The strategic partnership continues its work. After the kick-off and many local activities to get the basics for the work in the partnership “READ IT” held its first big interim video conference to inform about the development in the different countries and to check the latest preparations for the first transnational meeting in France in March 2018.
The results look very promising. Local citizens could be involved in the project and networks are established. The French partner was very busy with setting up the programme and agenda for the transnational meeting in Paris. Now, the partnership is step by step filled with live and after all the formal preparations we can really start with work on content, rural areas and active citizens – great.
The “READ IT” project is going to be promoted and included in broader networks for a better and sustainable outcome. In Germany the project is now part of the official initiative “Ich bin dabei” (“I take part”) of the Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer, and the Mayor of the Verbandsgemeinde Bad Marienberg, Andreas Heidrich. The initiative is going to promote and honour voluntary work and commitment of citizens in local communities. The initiative is implemented by the Verbandsgemeinde Bad Marienberg which is a local authority in the rural area around the Europahaus Marienberg, the lead partner of the project “READ IT”. The VG Bad Marienberg has roughly 20.000 inhabitants combining the city of Bad Marienberg (approx. 6000 inhabitants) and 17 villiages from only 250 inhabitants to around 2000 inhabitants.
The local website of the initiatve by the Prime Minister and the Mayor can be reached here: Initiative “Ich bin dabei” (only available in German language).
In addition to open this project to more people and more local communities in rural areas “READ IT” will be included as a project group within the initiative. Thus the outcome of the project and the results of the European exchange will be made available to all local communities (villages and city) by incorporating local citizens into the network. Concrete realizations of best practices from other countries or results developed in the project have a greater chance to be realized in rural areas.
The kick-off meeting to invite all citiztens to take part within this new initiative / project group is scheduled for January 29th – see here (click for PDF version):
Even though the first transnational project meeting in France in March 2018 is quite some time away all partners are already deeply involved in the work of the partnrship. Our French friends are mostly busy with organising the first meeting. The draft agenda was already out in November with all partners commenting on it. Now the next stepes need to be done. Continue reading
If you like reading, this web page is billiant for you. But if you also like to stay informed more quickly and in different ways you may also use the Social Media applications for this project. You can either follow the project on Facebook or if you love pics you may follow our Instagram account. Have fun! Continue reading
Getting attention and spreading information of the project, the Franch partner has release a press statement to inform people about the project / Strategic Partnership.
Read the Press Release here (just click).
“A European project” – that sound like a hell of work and it is but it is also super interesting and exciting: sharing new ideas, gaining new experiences, meeting new people and having new perspectives – all that is included. Today we received a glimpse into our project history prepared by our French partner. Continue reading
It has started already officially back at September 01st 2017 – the Strategic Partnership “Rural European Association Development Innovation Team. READ IT – Active citizens in rural areas”. As usual after our application was approved by the German National Agency for ERASMUS+ “NA BIBB – Bildung für Europa” we had to start with many formal things and get accquainted to the dimension of European projects and how they are implemented – many partners do such a Strategic Partnership for the very first time. Hell of a work but exciting and interesting. Continue reading