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A Cognitive Walk through the Old Dobrich

A group of students in grade 12 from the Geo Milev Foreign Language School – Dobrich got acquainted with the activities under the mAPP my Europe project and enriched their worldview and knowledge about the cultural heritage of the city of Dobrich, Dobrudzha and Bulgaria within the European framework. They learned about innovative practices that museum specialists apply when presenting the cultural and natural heritage of their native land.

The young people split into groups and viewed the sites included in the cultural routes of the mobile application developed under the project. After reviewing the explanatory texts in English and Bulgarian, the students chose a virtual tour of their hometown  Dobrich. They wished to take a walk through the Old Dobrich Architectural and Ethnographic Open-Air Museum and to enter the Renaissance School to touch on the living history, in particular, the education, lifestyle and culture of the Dobrudzha during the National Revival Period.

The young people shared that the initiative is very good and through the mobile application they can direct their friends from home and abroad, as well as guests of our city, to get acquainted with the information briefly and to choose quickly and easily sites or routes in their cognitive walk through Dobrich.

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Students from Dobrich, future guides, learned more about tourist sites in the region

Members of the “Young Guide” Club at the „Geo Milev” Foreign Language School were guests of the Regional Museum of History in Dobrich. Their visit was part of the activities under the mAPP my Europe project funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.

During the first part of the visit, the future guides got acquainted with the museum’s activities under the project and, in particular, with the mobile application developed for the mAPP my Europe project. Museum expert from the team of the Regional Museum of History told the students about the problems and challenges in the process of routes’ designing. The second part of the visit was practical. Youngsters downloaded the mobile application and viewed the tours not only in Bulgaria but also in the other project partner countries – Spain, Greece and Romania. Putting into practice what was learned and using the creatively presented information in the mobile application, the young people tried to make their own route in Dobrich.

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Mapp My Europe was presented at the XIII International Congress of Education and Innovation

On December 20, the European “Mapp My Europe” Project was presented to the entire academic community by CELEI at the XIII International Congress of Education and Innovation «Inclusion, Technology and Society» held from December 17-20 in Granada.

During this international scientific event in the education and social sciences field, more than 600 scientific papers and publications on different topics were presented, such as “Educational innovation and research”, “Educational Inclusion”, “Emerging technologies applied to education”, “Active methodologies”, “Special educational needs”, “Teacher training”, “Academic and professional guidance”, “Teacher competencies”, “Education in non-formal contexts”, among others.

The conferences and research papers presented will be submitted for review to the scientific committee of the event. The selected and defended works will be published in the prestigious Dykinson publishing house indexed in SPI Q1 and in high-impact journals.
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Successful Launch of Cultural Heritage App as a result of European Project

On December 17, the “Multiplier event” of the European project

took place at the headquarters of CajaGranada Foundation. During this day, we presented the brand-new app for mobile devices, as a result of this project and destined to disseminate European heritage in the form of tourist and cultural routes designed by and for young people.

We received a large number of attendees, both students and professionals from culture, tourism and education; other attendees were people from CajaGranada Foundation, CELEI and the Faculty of Education Sciences of the University of Granada.

During the conference, the participants had the opportunity to meet, download and experience the innovative app with all of its features, express and discuss their opinions about it, the European project where it was created and where numerous institutions across Europe participate to promote Heritage Education, entrepreneurship, active youth, sustainable cultural tourism and technology.
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Presentation of the mAPP My Europe Mobile Application with Tourist Routes

On November 28 2019, 10th grade students – future hoteliers, with their class teacher Mrs. Iliana Stratieva from Vocational High School of Tourism “P. K. Yavorov ” – Dobrich, tested the mobile application under the mAPP My Europe project, funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.  The mobile application contains tourist routes for young people and adults in Bulgarian and English, as well as in the languages ​​of the project partners from Romania, Spain and Greece. The young people visited one of the museum sites – the Ethnographic House in Dobrich, included in the tourist routes. After downloading and installing the mobile app on their phones, the students learned more about the history of the building that houses the museum site. Ivelina Romanova introduced them in more detail to the exposition “The House of the Dobroudzhanets on the Border of Two Era” and told them about the history, customs and traditions of the people who inhabited Dobrudzha, some of them moved from other parts of Bulgaria but left their spiritual and material culture here.

With the help of the mobile application, the youngsters learned also where all the sites in Dobrich, included in different tourist routes, are located.

 
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Mapp my Europe in the Young Entrepreneurship Conference “I am connected”

Last October 23rd, The European Mapp my Europe project participated in the second edition of the Young Entrepreneurship Conference called “I am connected”, organized by the Ave María San Cristóbal vocational school. The main objective was to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in the students, get to know the different entrepreneurial experiences carried out by the local community, as well as the different ways and possibilities for entrepreneurship. The title of the conference refers to the fact that “today, any entrepreneurial project is required to be connected, especially through information and communication technologies such as internet”.

This event was attended by more than a thousand vocational students who are learning practical lessons focused on employment and self-employment. Through Mapp and Europe, CELEI participated in workshops for students and teachers. Additionally, there were presentations in the main hall and an exhibition with more than 50 stands of collaborating companies.

 
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A lesson of memory in the Military cemetery of Dobrich

Within the framework of the project mAPP my Europe under the Erasmus Program, students from the 11th class of Dimitar Talev High School, with their history teacher, Mrs. Mariana Uzunova, visited the Military Cemetery Museum in Dobrich. The young people viewed with interest the exposition dedicated to the Dobrich epic in 1916. The curator Tsvetan Sashev introduced them to Bulgaria’s participation in the First World War and the actions of the Third Bulgarian Army on the Dobrudzha Front. A special place in the story was given to the battles at Tutrakan and Dobrich, which went down in history as Tutrakan and Dobrich epics. The students laid flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers and officers in the memorial battle for Dobrudzha.
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Mapping workshop in Constanta – Teen Talks: Heritage Edition

City tour at the end of the workshop. Photo by Marian Sterea

The mapping workshop, entitled “Teen Talks: Heritage Edition” took part in Constanța on the 29th-31st of March 2019. The participants (disadvantaged teens aged 13-19 years from Constanța and Dobrogea) were selected through an open call, on the basis of a short interview. The call for participants was promoted online, through a Facebook event, and disseminated on the Association’s social media pages. Also, a press release was distributed to local media representatives.

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