Slovakia: Project Description & 1st meeting

PROJECT NAME

Innovations in Education Through the Development

of Key Competences

No  SK06-V-01-002

THE MEETING

The 25th  – 29th  of September 2015 we realized the first project meeting here in Norway. Five teachers from SOS, Pod amfiteátrom 7, Levice,  Slovakia took part in this meeting at our school Fræna videregående skole in Elnesvågen, Norway within the approved project Innovations in Education Through the Development of Key Competences. The program consisted of a variety of elements.  From meeting with the Mayor, Open Day at the school,  excursions around the school premises, working meetings in the partnerschool with PC presentations and videos marketing both partner schools, comparing education systems in Norway and Slovakia – common and different features, democratic principles in both schools management and discussion about the project – goals, plan of activities and setting up further projectmeetings. We also discussed project results, dissemination and implementation of the project results, as well as financial management.

Participants of the meeting took also part in special excursions related to the topic of the project – a guided eagle safari and windmillpark and an excursion to recycling plant near the town of Molde.

The dates for the 2nd project meeting in Levice was decided to be realized 21st  – 25th of October 2015.

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Innovations in Education Through the Development of Key Competences 2015 – 16  is the title of the project we have entered with a school in Levice, Slovakia. The project develops bilateral cooperation between secondary vocational schools in Levice and Elnesvaagen.

The target groups are school managers, teachers and the students in partner schools. Institutional cooperation is in the project developed through the mobility of schools managers and teachers (study visits which are aimed at exchange of experience).

Common themes that are of interest to both schools are: promotion of democratic elements in the school management (participation of the staff and students of the school in management), school autonomy authorities, care about gifted students, taking care of students with learning and behavioural disabilities, co-operation with employers and their influence on vocational training in schools, cooperation between schools and local government (at the level of the town and region).

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Partner schools focus on the following students´ key competences: communication in foreign languages, digital competence, learning to learn, social and civic competences, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and expression. These competences will be developed through organizing excursions, creating presentations, videos and sharing work in international teams during the project meetings. Project participants will visit selected sites of the partner country with a significant potential for tourism development (protected areas, cultural sites, bodies in the rural tourism, etc.), will take part in educational activities to get familiar with examples of good practice. They will also visit the companies focused on the production of various kinds of energy (nuclear power station, steam-gass, hydro power plant). They will prepare together the slide shows and videos from the above excursions, which can be used in the teaching process of both schools. Students will attend selected classes in the partner school, will be given a short course of Norwegian and Slovak language. They will develop a special three-lingual dictionary (English-Norwegian-Slovak) containing basic vocabulary and phrases from the area of cultural, natural heritage, tourism, energy for sustainable development. They will install a permanent exhibition about “Regional and European Traditions” in both school´s premises.

The topic for the 1st year of the project will be ‘Natural and Cultural Heritage and Tourism’ in the school year 2014/2015 and ‘Energy and Sustainable Development (in school year 2015/2016).

The strategic objective of the project is to upgrade the content, methods and improve the outcomes of education towards the needs of the labour market and enhance the adaptability of graduates to the requirements of employers as well as strengthening the position of both schools in education market.

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