The project F.A.S.T.E.S.T – Food and Agroindustrial Schools Toward Entrepreneurship by Storytelling & Digital Technology is an EU-funded, KA2 Erasmus + project which has started in November 2015, bringing together a robust partnership comprised by ten organizations and schools from five different European countries in order to improve the agroindustrial and VET education.
It aims to help teachers adopt a more innovative approach to education through various creative ways and to encourage them to take advantage of the modern technological means to better the educational methods. Subsequently, the teachers will be able to help their students develop entrepreneurial skills, both general and specific of the agribusiness sector. It also aims to develop and implement the ability of VET teachers to adopt an innovative teaching approach at European level, which matches the practice of "Storytelling" to the digital skills of hypervideos creation and the topic of entrepreneurship.
The project leads to put into effect the recommendations of the European Council in the "Conclusions on entrepreneurship in education and training" (02.17.15), because entrepreneurship in education and training can promote employability, self-employment and active citizenship, as well as the development of adaptable and outward-oriented VET institutions; teachers should be encouraged to promote entrepreneurial spirit and skills, while institutions must offer creative learning environments and promote an active involvement of the community in general.
The partnership, which is comprised by Eurosuccess Consulting (Cyprus), S.P.E.L.L. srl (Italy), ISSIS GALILEI BOCCHIALINI SOLARI (Italy), Centrul de Incubare Creativ Innovativ de Afaceri – CICIA (Romania), Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – BCCI (Bulgaria), Professional High School of Food Technology – PHSFT (Bulgaria), Confederação Nacional de Jovens Agricultores e Desenvolvimento Rural – CNJ (Portugal), Liceul Technologic Aurel Rainu (Romania), Escola Profissional Agricola Quinta da Lageosa – EPAQL (Portugal) and coordinated by Cisita Parma (Italy), brings together a robust combination of partners, with professional and technical schools, schools in the agribusiness sector, a chamber of commerce, business consulting companies and organisations with a vast experience in European projects. Thus, a complementarity of the project partners and a geographic coverage for the maximal dissemination and exploitation in the EU is achieved.
The results that will be created during the 2-year project implementation are the following:
- 8 hyper-videos (interactive videos with links) that will serve as OER
- a methodological handbook/guidelines for the efficient use of digital storytelling for the students to develop their entrepreneurial skills