Webinar Wednesdays 2021 Series

After the success of Webinar Wednesdays in 2020, we will hold a new series of nine weekly webinars to support beneficiaries of and newcomers to European programmes! This series of Webinar Wednesdays will provide learning and training opportunities for people involved in Education and Training, Youth, and Civic Society in Ireland. It will explore the key priorities and values that underpin European Programmes.

We will continue to support participants to adapt to the current COVID-19 crisis through peer-to-peer learning and expert discussions. Each week we will discuss a different theme, as well as share updates on the new Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes for 2021-2027.

The collaboration encouraged and facilitated by the Webinar Wednesday sessions proved particularly beneficial for Lisa Downes, a Youth Worker at St. Andrews Resource Centre on Dublin's Pearse St.

Describing her experience of the 2020 sessions for a recent Léargas blog post, she said: "What it was showing was that we all had the same barriers, all the same hurdles, but at the same time, there was a lot of inspiration. People were saying, you know, it’s still achievable... It gave you the confidence to continue."

Feelings of isolation have become common for many of us over the last 11 months, but Lisa found that Webinar Wednesdays helped counteract this for her. "It was a nice opportunity to go beyond the walls, not just of Pearse Street, but beyond the walls of Dublin. It was really nice to reconnect with people and engage with people."

You can see recordings under each event below, and from the Autumn Series here and the previous Spring Series here.

Webinar One: Giving Voice to Primary Pupils' Plurilingual Repertoire
24 March 2021, 10:30-11:30am

Sector: All sectors
Let all your primary students’ languages be seen and heard in school! EAL pupils are not the only ones who would benefit from having more opportunities to use and develop their home language(s) at school. By fostering an interest and curiosity in learning further languages, a plurilingual approach to language education benefits all learners and develops all pupils’ intercultural communication. Join us to hear from Dr. Déirdre Kirwan, who together with Professor David Little co-authored the Primary Intercultural Guidelines. The guidelines are based on the work led by Déirdre when principal of Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Watch the recording on YouTube


Webinar Three: Good Partnership=Good Projects!

7 April 2021, 10:30-11:30am
Sector: All sectors
COVID-19 has brought new emphasis to the importance of good partnership in EU projects. Good communication and partnership building takes time to cultivate, and can have big consequences if it goes wrong! We will explore good practice in partnership building:

  • How to manage a breakdown in partnership

  • What we have learned from COVID-19

How to bring that learning forward.

Watch the recording on YouTube.

Webinar Four: Introducing EPALE for the VET Sector
14 April 2021, 10:30-11:30am

Sector: VET
Objectives: EPALE is the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe. It targets professionals including VET practitioners. While usually associated with Adult Education, EPALE has many benefits for the VET sector also. We will give an overview of the platform focusing on newcomers. We will demonstrate the benefits and how it can be used by those working in the VET sector. We will guide attendees through the platform, helping to maximise the many benefits it has to offer.

Watch the recording on YouTube.


Webinar Five: Supporting Active Participation of Young People through EU Programmes
21 April 2021, 10:30-11:30am

Sector: Youth/European Solidarity Corps
Objectives: How can youth participation be supported and encouraged by those working with young people, and can EU programmes enhance/facilitate this participation? We will explore possibilities provided by Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps including in particular youth participation activities and Solidarity Projects.

Watch the recording on YouTube.


Webinar Six: Self-care for Mentors/ Accompanying Persons in EU Programmes (Taster)
28 April 2021, 10:30-11:30am

Sector: VET/ESC
Objectives: It is often through the relationship and working with a mentor/supporter a young person can maximise their European experience. The ability to draw out the learning for your young people requires skills that can be learnt. If you are a Mentor/Supervisor or an Accompanying person then this event is for you. This workshop will provide space to reflect on your approach, share the challenges and define what your role is and the boundaries of that role.

Watch the recording on YouTube.


Webinar Seven: Digitalisation – Creators not Consumers
5 May 2021, 10:30-11:30am

Sector: Youth
Objectives: We will explore the use of digital youth work to support media literacy and raise up young voices, supporting young people to be creators not consumers and empowering them to raise awareness of topics important to them.

Watch the recording on YouTube.


Webinar Eight: Creative Ways to Embrace and Celebrate European Identity with Young People
12 May 2021, 10:30-11:30am

Sector: Youth
Ireland is part of Europe and still we tend to talk about “going to Europe...”. How can we embrace and celebrate European identity when working with young people? In this webinar, Eurodesk multipliers and cooperation partners will share successful examples of creative activities for young people to start conversations on European identity, citizenship, and values. Examples will include face-to-face and online interactive events, workshops, competitions, quizzes etc.

Watch the recording on YouTube.


Webinar Nine: How to Create and Sustain Online Engagement
19 May 2021, 10:30-11:30am

Sector: All sectors
Objectives: Over the last year, screen fatigue and difficulty engaging online have been a daily experience for many people. This challenge is exacerbated when trying to work and collaborate with people online. This webinar will discuss methods to retain participants' engagement online, and look at how to enhance your online digital facilitation skills.

Watch the recording on YouTube.



Webinar Two: Sharing your Story - Communication in EU Programmes
26 May 2021, 10:30-11:30am *Deferred from 31 March*

Sector: All sectors
Objectives: Every Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps project has its own story to tell, but is also part of a wider EU programme. We’ll look at the essentials for communicating the goals and results of your project to stakeholders and local media, including guidelines for issuing press releases, as part of the bigger European picture.

Watch our tips on Video Storytelling on YouTube.
Watch the recording on YouTube.


For further information on Webinar Wednesdays, please contact Carmel Walsh.


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