Mr Stavrou talked about the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), which acts as a translation device to make national qualifications more readable across Europe, promoting workers’ and learners’ mobility between countries and facilitating their lifelong learning.
He also presented the Europass, a direct public service that makes qualifications and skills better understood throughout Europe.
People who are looking for a job -whether in their own country or abroad- present their qualifications and skills in a way that employers can correctly understand and appreciate.
The Europass service is available to individuals through a network of national centres and an on-line portal.
CV service The portal -run by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) and available in 26 languages – provides an interactive tool to complete the Europass CV and the Europass Language Passport.
The Europass CV highlights people’s skills and abilities, including those acquired outside of formal education and training. Language skills are described with the help of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) established by the Council of Europe.
Users can download the CVs that they create in several formats, including XML which enables direct uploading to on-line employment databases. On average, around 7 000 CVs are created using the service every day.
The other talks
Prof. Yiannis Panoussis, Department of Communication and Mass Media at the University of Athens, talked about school violence, which refers to harmful behaviours that can start early and continue into young adulthood.
The young person can be a victim, an offender, or a witness to the violence.
Youth violence includes various behaviours. Some violent acts -such as bullying, slapping, or hitting- can cause more emotional than physical harm.
A number of factors can increase the risk of a youth engaging in violence such as:
• Association with delinquent peers • Poor family functioning • Poor grades in school • Poverty in the community, etc.
Prof. Panoussis suggested changes that can be made to the family and school environment that could address the causes of violence.
Dr Hara Nomikou, psychologist, focused on the symptoms of video game addiction in teens.
For most young people, playing games on a computer, video game console, or handheld device is just a regular part of the day.
Most are able to juggle the multiple demands of school, sports, work or chores, and family life. Gaming becomes an addiction when it starts to interfere with a person’s relationships or their pursuit of other goals, such as good grades or being a contributing member of a sports team.
Like any addictive behaviour, there are signs to look for if you suspect your teen might have a gaming addiction such as: • Lack of Control • Loss of Time • Negative Impact on Other Areas of Life • Misuse of Money • Mixed Feelings
Many parents view gaming as a relatively harmless addiction when compared to the dangers of the real world. “When the children are at home, we know what they’re doing and who they’re playing with” (well, sort of).
But video game addiction can ruin lives. Children who play four to five hours per day have little time for socializing, doing homework, or playing sports.
Kicking the habit is hard, too. Video game and computer addicts can’t just avoid computers. They need to use them for homework and communication with friends. Parents need to set strict limits and monitor usage.
That means the computer or game systems need to be out in the living room or wherever there are other family members present.
Most importantly, though, parents should help their kids find alternatives to video games such as participating in sports, or just play outside with other kids.
The 29th Annual PALSO Conference closed with a session on tax issues as well as an introduction to the new pension law which extends working life.