Educational Innovation from Brussels

Educational Innovation from Brussels

CHANG ZHU is Professor of Educational Sciences at VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Free University Brussels). Her research focuses on the use of educational innovation in schools and in higher education and the study of related cultural, contextual and individual variables.

Professor of Digital Education Chang Zhu is certain that the university will retain its usefulness in the future especially through support  of lifelong learning and finding flexible ways to support many kinds of mature learners.

We are very proud having opportunity to cooperate with Prof Chang Zhu on the issue of Three Pillars Blended Learning for the EU Overseas Countries and Territories. Read more at Chang Zhu & Education Science & VUB

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Mangroves & James Kairo VUB fellowship

Mangroves & James Kairo VUB fellowship

Mangroves are the epitome of life. They harbour species and life forms that cannot be found elsewhere. But above all they are the life support of communities around the world.

Mangroves are rapidly degrading and disappearing around the world. This is of serious concern to Dr James Kairo, who has been put forward as a VUB Fellow (VUB – Vrije Universteit Brussel – Free University of Brussels)  in recognition of his unique work studying and protecting mangroves. “He is one of the most versatile and productive people I have met,” says Professor Nico Koedam.

“This award shows that no matter where you come from, you can make a difference if you fight
for local communities and local environments.” James Kairo. Read more about  VUB & James

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #20-2018 – Innovation indicators

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #20-2018 – Innovation indicators

We are very pleased having on board another high-quality short-term expert from Trinidad-and-Tobago. We invite you to consider your need for Monitoring and Evaluation support, which will include on-site missions from Allison Francis. Allison is very experienced in Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects; inclusive of the design and implementation of Results-Based Management Frameworks; for example Theories of Change and Results Chains; Starts ups and incubators; as well as Indicators of innovation for smaller and larger innovation projects such as those presented hereafter.

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Elaboration d’une carte d’e-formation adaptées aux perspectives de développement de Wallis-et-Futuna

Elaboration d’une carte d’e-formation adaptées aux perspectives de développement de Wallis-et-Futuna

Dans le but de faciliter l’intégration des jeunes sur le marché du travail, le gouvernement de Wallis et Futuna a compris qu’il est essentiel proposer une offre de formation en adéquation avec les besoins futurs de ses territoires. Le territoire des îles Wallis et Futuna, pleinement conscient que les difficultés de communication entre enseignants et étudiants et le manque de supervision peuvent être des freins à l’apprentissage, met en place un système d’apprentissage à trois piliers. Ce système d’apprentissage, qui s’appuie sur la combinaison des trois composantes d’enseignement en face-à-face, à distance/en ligne et par la pratique, s’adapte d’avantage aux caractéristiques et besoins spécifiques des PTOM.

La faiblesse économique locale rend difficile la mise en place des formations pratiques pourtant nécessaires pour disposer d’un apprentissage mixte à trois piliers. Ce frein, oblige le territoire à concevoir un système d’apprentissage proposant des formations à distance sur le territoire et en face à face pour certaines filières spécifiques et à envisager des partenariats et une collaboration avec les territoires voisins pour assurer une formation pratique et un apprentissage en faisant. Avec le raccordement au câble numérique TUI-SAMOA et l’arrivée du Très Haut Débit, le territoire des îles de Wallis et Futuna sera en mesure de multiplier et de diversifier l’offre de formation disponible grâce au e-learning et à l’e-formation.

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Preservation of Heritage/Built Culture in Anguilla and encouraging women involvement in the construction sector

Preservation of Heritage/Built Culture in Anguilla and encouraging women involvement in the construction sector

In Anguilla, a Small Innovation Project has been implemented to preserve the built culture and encourage women participation and inclusion in the construction sector. Both elements of this initiative fall within the construction sector. Both are encouraging OCTs to rethink how best is possible to preserve or rebuild buildings of historical or cultural significance and how to break free of conventional stereotypes that exclude women from employment in the construction sector.

The passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused a significant amount of damage to the built infrastructure of all OCTs affected. In Anguilla alone, more than 95% of the culturally significant buildings were completely destroyed or received varying degrees of damage rendering these structures unusable or unsafe. The built heritage is a defining factor of the region so is important to identify innovative ways to preserve it from climate change and its resulting effects.

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Amerindian Petroglyphs, Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism

Amerindian Petroglyphs, Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism

Established by Friends of Montserrat in 1970 under The Montserrat National Trust Ordinance, the Montserrat National Trust is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) dedicated to the conservation and protection of the environment and the preservation of Montserrat’s Natural and Historic Heritage. Over the past years it has contributed significantly to the education and to the enhancement of the island’s beauty and Tourist attractions.

Thanks to the Small Innovation Project, the Montserrat National Trust gets assistance to establish Amerindian Petroglyphs as Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism. The project will engage an Archaeologist expert in studying Amerindian Petroglyphs, explore, design and develop suitable trail access to the area to allow visitors access to the site and develop education and promotion programmes using research information on history petroglyphs, flora, and fauna of Montserrat and create materials specifically for the education and enjoyment of children, adults and visitors to Montserrat as books, brochures, workbooks, colouring books, worksheets, maps. On this way Montserrat should develop Amerindian Petroglyphs as Unique Selling Proposition for Innovation in Montserrat Tourism.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #19-2018 – Sint Eustatius

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #19-2018 – Sint Eustatius

EU, namely European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development is supporting Overseas Countries and Territories in developing and implementing innovation and creativity for islands’ sustainable growth. In that framework, EU is funding pilot innovation project called Statia Blue. Project is basically using the latest technologies to develop sustainable fishery. The idea behind a smartphone app that could transform the Caribbean fishing industry has been launched on the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. When introduced as a test project later this year, the fishing App will link the supply of the local daily catch directly to the demand from the regional market.

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Developing an innovative ecosystem in Sint Eustatius

Developing an innovative ecosystem in Sint Eustatius

To develop an innovative ecosystem on Statia, Sint Eustatius Foundation (SEF) wishes to develop a center for competency. According to its director, “there are a thousand ways by which we can put our imagination to work on this island. As individuals and a community on Statia, we must leave our fears and explore the excitement of a “can-do” mentality. By working in small groups behind the scenes and cooperating through the human and Internet web, we can reprogram our collective desires. These are the core competencies the island needs“.

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Using innovation and using apps to define rat ecology in Sint Eustatius

Using innovation and using apps to define rat ecology in Sint Eustatius

Eastern Caribbean Public Health Foundation has teamed up with the company VectorAnalytica to control rat populations and provide disease surveillance of rat borne diseases. Rat ecology can be very complex and managing data can become an issue. With the use of innovation, surveys are being conducted using apps to define rat ecology, see what pathogens they are potentially carrying and ultimately reducing populations and the threat of disease. Funding for this project is by the Nature Funds, Ministry of Economic Funds, NL.

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