„Twórczy Nauczyciel – Twórczy Uczeń – w poszukiwan..
„Twórczy Nauczyciel – Twórczy Uczeń – w poszukiwaniu nowych rozwiązań w edukacji”.
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Martin Luther King
The project “Creative Teacher - Creative Student - searching for new solutions in education” was initiated by the local authorities of Górno Community (Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship). As a result of deep analysis and assessment of education policy efficiency kept by the community authorities and made by the experts of Certification Commission (in the Local Government Leadership Education programme) some conclusions were reached. Moreover, the needs of educational stuff in terms of teacher training and improving quality of education in Górno Community were worked out. Consequently, a long-term European Programme of Schools Development in Górno Community has been created. Now it is essential to take specific action in order to achieve its aims. Our project and its goals are the consequence of European Programme of Schools Development in Górno Community which was formed in association with those who are involved in the process of local education policy creation: teachers, head teachers, local authorities responsible for the education sector in Górno Community and after consultations with the representatives of student organizations.
We realize that such issues as language competences and new information and communication technologies are becoming dominant in contemporary education and taking into consideration the educational needs of schools in the area of Górno Community we have decided to start cooperation with some foreign partners in Erasmus + programme. The representatives of JST (as the body governing schools), head teachers and teachers of all schools from Górno Community (from nursery to lower secondary school) - 44 people in total.
Aims of the project - to improve skills in terms of:
- efficient and creative use of ICT in the process of developing students' key competences,
- shaping of citizenship attitudes focused on entrepreneurship,
- bilingual education (CLIL) in order to increase practical language skills of students,
- identifying the needs and chances of community and schools development which may be fulfilled in cooperation with the foreign partners.
Bilingual schools have been existing in Poland for over 15 years, in Europe - for much longer. According to recommendations of European Commission everyone should be able to speak at least two European languages (apart from first language). In Poland there are more than 100 bilingual schools. On the other hand, in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship - there is none. Some of schools from the area of Górno Community are taking part in realization of the pilot project called "School Incubators of Bilingualism" which involves, inter alia, attending job shadowing in Polish schools which use the CLIL method.
In the project “Creative Teacher - Creative Student - searching for new solutions in education” the educational consortium of Górno Community has got three foreign partners: the Istituto Comprensivo “Falcone e Borsellino” from Italy, Instituto de Educación Secundaria “Castillo del Águila” from Spain and Skinners’ Academy from Great Britain.
The Italian and Spanish schools specialize in bilingual education (Italian and Spanish educational systems introduced bilingualism at schools some years ago by ministerial reforms) as well as use of information technology in teaching and learning process. The British school is famous for efficient activities that make students motivated to gain knowledge and skills, social activity and entrepreneurship, professional educational and vocational guidance and a wide range of ICT devices used in education.
Entrepreneurship, ICT and first of all knowledge of foreign language automatically make a young man more attractive from employment opportunities point of view, broaden his horizons and make us more open-minded. Ludwig Wittgenstein said: "The limits of my language means the limits of my world." Bilingual education gives people an opportunity to go beyond of what the German philosopher stated: when we learn a foreign language, also in this language we are introduced with new points of view and new perspectives. We are strongly convinced that our actions will let the young generation from our community develop and function properly in the future.
Taking part in the project and job shadowing training - learning from Spanish, Italian and British educational experiences and solutions in terms of bilingual teaching and use of ICT in the process of teaching key competences - is going to let us gain our goals - to influence the quality improvement of our schools as well as give opportunity for international cooperation.
Our intention is to continue these activities which are focused on setting up bilingual groups in schools of Górno Community.
"It doesn't matter where you're coming from; all that matters is where you are going."
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