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The 2nd transnational meeting of the ongoing SkillAi (Erasmus) project was in Budapest, Hungary and turned out to be a great success. There were 20 teenagers of age 14-17 participating in the project, coming to the seminar organized on the side of the workshop on the Saturday of the 1 st of June.

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There were 80 square meters of tatami purchased from EU grant and the instructors of the three participating countries (Slovenia, the Netherlands and Hungary) taught one demo class each within the framework of the two hours morning session.

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The last half an hour was observed by our VIP guests, namely EU Commissioner for Education Culture and Sports Mr. Tibor Navracsics, the Ambassador of Japan in Budapest Ms. Kuni Sato and the mayor of the city district Mr. Gergely Karácsony.

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At the end of the seminar, the instructors made a few minutes of Aikido demonstration for the participants and guests.

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After the morning session, the participants and guests were invited for a standing reception with sandwiches, cookies, coffee, soft drinks and food for the children. It was excellent time for networking and further promoting the project to all counterparts.

During the reception, there was a "press corner" facilitating interviews with the VIP guests for the journalists invited from local and mainstream media.

The afternoon session focused on the project implementation, reporting on state of play, exchange of experiences, drawing up a the main draft titles of the guidelines (the expected end product of the project) and a presentation of an IT tool, under development, covering all aspects of Aikido specific dojo management. The partners agreed to start testing the application within the SkillAi context.

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The event was approved by the Embassy of Japan to be part of the 150 Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary. It is also the 60th anniversary year of EU-Japan relations.

Here is a photo with the main VIP guests: Mr. Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms. Sato Kuni, Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Gergely Karácsony, Mayor of the Zugló city district, Mr. László Kovács Csincsák, CEO of ZKNP, and Mr. Gergő Pasqualetti on behalf of the IAF.

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The very fruitful day was closed with an informal dinner. Everybody left with enriching new ideas and inspiration. The next (3rd) project meeting will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia in January next year.


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