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HED Autumn Newsletter NO.1 10 October 2010

Dear Friends :) It is my pleasure to welcome You in HED Team !

HIGHER EDUCATION DAYS

And what is more important that You are still part of us, supporting and taking serious our project! Higher Education is one of our main priorities, no matter if 2010 or 2011 is a year of youth, unemployment or something else. It is important to make the distinction between different issues and something that has so big influence over our life that suppose to be priority every day! That’s why, but also the reality, need and desire of young people to contribute in shaping a prosperous, advanced, modern, democratic and inclusive education sys-

tem, provoke us, HED Team to run a project that can make a difference! In the past, nowadays and in the future the Higher Education will run through a number of turbulent and delicate periods, but now is the time when we can gather and try to change something. I am sure that you all agree that we can learn from each other through discussions, exchanges of experiences and round tables. Therefore there is a need for intensive dialogue in the field of Higher Education, youth policies and youth participation in wider context.

ferent experience, ideas and views that are of great value for all of us, but we will also initiate processes that will in the future become a reality right here, in Europe! Already today and even more tomorrow, Europe HAS TO BE a place, where young people are IMPORTANT figures in the society, who actively participate in decision-making and determination of decisions of development. So ………… can we do it together ?

HED Project Director, Diana Yolova

I sincerely believe that we will not only exchange dif-

PR team welcomes you! The PR team is very happy to present you with the first HED newsletter!

organization visible on AEGEE-L, on the future website and on the future Facebook page!

We hope it is useful and promise to keep you informed on the future. We will try to make your events and each of your

Your PRecious Team: Ana Dumbara and Jorge Miguel

Inside this issue:

Special points of interest:

New FB group

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Animoto...what?

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Fundraising

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Shake your HED in Agora Istanbul!

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IT is here to save the day!

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HEDing for Bologna

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HEDing for Bologna(continued)

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HED Project team will organize a workshop at Agora. Join us Friday at the a crazy session of ‘Shake your HED!’ Angel is working hard for the website! For sure, we will have a section where all our event organizers will be mentioned . Your name will be on the site! :)


New Facebook group! HED will rock on Facebook! And for this we need your help  We will create a new page/ group to promote our event…and to promote you! We will create a special album where to put a picture for every local organizing 1a events! Sooo…take a picture of your team as you want to

small way of saying: Thank you for being a part of this project! Ana Dumbara PR Responsible

(formal, funny, crazy) and send it to ana.dumbara@gmail.com (PR Responsible). Your team and antenna???? Will be tagged and promoted. This is a

Animoto…whaaaat? Dear collegues, it is my pleasure to announce you the end of the slideshow era!!! No more boring pictures and text sliding again …and again…and… The HED team has now an Animoto account! Check out how could their videos can be on the website: www.animoto.com. Normally, an animoto full account costs 30 euros per year. Buuut…we applied for a free account since

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we fight for a cause…and we GOT IT!

to our account and you will have the chance to make killer videos "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always to proremember, you have within you the strength, the pamote tience, and the passion to reach for the stars to your change the world." - Harriet Tubman event!

Soon, you will see the HED team presentation video and hope you’ll get convinced of the magic things Animoto can do! More GOOD NEWS? Any of the antennaes organizing a HED event will have free acces

We got the power! Ana Dumbara PR Responsible

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Fundraising Fundraising for your event should be an opportunity for promoting your event amongst your community and convincing people and companies that they can have a significant contribution in your project’s development and implementation, and at the same time involve their business in a corporate social responsibility activity. An easy fundraiser is possible. If you take the time to plan and get organized before you start raising funds, your campaign will go a lot more smoothly. And remember, you can contact us at anytime for help and advice.

of your organisation. Include your location, main activities and goals, a brief history of your organization) - present a logical, well researched argument on why your organisation is worth sponsoring. Remember that the person reading your proposal may not have heard of your organisation, so never assume that they know who your are, or what you do. Try to create a proposal that is creative, unique and attention grabbing.

