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Nonformal in formal
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our school is in dire need of providing students alternative sources of education and training that boost their practical abilities and competences in such a way to facilitate their successful integration into the work sector. Therefore, it is essential to tailor our school’s current educational strategy to suit the latest EU norms and standards for education. Accordingly, it is important for both teachers and students to develop ‘soft skills’ such as proactivity, creativity and competitiveness, and for this, the approach to teaching, and learning, respectively, has to be rejuvenated. In this sense, our major objectives are: - to improve knowledge about the new teaching and assessment methods with regard to the competences that can be acquired in formal/ non-formal context. Eight teachers (selected in consideration of their availability to get involved in a long-time enterprise like this) are to acquire four innovative methods in four different countries with the help of four different partners throughout the two-year project; - to acquire soft (practical, analytical, emotional and social) skills that the participants in the mobility to schools with a strong tradition in education of high standards can share with their colleagues - to put our school on the map of the European schools, and thus manage to attract better prepared students and teachers. It is expected that those already learning/ working in our school will become more motivated and active to improve themselves on a professional as well as interpersonal level; We have made up a project team with very clear tasks such as applying various types of questionnaires in order to identify problems, set up objectives and suggest the best activities that can be organized in order to get the expected results. We have collaborated in this sense with our Belgian partner with whom we have also developed a number of eTwinning projects, and decided to organize a job shadowing activity in order to gain hands-on experience on their approach and practices. We have selected three different courses in three different countries by different providers with the aim of expanding our opportunities to access various educational representatives in the European community. Two teachers will take part in each mobility; one of them is responsible for teachers’ training, and the other has to carefully observe the activities that those schools have designed for students. The fact that each participant in the mobility has to train two teachers and provide two educational materials to integrate and evaluate curricular competences into non-formal activities will have a cumulative and long-term effect. All the resulting materials will be uploaded on the Internet to be freely used by both students and teachers so that: - they all become well aware that education continues in the non-formal context, too. Such a context strengthens the student-teacher-parent and even teacher-teacher interrelations even further, due to the more relaxed and friendly environment that it creates, but it also offers a more concrete approach to real-life situations and work market. Therefore, the competences acquire in the non-formal/ informal context must be included to complete formal education; - teaching staff will grow more motivated and self-confident in their own ability to readjust their teaching methods to the standards of quality and interactivity like those proliferated in schools in the European space, as well as to include new technologies in the curriculum. By actively participating in a mobility and coming into direct contact with colleagues from other European schools, our teachers will trust in the school’s capacity to regain its success and prestige by starting to carry out activities similar to those observed during the mobility; - our school will win a vote of confidence from potential students and teachers who may consider choosing it as a viable institution where education can be delivered in the best conditions. Thus, the new activities will have a positive impact especially on students, which may lead to an increasing number of learners who opt to continue their studies in our school. At the end of the two-year project, we expect that: The entire community in our school will become aware of the importance of life-long learning approach and the significant contribution that the non-formal education brings along. New technologies will be integrated more frequently into the teaching/ learning process Teaching staff will be more assertive and motivated to apply the newly acquired methodologies because students are more familiar with the latest technologies and will thus respond to the proposed activities more actively A better educational environment in which both students and teachers feel they can easily engage themselves with one another.

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