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Le savoir faire paysager
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Lycée des Calanques, based in Marseille, is a professional agricultural high school specialized into Planning and Landscaping Works training. The school offers three courses, for students who are between 15 and 18 years old. There are two professional degrees (students should be able to find a job right after school) and a degree that leads to further education. The two professional courses are : “Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnelle Agricole Travaux Paysagers” (Agricultural Professional Certificate for Landscape Works) and “Baccalauréat Professionnel Travaux Paysagers” (Professional Baccalauréat for Lanscape Works). The other degree is called “Baccalauréat Technologique Science et Technologie de l’Aménagement et du Vivant” (Technological Baccalauréat, Planning and Technology of the Living”). It is a rather small school, with 150 students and 20 teachers. Up to now, we have undergone international cooperation in a sporadic way. To be fair, we should say that the word “cooperation” is not quite accurate. It has been more studying travels to foreign countries, such as Vietnam, Italy and Catalonia.In the course of the redefinition of the future projects of our school, we wish to develop a real action in international cooperation. We want to integrate the European scope while firmly rooted in our territory. This has lead us to look for a partnership with a school, among the numerous towns that are twinned with Marseille. The G13 School in Hamburg is a school very close to ours, that offers similar training and it was looking for a European partner too. Therefore, it appeared as being a very interesting institution, and that a cooperation with this school would increase the value of our own training. A team from le Lycée des Calanques went to Hamburg in May 2014 : our Headmaster, M. Joseph Weinsapfel, M. Marc Oberheiden, who is in charge of our cooperation with German speaking countries and M. Eric Giordano, who is a History and Geography Teacher and in charge of this specific project. This first journey was to meet with the G13 School at large and evaluate our reciprocal expectations. It was also to put to the test our capacity to work with our German colleagues. Both schools wish to have a long-term partnership, so it seemed obvious that good inter-personal relationships were an important issue. In the same state of mind, our German colleagues came to visit us in October 2014. It enabled us to work and make clear capital points and to start a modest project, which is bound now to grow. We will start with brief periods (2 weeks) of training scheme abroad for a limited number of students, in 2015 and 2016 : 5 students from Hamburg in Marseille and 5 from Marseille in Hambourg. We have defined which kind of places were relevant for our trainees to work in: public institutions such as botanic parks and gardens and the Hamburg Cemetary. We think that starting with the public sector will have a positive effect on the private sector. And in fact, successful contacts have been taken with Marseille City Hall, with the Department of Nature, Ecology and Biodiversity. This Department has welcomed the initiative with enthusiasm and has reserved 2 posts for German trainees in June 2015. During the same period, Hamburg Landscape Cemetary has reserved 2 posts for French trainees. It must be noted that both administrative supervisions, French and German, follow the project with interest. During the stay of our German colleagues in Marseille, the City Hall has sent a representative of the International Relations Department to our meetings and in the same way, the Senate of Hamburg has sent the Honorary Representative of Hamburg in Marseille to this encounter.

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