Field Training of VEF students in Pula this weekend.

Piše: Mertcan Cilgin — 31. May, 2019.

Students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Zagreb, together with teachers and mentors from the Argonauta association, travelled this week to Pula in the field of the activities of field teaching “Blue Project – Contribution to the Development of Socially Useful Learning Program at the Veterinary Faculty in Zagreb“.

After successful field work in Murter between 29th to 31st March 2019, where the activities were aimed at the protection of dolphins, another group of students travels to Pula this weekend where the activities will be directed towards the protection and care of sea turtles but will also be implemented and dolphin monitoring. Students will have the opportunity to meet with experts on sea turtles, staff members of the Marine Education Center Pula (MOC) within which the Sea Turtle Recovery Center operates.

The MOC staff, the professors of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Zagreb, and the staff of the Argonauta Association will be introduced to three days of field teaching to students with turtle care and treatment procedures in certain critical situations, but also a very important part of the field teaching activity is the introduction of students with the activities of civil organizations society, project cycle and education for student development projects. After their education, students will also, through the help of a mentor from the Argonauta association, will devise their own group projects for the population of coastal and island communities throughout the Croatian Adriatic, and then implement them in cooperation with local associations, schools and similar institutions.

The students will have a one-day announcement of their project ideas and will then implement the projects by September 2019. Students’ projects will be developed within 5 mentorship programs created within the Blue Project by project partners and external collaborators a socially useful expert by Nives Mikelić Preradović.

The project lasts for 18 months (until October 2019), co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) in the amount of 854,018, 21 Kn and its total value is 1,004,727.31 Kn. The project leader is the Association of Argonauta from Murter, and the partners of the project are the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Zagreb and the Pula Marine School. The project is implemented in the area of Šibenik-Knin, Zagreb and Istarska County.

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