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Projekte Diakonie 2015
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This is already our seventh application for learning mobilities of individuals in the field of vocational education and training (former Leonardo da Vinci Programme), and we are very happy to note down a continuous increase in our students' interest in doing work placements in different foreign countries. In 2009 we started with three interns abroad - in 2014/15 we had and have more than 20 students who did and still do placements for 6 weeks or for one year at our partner organisations all over Europe. Besides intensifying and consolidating our contacts to already existing partner institutions for long term mobilities, one of our objectives for 2015 is to enlarge the possibilities for short term mobilities for our educators and educational therapists in order to encourage them more easily to go abroad, develop their professional skills and intercultural competences, widen their horizons and possibly motivate them to go abroad again for a longer period. Therefore, we are especially interested in pushing short term mobilities for educators by offering low-threshold placements at bilingual institutions. Moreover, we would like to take advantage of the opportunity to apply for staff training and teaching mobilities. Our main objective here is to gain a deeper insight into our European partners' educational systems. This seems vital to us with regard to a professionalisation in giving advise and support to our students and to modulate and match our joint vocational training programme, especially for the students' "year of acknowledgement". We plan to present the outcome of these experiences at our school/ on our homepage etc. and hope to motivate and encourage other staff members to benefit from a mobility abroad. The implementation of the project with regard to the students' learning mobilities has already become institutionalized by several years of experience with the former Leonardo Mobility Programme. Outcome and impact of this project should be: Increase resp. consolidation of the number of short and long-term mobilities. The adverse effect, however, of the Erasmus+ grant support reduction for long term mobilities is distinctly noticeable, especially regarding mobilities to the UK, but also to Austria. The consequence of this is that the students in their "year of acknowledgement", especially those who do their work placements at communal schools in England, need to be economically priviledged and be able to finance their mobility abroad from own resources. So again, students from high-income households will be privileged and equal opportunities regarding education and training fall by the wayside. A further and new difficulty for our students in their "year of acknowledgement" is the fact that long-term mobilities in the second year are determined to end by 31/05/2017. Therefore they are not compatible with the end of the school term. Students in their "year of acknowledgement" need to stay on and continue their work placements until the end of the school term, because a duration of 12 months is compulsory for this "year of acknowledgement".

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