Craft Your Future
The Universitat Politècnica de València participates, representing Spain, in this European project approved in its call 2018 and which will last two years.
The UPV, through the professors of the Drawing Department Chele Esteve and Manuel Martínez Torán, will host the ETSID the Craft Your Future project partners meeting on Thursday 4 April (ref 2018-1-NL01-KA202-038952) , funded by the European Union through the Erasmus + K2 program in which they participate as partners:
- Friesland College
- Learning Hub Friesland Foundation
- Stichting House of Design
- The Fabric Association
- NGPI Tryavna School» (Gabrovo)
- Oceanonaranja (FabLab VLC)
- Universitat Politècnica de València
Craft Your Future is aimed at young students from different backgrounds, from different European countries, encouraging them to learn from each other. It is aimed at teachers of vocational training and universities, with the intention of improving the development of teaching methods and content, with the aim of strengthening the future world of employability of its students. The objective of the project includes the collaboration and the promotion of regional alliances (local authorities, cultural centers, workshops, companies, organizations, etc.), in order to:
– Allow students to get closer, get involved and value more the traditions and heritage of their region.
– Asegurar que los jóvenes tengan el potencial, el conocimiento y las competencias para ser el cambio hacia la sostenibilidad que nuestro mundo necesita.
– Ensure that young people have the potential, knowledge and skills to be the change towards sustainability that our world needs.
– Initiate intercultural conversation and exchange among young people about cultural heritage, technological trends and circular economy.
– Increase the set of learning opportunities for students, in order to develop their skills for their future work life.
– Preserve heritage through the use of culture as a driving force for creative innovation, provide solutions to waste management problems, and take advantage of low-cost technologies to develop innovative ideas.
– Develop the skills of teachers, to enable them to work with their students in «real» cases.
– Strengthen the network of universities and higher education centers, fostering regional cooperation with stakeholders.
– Create bridges between generations. Young people will better understand the older generation, sharing their knowledge and vice versa.
The project takes into account the EU’s key priorities, while being consistent with the needs that partners experience in their daily practice. The project links regions with similar needs, but involves partners with specific experience in the three different themes: The Netherlands (as experts in circular economy), Spain (with experience in digital creation and manufacturing technologies) and Bulgaria (specialized in traditional crafts ). In addition, the aim is to initiate an intercultural dialogue among young people on cultural heritage, trends and new techniques and the circular economy, which specifically require a transnational approach.
Video of the first meeting of October 2018 held in Leeuwarden (NL), in which students from the School of Design Engineering participated: https://vimeo.com/298582414
On April 4, an exhibition of the work developed among students and artisans from the regions of Frisland, Gabrovo and Comunidad Valenciana will also be inaugurated at the Craft Center of the Valencian Community, and on Friday, April 5, the meeting of partners will take place. the facilities of the Center, coinciding within the events that are celebrated by the European Craft Days.