Most sponsorships are structured in the form of direct

- explain the nature and extent of any favourable

financial assistance, but this is not the only form of spon-

media coverage your group has received, and

sorship. A second form is "in kind" sponsorship, which

include brief examples (if possible)

involves the sponsor providing different products or

- supply a realistic estimate of the amount of people

goods or. If your organisation is offered "in kind" spon-

who regularly participate in or who aid the spon-

sorship, ask the sponsor to describe the limit, conditions

sored activities - demonstrate the current level of commu-

and value of the "in kind" goods. A good example of “in kind” sponsorship might be

When we recognize that a better word for Fundraising is “friend raising,” we open limitless doors to creativity in support of our causes. - Sue Vineyard ;-P

nity support and awareness for your project. Sponsors have a strong interest in supporting projects that have wide community sup-

your University offering

port (University, Town Hall, Municipality

you a conference room

etc..)

and technical facilities for your one-day event. How to find a sponsor? look at organisations in the local region ( do your members or friends have personal/professional links to a company in your region?) try to contact directly the person who decides about sponsorships Here are a few steps you may consider taking for preparing your fundraise: Review the successes and setbacks you experienced with past campaigns to determine what should be done differently this year. Set a fundraising goal and budget. Meet with your volunteers to distribute tasks and set deadlines. Write a sponsorship proposal - introduce your organization (concise overview

Remember that there are many ways to raise money for a small event, just be creative and try to find and use the opportunities present in your community. It could be a partnership with a financially stronger youth NGO, a good relationship with the University, negotiating an in kind sponsorship with a small local company (print center, bakery, discounter etc), convince your members to contribute with some homemade products (cookies, snacks) you name it. Just make sure you brainstorm and consider all the possibilities before you get started.

Roxana Ivan FR Responsible

You also should remember that all sponsorships come with conditions and obligations. The bigger the sponsorship the more the sponsoring organisation may ask for: wish to be a sole or major sponsor request that their logos, slogans or graphics appear on your promotional material wish to know about current or past sponsors need to approve press releases and other material NO.1

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Shake Your HED in Agora Istanbul (Workshop) Boring teachers? Long and useless classes? Uninformed students that still think Bologna is a type of spaghetti? Do you see too many problems in your Higher Education system? Do you think that all the students in Europe deal with the same problems than you? Or do you even think that somewhere they could have been solved in a satisfactory way? Do you want to know how? Then, shake your HED! Yes, shake your HED. This is the slogan of our project (Higher Education Days, HED), but not only this, it’s also the title of the workshop that HED Project Team is going to lead during Agora Istambul. Whether you already knew it or not, you will be wondering what this workshop is going to be about. Let’s explain a bit about it. This workshop aims to bring AEGEE members interested in HED closer to the project itself as well as to the topics it tackle. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to meet the people that are behind this project (us). It will be a perfect moment to start to get deeper into the details of the project and to solve some doubts that future organizers of HED events could have. Moreover, you will have the chance to start tackling the most relevant and widely-spread issues that should be deepened through the future HED events; but differently that in the local events of the stage 1.a, you will have the chance to discuss these issues with students coming from all the parts of Europe. The workshop could be divided in two parts. In the first one, we will quickly present the project to you (team

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members, aim, objectives, phases, events, documentation work, web

site,…) and we’ll solve the doubts you have about it. In the second part, the main one, we could say that the implementation part of HED project will be launched. First we will start with a general discussion on the current state of Higher Education in the European space and the most prominent issues it is confronted with. After it, the participants in the workshop will be divided in small groups to discuss different topics related with Higher Education; as: Does university life let students to fully develop their personal and social life, as well as their participation in YNGOs? Is the implementation of Bologna process a problem in all the countries? What can be the paths to improve the recognition of nonformal education both in the academic and in the labor space? Do students feel that they can be an active part in the educational policy making in their universities?

show you why to be a part of HED is worth. This process doesn’t aspire to reach any important conclusion or solution. It just wants to be a starting point that brings you closer to the discussion about the topics we are dealing with. Also, we can use the platform that Agora gives us to discuss about these topics with people from different backgrounds and educational systems. We are sure that after the workshop you will have a more clear idea of what HED stands for and what are the better ways through which you can contribute to it. I dream of a better Higher Education in all Europe. And you? What do you dream of? Come to our workshop during Agora and express it! Europe is waiting for your opinion.

