+ courses, because the travel restrictions in autumn 2021 are still not quite clear in this country.

If you are more interested you can read about them in more detail on the web page of THL, the Finnish national health authority.

Read about the border security rules for travelers to Finland from Schengen countries till June 15.

Otherwise we are having a pretty good situation with infections going down and the vaccination programme is advancing at a steady pace. There are only two areas currently where the Indian mutation of the virus has spread swiftly, and the experts are no sure how well the different vaccinations will protect against it.

Links to Estonian information

Travelling to Estonia
Passenger advice for Estonia

So, we’ll update the confirmations/ postponements of autumn courses once we have enough information.

Should we need to postpone some of the early autumn courses still, we hope that the schools registered might make use of latter additional sessions instead.

Yours kindly,
Ilpo Halonen, Euneos FI

(26 May 2021) Will Erasmus + courses be opened after the summer?

26/5/2021. Dear colleagues! I hope you have been able to continue your work in a safe manner.

In this newsletter, we tell you about the opportunities for teacher training in the Erasmus + program.

Many of the school mobilities already funded by the program are awaiting implementation. Due to the pandemic, it has not been possible to organize Erasmus + KA1 courses for more than a year. So what are the prospects at the moment?

The capacity of the Finnish course provider Euneos to organize trainings is still quite good, and we believe that the same is true for most other course organizers.

Much now depends on matters that can be decided by EU, governments and authorities. How to ensure that travel, hotels, course venues, etc. are safe?

A significant part of Euneos’ courses are in Helsinki and Tallinn. The question arises, how is Finland preparing to open travel? The Finnish government has just passed proposals for new laws on entry to prevent the spread of the corona infections of foreign origin in Finland. The laws are due to enter into force as soon as possible.They would be valid until the end of May 2022.

This is how the leading Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat writes about the matter 26.5. 2021. ”According to the government’s bill on the entry model, a tourist arriving in Finland must have a reliable certificate of a diseased corona, an acceptable certificate of a corona vaccination series or a negative corona test result within six months.”

”If a person arriving in Finland could not present a corona test certificate, he or she should take the test upon arrival in Finland. In addition, individuals who do not have a vaccination certificate or a certificate of illness should undergo a second test 3 to 5 days after entry. If the traveler did not have any of the above certificates, he could be turned away.”

The above proposals on certificates are in line with the content of the EU COVIC-19 certificate. Link to Questions & Answers»

When the certificate of the EU is introduced next summer, as suggested, travel to Finland should be comparable to other Schengen countries. As a member country of the EU, Finland is committed to follow the rules of the bloc.

Northern Lights: Integrative Practices is the first of of domestic courses of Euneos FI in autumn 2021. The course location is Inari, 1300 km north of Helsinki. It is the northernmost corner of the EU. The date is August 24-30 (reserve September 26 – October 2, 2021).

The organization of that course should be successful for all, in terms of health safety. Finnish Lapland has been the most popular destination for domestic tourists throughout the pandemic.Tens of thousands of Finns visit tourist attractions in Lapland all time.

In case the restrictions of traveling for foreigners in Finland would be (which we don’t see probable) stricter than in other European countries, Euneos FI can change venues of Erasmus+ courses to our other venues in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Netherlands and Estonia. The change of venue from one country to another is a normal procedure in Erasmus+ program, and can be made by consent of the National agency.

(24 May 2021) Dear colleagues! We hope you are doing well at this challenging time.
Euneos Newsletter 6/2021 tells you about traveling to Erasmus+ course venues.

Will Erasmus + courses be open to participants soon? What happens when the pandemic eases? In this newsletter 6/2021, we are talking about what kind of relief vaccinations and the EU corona passport will bring to the situation?

When are we able to travel with EU’s COVID travel pass? When can we get one? Hopefully, by June. The regulation will come into force on July 1 and will have a six-week phasing-in period for any member states that need more time. However, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday the system would be ready at an EU level “in the next few days”. Would it mean that themember states could begin their domestic rollouts immediately?

EU’s COVID travel pass vs national certificates

Even before the EU corona certificate is there, many European countries, among them Finland, are going to resort to national certificates, so ‘travel bubbles’ may exist between individual countries. Undoubtedly, the EU’s common certificate has the greatest impact on travel in Europe, so EU’s COVID travel pass will probably be the game changer. It is really important for Erasmus + mobilities.

The information of EU*s certicifate includes 1) a valid certificate of corona vaccination, 2) a negative corona test result and 3) a certificate that the person has earlier had corona disease. The common corona certificate of the EU has to be accepted by all EU countries. For other certificates, EU countries can make their own decisions. In that case, everyone must find out before the trip what kind of certificate is required in the country of destination and whether a national corona vaccination certificate alone is valid or not.

Green traveling – yes but how?

We all know that air travel has a detrimental effect on the environment, but it is worth remembering that Erasmus + mobility is a matter of professional travel, different from tourism.

