Valahia University of Targoviste participated in the inaugural face-to-face gathering of the HERITAGE GAME project in Svishtov, Bulgaria. Hosted by D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics, the meeting brought together partners from Portugal, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Turkiye. This significant event marked the first physical assembly of collaborators under the Erasmus+ funded initiative with project number 2023-1-PT01-KA220-HED-000154261, titled “A gamification model for community-based heritage work.” Spanning three days from 7-9 February 2024, the meeting aimed to facilitate meaningful discussions and collaborations towards the project’s objectives.

The first day was primarily focused on the Work package 1. Project management and Work package 5. Dissemination. The coordinator of the project and the leader of the Work package No. 1 Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (Portugal) presented project objectives, calendar, budget, platform, and reporting. The role and responsibilities of different project governing bodies were discussed. Partners agreed on the frequency of their progress check meetings. At the end of the first days, partners discussed their communication and dissemination plans, website domain, its main sections, and chose their project logo.

The second day was dedicated on Work package 2. Best practices. The workshops were led by the co-leaders of the package – D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics (Bulgaria) and Valahia University of Tagoviste (Romania). After a short presentation on work package description, main activities, expected results and qualitative and quantitative indicators, the partners discussed the list of criteria for best practice identification. A three-stage approach for development of a final list of criteria was proposed.

The third day was focused on the analytical tools for data collection. The co-leaders of the Work package 2 proposed a template for evaluation of practices, as well as a template for documenting best practices. At the end of the sessions, the partners agreed on their next steps, tasks, and virtual meetings for successful completion of the work package.

The project No. 2023-1-PT01-KA220-HED-000154261 “A gamification model for community-based heritage work” is implemented within the framework of the Erasmus+ programmе, in partnership between Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (Portugal), D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics (Bulgaria), Valahia University of Targoviste (Romania), University of South Bohemia České Budějovice (Czech Republic), University of Trnava (Slovakia), University of Camerino (Italy), and Adana Science and Technology University (Turkiye).

The project No. 2023-1-PT01-KA220-HED-000154261 “A gamification model for community-based heritage work” is funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

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