Jorge Miguel PR responsible of HED

At the end, each group will share with the rest of the people in the workshop their conclusions and we’ll use them to explain you how the Project Team of HED will collect this information (as an example for all the different HED events), aiming to show you how through this collective process coordinated by us, the outcomes could go much further than through isolated events. In other words, we’ll

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IT is here to save the day! HED Friends! I’m very happy to welcome you in HED – again, but this time from me! :P Right now, I can assure you that we are working extremely hard for the site, which will be available very soon! On it you can find information about the Idea of the project and the last news! Also what is HED about? - as

aims, objectives, methods. A list of the NGOs that will join us with HED. And ……….something else that I prefer to be a secret for now! You can check it soon! Another important thing Is that we have a google group and if you are not still in it – now is the moment to spam us to add you! There you can ask about

all the questions that are coming in your mind and more over about YOUR IDEAS, advices and recommendations! Now I have to leave you, because I have to continue with the website! Cheers, Angel Varnaliev IT Responsible

HEDing for Bologna The Bologna process started with a declaration, back in 1999, that all of us would agree with in most, if not all, of their points. However, once this declaration started to be legally developed and implemented, it became obvious, on the one hand, a deep lack of interest in many students, teachers and even universities about the reform; and on the other hand, even the rejection to the process by a part of the educational sphere that even led to some students demonstrations. ¿How can it be possible? As Jacques Delors, former president of the European Commission, stated in the famous UNESCO Commission of Education report Learning: The Treasure Within, “Attempts to impose educational reforms from the top down, or from outside, have obviously failed. The countries where the process has been relatively successful are those that obtained a determined commitment from local communities, parents and teachers, backed up by continuing dialogue and various forms of outside financial, technical or professional assistance”. That lead to the conclusion that pol-

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icy makers should really take care about all the members involved in the process (students, teachers, representatives of the labor market…) feel this process as theirs (and sooner the better); otherwise, following the maxim of Mr. Delors, the process will fail. And that may occur, as during the Bologna implementation the necessary commitment of all the different stakeholders was many times not present, as it was already said. ¿Are the institutions sufficiently taking care enough of this matter? We hope so. Otherwise, all this effort and all those idealistic objectives, will be only partially reached and much more slowly. One of the objectives of Bologna is to reach a more student centred approach in the teaching process of the universities. However, a big part of the students population doesn’t feel consulted, even a big part doesn’t feel informed about what Bologna is and stands for. This lead to a quite clear image: the Bologna process hasn’t been strictly democratic during its evolution and many times it lacked the existence of an open dialogue where all the stakeholders were present.

In this situation of lack of information, a lot of doubts appear among the students: Are there communication lines that allow students to express their opinion towards education policy makers? Do these communication lines work? Why not? Are the students’ representatives really being the voice of the all the students they assure to represent? Or the problem was that policy makers didn’t hear our opinions? However, the situation of Bologna process, differ greatly in the European sphere. While in The Netherlands the process was started some time ago and right now is implemented quite completely and successfully; other countries as Germany, France or Spain got already over the initial rejection of the process by a part of their university community and right now are implementing it, but with several difficulties that they still need to overcome. At the same time, in our network there are countries like Belarus, where the beginning of the implementation of Bologna process was approved just a few months ago. This diversity can be a fantastic opportunity for sharing experiences among the different Page 5


ADELA MILITARU - CONTENT MANAGER DIANA YOLOVA - PROJECT MANAGER ROXANA IVAN - FR RESPONSIBLE ANA DUMBARA - PR RESPONSIBLE JORGE MIGUEL - PR RESPONSIBLE ANGEL VARNALIEV - IT RESPONSIBLE -

hed@aegee.org

Shake your HED!

HEDing for Bologna (continued) countries, collecting best practices and analyzing the Bologna process from different social, political and cultural points of view. We expect that Higher Education Days project would be a well-functioning platform where students from the different countries involved in the Bologna process can share their personal experiences and opinions; and that from this knowledge exchange, we can send a clear and powerful message towards education policy makers. It’s time for you to have your say about the Bologna process. We strongly believe that to increase the participation of students in the Bolo-

gna decision-making process will be fundamental to reach a successful development of the reform in all the

stronger European identity, principal aim that AEGEE has been pursuing for already 25 years.

Jorge Miguel PR Responsible

European countries. Doing so, a stronger European Higher Education Area (EHEA) will be set; something of an essential value in the process of creating a united Europe and a


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