It is difficult to imagine that course participants could travel to Finland, for example, without using flights. Privileging ’green travel’ by trains, bus or car may be a good idea for countries of Central Europe, but it discriminates countries such as Finland whose geographical location makes green travel virtually impossible regarding short courses of Erasmus+ KA120-SCH.

More questions can be asked and answers read on the Euneos Facebook group, read more>>

Link to Euronews’ Everything you need to know about the EU’s COVID travel pass, click here»

Online courses of Euneos

Blended courses are an option in the new Erasmus+ program 2021-2027. ”In addition to physical mobility, all staff mobility activities can be blended with virtual activities. The minimum and maximum durations specified above apply to the physical mobility component.” (Erasmus+ Guide 2021, p. 95).

If chosen, the option of blended mobilities added more value to applications of schools in Erasmus+ Call 2021. We have transformed half of Euneos’ courses (13/25) in our Redesign project 1.7. 2020 – 31.3.2021. Traditional courses of Euneos FI can be organised with online components tailored together with schools.

As as long as COVID 19 interferes with the organization of Erasmus + KA courses, participation in online courses can be paid from Erasmus + grant, more precisely from organisational support of grants (€ 350). This applies to grants awarded in previous years, no longer for Erasmus+ Call 2021.

Mail to courses@euneos.eu to register, or use our registration forms.
How to avoid cancellation of pending mobilities and get full training online, Read more

VET course: Let’s learn about Vocational education and training in Finland, Next courses: 2-15 June, 6-17 September, 1-12 November 2021. Read more

Migrants’ course: Let’s Use ICT in Teaching & Learning of Newly-Arrived Migrants, DONE 6-27.4. Next courses 7-10 June, 7-28 September, 2-23 November 2021. Read more

Future skills – schools defending the planet against the climate change. Next courses 11-15 June, 20 July-1 August, 17-19 September, 12-14 November 2021. Read more

Integrated curriculum – teaching global skills, 5-7 May 2021 DONE. Next courses 16-18 June, 8-10 September, 3-5 November 2021. Completion to full online course on demand. Read more

Coaching strategies for schools – Turn change into lasting education benefits . Next courses : 23 – 25 June, 7-10 October, 10-12 November 2021. Completion to full online course on demand. Read more

A Classroom in My Back Pocket – Delivering the Curriculum at Home & in School with steps to virtual facilitation of sessions. Next courses 14 – 25 September, 15 – 27 November 2021. Read more

Game-Based learning. About theory and practice of game-based learning & gamification, 4 – 8 January 2021 DONE, 22 – 26 March DONE, 17 – 21 May 2021 DONE. Next courses 13-17 September, 14-17 December 2021. Read more

Digital STEAM. Teaching integrated science, art and mathematics with digital devices, DONE 11 – 26 March , next course on demand. Read more

eAssessment. Assessment of/for learning with digital tools, next course on demand. Read more

Digital turn: How to make your school more digital, next course on demand. Read more

Playful Science Education for small children through play, drama and stories. ON-GOING, self-paced continuous course. Read more

How to Make Your School More International, next course on demand. Read more

Options of
online components and full courses

  • Lead-in online training unit (16-24 hrs), 160 €
  • Completion to full online course (12-20 hrs), 190 €
  • Blended mobility (48 hrs) : lead-in unit + KA1 course on site 650 €
  • Full online training (36 hrs): lead-in unit + completion unit 350 €

If the on-site part of a blended mobility fails, the lead-in component can lead to full online course. There should be nothing that prevents schools to use part of their grant for online training during the pandemic. All online courses above can be funded by the organisational support (350€) of Erasmus+ grant, read what the commission says>>

The new Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027 tells it like it is: ”In addition to physical mobility, all staff mobility activities can be blended with virtual activities.” (Erasmus+ Guide 2021, p. 95)

Those who register for Euneos courses can inform that they are also willing to take an optional online component. Blended courses of Euneos can vary up to the course and trainer. Provided that there are the minimum number of registrants, the online component will be run in the framework of the whole Erasmus+ KA1 course. The course fee of a blended course will be equal to a full on-site course.

Euneos teams are experienced to handle big groups from the same school or from a consortium of schools. Euneos trainers can help both on site and online, and our experts can also be invited to travel to any venue. Mail to courses@euneos.eu to consult Euneos admin.

If uncertain consult your National Agency. Link to National agencies>>
Other funding is possible too. Courses are certified by Euneos FI, the Finnish Erasmus KA1 course provider.
Go to registration or mail to courses@euneos.eu!


A Classroom in My Back Pocket – also online now!

At home or in school, learn how to fully utilise the opportunitiesfor teaching and learning that mobile digital devices and applications provide.

START YOUR COURSE ONLINE NOW!

