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Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In order to become a national leader in its field of activity and to strengthen its European dimension, the Associazione Geografica per l'Ambiente e il Territorio needed to improve its own internal organisation and to make its educational programme more efficient and attractive. According to these premises, the project AGAT IN EUROPE aimed at increasing the expertise of AGAT's key-staff in order to improve the internal functioning of the association and to increase the quality of nonformal educational activities addressed to adult learners. In order to achieve these goals, AGAT designed a two-year plan, allowing its staff to attend specific courses abroad, thus acquiring key competences for their own professional development. The two-year plan originally included sixteen transnational learning mobilities, but thanks to a wise and careful management of the funds, at the end of the project twenty mobilities have been undertaken, four more than initially planned. The mobility plan within AGAT IN EUROPE project was designed to address the learning needs of staff employed by the association on an organisational level as well as on an operational level. Organisational level mobilities involved both staff in charge of human resources management, working group coordination, activity planning; and staff employed in EU project planning and management. Operational level mobilities were targeted to collaborators in charge of delivering several educational activities for adult learners, regularly organised by the association, including didactic excursions in urban, rural and natural environments. The goal of these mobilities was to improve competences regarding educational usage of ICT resources for reading and interpreting urban spaces and landscape as well as to acquire innovative facilitation techniques, in order to ease creative and non formal learning processes. The mobilities included in the project AGAT IN EUROPE have generated positive effects on all participants, and consequently on the quality and quantity of educational activities organized by the association, increasing their local and sectoral impact. This project was meant to foster the human and professional development of staff members, thus increasing their employability. All participants had the opportunity to get in touch with foreign people employed in their own disciplinary fields, comparing their own work, cooperating through the establishment of contacts and synergies, in some cases starting to cooperate with them. In conclusion, the project AGAT IN EUROPE has enabled the association to grow and enhance its functionality, increasing its operational capacity and developing procedures for managing financial and human resources that are more structured than before, thus allowing to consolidate its European dimension and dialogue as a peer with similar organisations active in the adult education field.

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