Thursday, 16 October 2014

Project summary

Choose Your Future  is a project focused on cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices between schools. The project covers a variety of topics which link to: labor market issues incl. career guidance , youth unemployment; early school leaving, combating failure in education; entrepreneurial learning - entrepreneurship education.

The most relevant priorities addressed by the project are as follows: promoting the take-up of practical entrepreneurial experiences in education, training and youth work and young people's social inclusion and well-being.
     The objectives of the project are to build entrepreneurial skills, raise students’ awareness of their character and abilities, to improve their IT skills while working on various projects, to raise attainment of under-achieving students, to get to know the labor market and broaden their horizons about the variety of jobs available as well as to learn more about the jobs in the area. It is also meant to equip  students with knowledge about the specifics of different jobs by job shadowing and interviews. What is more, the project aims to raise the quality of career counseling by improving students’ self-evaluation skills and their ability to assess their suitability for a particular job,to raise students’ awareness of the demands, requirements, problems and offers of the European labor market, to develop the English language and assimilation skills at all schools. The project also helps to build and develop the so- called 21st century skills (critical thinking, problem solving, research practices, creativity, artistry, curiosity, imagination, innovation, personal expression, planning, self-discipline, adaptability, initiative, leadership, teamwork, ICT literacy, entrepreneurship).
     There are 7 schools participating in the project, Angel Karaliychev Secondary school from Bulgaria is acting as the coordinator. The partner schools are Dalum Academy of Agricultural Business (Denmark), Ogres Tehnikums (Latvia), Tamsalu Gymnasium (Estonia), Gimnazjum Nr5 im. Arkadego Fiedlera (Poland), AHMET SARI ANADOLU LISESI (Turkey) and Liceul Teoretic "MIRCEA ELIADE" Lupeni (Romania).  5 participating schools provide general secondary education, 2 participants belong to the category of vocational educational establishments.
     A general approach throughout the project is to turn the whole process into practical and mutual learning by implementing active conscious use of Bloom’s 6 Taxonomy (Knowledge – Comprehension – Application – Analysis – Synthesis – Evaluation). 
     During the project the main tools for communication for partners will be the Internet:  e-mails, video conferences, Facebook project page, Skype and other messengers. There will be 7 project meetings in total- 3 during the first year of cooperation and 4-during the second one. In order to achieve the aims of the project a variety of activities will be scheduled. Students will take part in training activities in order to get skills for successful implementation of the key tasks and sharing experiences in the given field as well. These trainings will be held in 5 of the participating schools throughout the 2-year period of cooperation. 
     In addition, students will be engaged in a number of other activities:  creating a project logo, research in order to find out why people work and creating collages using the means of Art and IT technologies,  a research on the 16 career clusters and choose a job they can perform,  job shadowing  and a diary of their experience, street interviews to find out people's experiences and attitudes towards different jobs and overall career prospects,  conferences with former graduates, research and learn about jobs that are disappearing but still needed and present the results in presentations,  a video diary about the jobs available in their regions,  organize charitable bazaars on different occasions,  create posters for the national days of professions and will reveal what their dream job is.
     The work on the project will lead to u number of results and outcomes: exhibitions of family job trees, blogs, video-diaries and presentations (job- shadowing,  the top 5 most wanted jobs in the partner countries in terms of social position, income, prospects, responsibilities, disappearing jobs that are still needed ), a book and an i-book of collages and essays of the students about their dream jobs, exhibitions of posters , video interviews, conferences with former graduates, video diaries of the jobs available in their towns,- charitable bazaars,  displays of posters for the national days of jobs in the Erasmus+ corner.

The project will developing links between the schools and local business and will produce 5 Online open courses.

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