E-EDUCATION TOOLS AS A WAY TO ESF POSSIBILITIES DEVELOPING IN LATVIAN RURAL AREAS
Keywords:European Structural Funds, regional development, project application, e-Environment, further education.
Statistical data of utilization of the means of European Social Fund in Latvia shows that its largest part ends up in Riga. First of all, this is due to relatively small amount of applications submitted from regional entities due to preconception that the preparation of application is too complicate and this assumption causes incredibility in own forces. The paper describes the approach and measures by what Riga Technical University (RTU) within co-funded by European Social Fund (ESF) project intends to improve ability of regional entities and inhabitants to uptake opportunities provided by ESF. The core of measures is specially developed continuing educational courses covered either overall issues of project management customized to wide auditorium as well as information regarding particular activities and calls. To draw replaying of recorded materials near to live event the network of supporting points consisting of appropriately equipped premises and appropriately trained coordinators whose will play a role of presenters and mediators to information holders are developed. This network will be expanded by upper-layer supporting points governed by first level coordinators. At the same time the library will be enriched by additional learning courses and records of informational events related not only to ESF activities.