Short online course – general

With Euneos, you can start your Erasmus+ course online now! Our short online courses were created in the Redesign project of our traditional on-site courses. Schools whose projects were granted before 2021 can use their organisational support (up to 350€)  for online purposes, including Euneos online courses. This concerns pending Erasmus+ mobilities and will remain in force until COVID 19 prevents their normal implementation. Read more>>

Target Group:

  • Teachers and management of primary and secondary school

Main topics of the course

The course covers a wide range of innovative tools that help to drive and upskill teachers’ digital skills and strategy in order to create and distribute engaging curriculum content that can be delivered  purposely to students at home or in school.

The last 12 months have demonstrated the huge adaptability and resourcefulness of everyone in the education sector in reimagining the use of everyday technology to provide continuity of learning in very challenging and critical circumstances.

Slowly, as parts of life and society begin to move forward, the experiences and difficulties of teaching remotely have helped us as educators develop digital skills and approaches to learning that have enable us to present learning opportunities more effectively and in a way that the idea of “a classroom in my back pocket” becomes a distinct possibility. 

This course looks to further develop ideas of creating a platforms that can be used by an individual teacher or a school to host and present a content that can be accessed and responded to by students at any time, in any setting with any device

The lead-in, “A Classroom in My Back Pocket” course is conducted over two sessions with additional tasks to help reinforce and develop both practical skills and strategic vision for using mobile technology for creative curriculum content delivery.

Trainer

Peter Rafferty

On-site courses

Courses on site are scheduled followingly

10- 16.10.2021, Thessaloniki Greece
8- 14.5.2022, Thessaloniki Greece
9-15.10.2022, Thessaloniki Greece
14-20.5.2023, Thessaloniki Greece

Apply / Contact

Click here to apply or to contact us. Those who want to apply for KA1 grant and would like to receive our support documents, will find there a link to our enlisting form. Schools that have received a grant, will find there a contact form.

Educational visits and cultural program will be offered to those who have participated in the lead-in unit if they don’t want to repeat the same themes in the on-site course . The lead-in online unit is a bonus. The price paid as a fee is an advance payment for your onsite course fee.
The course can also be an independent entity of learning with certificate.

The Erasmus + program 2021-2027 offers the opportunity of blended courses for schools that were granted in the Erasmus Call 2021. Thanks to transformation of courses into virtual format, Euneos can also provide blended courses with online components desired by schools.

A Classroom in My Back Pocket – Delivering the Curriculum at Home & in School with steps to virtual facilitation of sessions. Completion to full online course on demand

LEAD-IN ONLINE TRAINING COURSE “A CLASSROOM IN MY BACK POCKET”

Download the programme>>

Total work load: 16 hours.
Next short online courses:
14 – 25 September 2021
15 – 27 November 2021

Fee: 160 € + VAT 38,40 €. VAT 0% when registering with a VAT-number/tax code. This payment will be deducted from the fee of the corresponding KA1 course on site.
Register to this lead-in course by sending email to courses@euneos.eu.


COVID-19 Euneos Policy

Your health and safety, and keeping COVID-19 epidemic in control, are important to Euneos. In order to balance that commitment with the need for lifelong learning, we have taken the following precautions:


Courses

All Euneos courses between March 2020 and May 2020 were postponed due to the epidemic. Registered participants were supported by offering the client organizations an opportunity to move their registrations to latter sessions.

From August 2020 onwards, arrangements of each course are decided after careful consideration taking into account the situation in course location, and both national and EU recommendations.

In order to support learning also during these difficult times, Euneos has organized 13 free webinars during the lockdown. Information about the future webinars, when confirmed, will be found on Euneos website (https://www.euneoscourses.eu)


Safety arrangements in our courses

Each course will be  arranged if the location is considered safe by the authorities.
Euneos collaborates closely with the course venues, and chooses venues that are taking the new health requirements seriously. Special attention is paid to cleaning and hygiene of the venue.

Course venues are arranged so that the safe distance between all participants can always be kept.

The recommendations about the face mask use depend on the country and the general situation of the epidemic. The participants will be informed well in advance of how they should be prepared. Euneos recommends that the participants bring their own masks and hand sanitizer with them, as their availability in different locations cannot be guaranteed.


Recommendations for participants

Make flexible travel plans in case a course needs to be postponed due to an outbreak. Currently, many airlines give good flexible ticket options. Choose also accommodation on flexible terms.

In case a new outbreak prevents us from arranging a course, all participants are given options for rescheduling their registration to a latter session, but Euneos is not responsible for potential travel expenses of the participants.

Please postpone your participation in case you have any Covid-19 symptoms and inform the course administration (courses@euneos.eu) and the main trainer about it as soon as possible.

Future skills – schools defending the planet against the climate change – now also online

We need a new generation with competences to tackle the challenges of climate change and the sustainability crisis
(Climate university)

This lead in course is intended for teachers, principals and school counsellors, who want to look for the future and maybe be in the first front. Future skills course has been created to show you how to develop yours own and student’s futures consciousness and future skills with different exercises and solve the wicked problems like climate change.  Practical approach to difficult problems! This course can be both part of full online course, and an independent unit of learning. All are welcome!

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