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Elly goes Europe
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Elly-Heuss-Knapp-vocational-school (Düsseldorf) and Mildred-Scheel-vocational-school (Solingen) have founded the workgroup ''international'' in order to cooperate on Elly-Heuss-Knapp's new Europe-strategy. This regional cooperation is based on the belief that the necessity for a stronger collaboration within Europe is needed, in order to be able to take part in shaping a continuously more globalized world, politically, occupationally, and culturally. Understanding and benefiting Europe as an opportunity; for these purpose our cooperation wants to contribute to. Appreciation for European integration does not develop by itself though nor by talking about it. Thus the main goals for this project are: o an active citizenship, European consciousness, and democracy o intercultural and cross-generational education and lifelong learning o an innovative curriculum/pedagogical methods/development of training Occupational mobility abroad provides unique possibilities, for apprentices, students as well as teachers, to develop their expertise just as competence for methods and social interactions. Consequently participants enhance their comprehension for personnel and organisational development, which sustainably contributes to a more globalized and modern apprenticeship in the interest of extensive quality development of all participating institutions from home and abroad. Students therefore enhance their national and international employment outlook and make an advance in their professional and personal self-manifestation. This applies similarly for teachers. This application addresses two target groups, students and teachers. Specific attention is placed upon the teaching staff’s mobility in order that these teachers would portray role models for students and fellow teachers, promoting Elly-Heuss-Knapp's Europe-strategy. The mobility of the teaching staff follows a certain standard, which can be adjusted as agreed upon with partner organisations on-site. It applies for a 5-day stay (+2 days of travel) at the cooperating school and includes visiting class, communication about subject/topics of their own field, sustainable development, social aspects of everyday surroundings in school, etc. as well as getting in touch with partners of occupational education concerning sojourn of students or teachers in the host country in the future, e.g. visitation of companies etc. The learner’s mobility applies: Partnering companies enable an insight on and participation in diverse and relevant procedures. An example is the business “Hofzuckerbäckerei Heiner” in Vienna, which allows apprentices in a four-week internship to get in touch with the production of Austrian confection of pastry, dessert, and Viennese coffee specialties. Similar insights on regional and national special features (e.g. the Finnish educational system) will be offered to other participants as well. Overall the application applies to 45 participants (17 students, 28 teachers). Students are apprentices in the dual system, students of the vocational school, and students in of social pedagogy. In the selection process vital characteristics are personal attitude, expertise, and school performance. The teaching staff is composed of teachers, who represent a broad spectrum of occupational (e.g. production technology, consultation and sale, etc.) and non-occupational (English, German, etc.) subjects. Of course the selection of participants follows a standardized set of criteria as well. A coaching team, containing of subject teachers, a class teacher and instructors, supervises every outgoing mobility for students. During the period abroad these team members are contact persons and advisors for the students. The accompanied internships are guaranteed by “blended monitoring”. Timely and effective exchange can be ensured. The work group at Elly-Heuss-Knapp and Mildred-Scheel-Berufskolleg evaluates individual mobilities as well as the whole project and will discuss its result with the principals (school management), teaching staff and single education sectors. The evaluation takes place according to a quality circle. After discussing the evaluation results with the school management, staff and each education sector recommended standards will be realized with regard to the school`s Europe strategy goals.
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