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Up to the future with science, technology, languages and key competences
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Today the world demands a lot from us. We are witnessing a continuous transformation and development of societies. Citizens need to be active and flexible towards the changing conditions, which is also reflected in the labor market. Preparing for being responsible and continuously active is one of the school’s tasks. In order to meet the expectations schools need to train key competences and cross-sectional skills, which allow to achieve the objectives of Europe 2020 strategy. Therefore, the project is aimed at high school students, since they will soon become potential candidates for employment. To be fully qualified staff they should be made aware of the value of lifelong learning (personal and professional development) also in colleges and higher education. The project "Up to the future with science, technology, languages and key competences" aims to improve the educational activity of the participating schools. Exchanges of staff during transnational project meetings and sharing examples of good practices will impact on reducing disparities in education. All participating schools will be able to introduce innovative forms and methods of teaching in their institutions. Discussions and workshops will result in improving teachers’ qualifications in various fields – mainly related to subjects they teach and work-related educational collaboration with students who have specific educational needs and interaction with parents. Outdoor games, field research and all educational activities will enable the participants to integrate and develop their communication skills. Students involved in the project work will have the opportunity to acquire comprehensive knowledge due to its interdisciplinary nature. Students will work in groups (also international), and conduct field research using different types of specialist equipment. Students will expand their knowledge of geography in areas such as cartography (making measurements using GPS); meteorology (studying the changes in temperature and other atmospheric phenomena); soil science (making a soil pit and testing soil characteristics: color, coloring and thickness); demographics; information technology, mathematics and statistics (collecting data from various multi-lingual sources, charting, development of data using, inter alia, spreadsheet and multimedia presentations. The results will be presented in a digital way/media – films, multimedia and Pecha Kucha presentations, website, photo blog, multilingual dictionary of scientific terms. Virtual and literal mobility will be developed due to international cooperation, exchanges, constant contact via social networking sites and email. All the above mentioned will result in breaking down the social and mental barriers between the citizens of Europe. Through workshops and specially prepared practical activities, participants will develop their rhetorical skills, listening and reading comprehension, writing skills, foreign languages, ways of dealing with stress and learning strategies. The content within the project are complementary to the school curriculum. The project will result in learning about European cultures and promoting visited regions. By doing so we have a chance to educate the citizens of Europe that are: self-confident, open-minded, communicative and respectful of each other. Personal and civic competence will be increased. Six schools from different parts of Europe are involved in the project. Each exchange meeting will be attended by 35 people and the community of hosting school. In contrast, the scope of the project's impact will be much greater, because the effects of work will be disseminated not only in the local environment, but also national and international (placed in the media). The project will improve the relevance of the educational offer and schools’ prestige, which will also be observed in the years following the completion of the project. Teachers and students’ motivation and activeness will increase. What is more, students will be aware of the importance to continue their education. International cooperation will be strengthen. There will be greater employability of future graduates. All project activities will contribute to the promotion of the school, and the European Union (European programs) in the local community and region.
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