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Europaweite fachpraktische Ausbildung im Bereich der Sozialpädagogik
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The “Efa-SOZ” project has been successfully carried out by Jane-Adam School (JAS) in cooperation with Association for European Training (GEB). In the last few years, other vocational schools for social education joined the initiative. All the vocational schools participating in the programme provide state-recognised training for professional educators and those with other relevant professions. This programme usually lasts for three years, and involves an obligatory internship, the length of which depends upon the requirements of particular schools and councils. Through practical work in social education the pupils should become familiar with different fields of work, and fully embrace practical working conditions in their field of education. The participants should improve their knowledge, skills and competencies during the training process at school. The results of the internship in the hosting country will be certified and recognised by the sending partner – German schools or local councils. The learning outcomes will be applicable internationally, and all students will undertake the same exams as their colleagues who served an obligatory internship in Germany. Educators in Germany deal with children and youths with a migratory background on a daily basis. For example: in Berlin the number of kindergartens hosting close to one hundred percent of children with a migratory background is rising substantially. On the other hand, only a small number of educators are experienced in working with migrants or are migrants themselves. The goal of the project is to provide an opportunity for pupils from the aforementioned schools, and other pupils from a relevant educational field, to undertake their obligatory internship abroad. This should nonetheless be carried out according to the compulsory quality standards and educational requirements of the federal states, and recognised as a component of obligatory training. The support from the Leonardo da Vinci programme should increase the number of pupils who complete their vocational education abroad. In addition to the specified and certified learning outcomes, further qualifications such as intercultural, language and social competencies ought to be acquired throughout the stay abroad. There is a special focus upon the experience of being a migrant, or ´foreigner´, and working through the issues arising from such a perspective of oneself. This project proposal is addressed to 90 learners in vocational training plus 30 VET experts.
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