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Small Towns In Europe: Sharing Innovative Practices
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Small Towns in Europe: Sharing Innovative Practices is a project which took origin from the previous partnerships of 9 European schools mostly located in small towns in the northern, central and southern parts of Europe. By doing project work together, we have found out that entrepreneurship in schools is little encouraged in the traditional curricula. Besides, there is a need to consolidate a strong and permanent link between school and the world of work in order to transfer innovative competences that may increase students‘ confidence on their educational and training success and reduce, therefore, the risk of school failure. Being carried out transnationally, the project will provide wide and exhaustive information and planning on future studies and careers outside the metropolitan regions and establish links between schools and the work sector. Students and teachers will be able to observe educational and working systems in north, central and south Europe. As a result, they will be able to achieve a better understanding of new industrial, business innovation, social entrepreneurship, educational opportunities as well as classroom culture in their own and other countries. All school staffs will receive benefits from the project. In terms of teaching, entrepreneurship and exchanges of innovative best practices are needed for staff involved in education to improve their professional competences and enhance the quality of their teaching in a new designed innovative school system. Throughout the 3-year project, more than 200 students and 80 teachers will be actively involved in the training sessions organised by the 9 partners. But the impact will be higher and we reckon to involve more than 2500 students aged 16 -18 attending the final years of the upper secondary school in project work. They will take part in the preparatory meetings, they will contact sustainable and innovate companies in their territory and participate in the workshops and conferences organised during the training sessions. They will visit fairs and events where they will be in touch with the job market and its innovative practices. The training sessions organised in each of the 9 partner schools will be dealing with different topics which are gradual steps to bring current issues into the school and enhance the quality of our educational systems. They are: Attracting business, The Media, Ghettoes, Local Tourism, Active Citizenship, Volunteering, Sustainability, Working in Europe and, finally, Why do I go to school? All planned training activities will include visits to local companies that make use of sustainable and innovative practices; school workshops and conferences where the different educational systems will be presented; group work where students and teachers will reflect on the received training and prepare reporting materials (videos, interviews, questionnaires) to be used in the final products and for dissemination. A final publication (printed and digital) will be produced containing reports on all activities, presentations of the visited companies and a deep insight on the different educational systems.

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