Projekte Diakonie EU 2016
Start date: 29 Aug 2016,
End date: 28 Aug 2018
This is already the 8th application of Berufskolleg Kaiserswerther Diakonie for learning mobilities of individuals in the field of vocational education and training, and we are very happy again 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. For the first half of 2016 we have already arranged 15 mobilities among which 6 are long-term stays.Besides intensifying and consolidating our contacts to already existing partner institutions for short and long term mobilities, one of our objectives for 2016 is again 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. But since we still have a larger number of grants at our disposal from 2015, this strategy will have quantitatively no impact on this application. Offering the chance of successfully completing the whole "year of acknowledgement" abroad still remains an important objective for us, and is one of our college's special features. Since we are putting this into practice since 2009, we have by now developed well-tested administrative structures. Grant support for long-term mobilities for Italy, France, England, Turkey and Austria are spread between both groups of trainees, educators and educational therapists.Moreover, we would like to perpetuate 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".Presenting the outcome of these experiences at our school/ on our homepage etc. shall 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.So outcome and impact of this project should be: Increase resp. consolidation of the number of short and long-term mobilities.We sense, however, that the difficult political situation and the latest terrorist attacks in Paris and Istanbul sadly affect the mood and willingness of our students to travel abroad.Moreover, the adverse effect of the Erasmus+ grant support reduction for long term mobilities is again 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.
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