Proposal with the results, conclusions, and proposed modifications pertaining to in-curriculum and extra-curriculum issues.
The following proposals have been successfully implemented within the framework of the Erasmus+ Educational Program “Our School, My Future – ESL project” in all five partner schools. They aim to motivate and get teachers, students, parents, etc. involved in the task of combatting ESL.
The individual thematic areas of the interventions and/or programs proposed within typical education as well as the activities that fall within the framework of non-typical education were selected, implemented, and proposed so as to satisfy the interests of students, their future professional development, the effort to promote a “healthy” lifestyle as well as the development of student personality as active and socially aware European citizens.
- ESL prevention and handling is an issue that directly concerns all schools in every education region or EU member-state and, especially, those that are heavily affected and have to deal with a large number of students that drop out of school or have observed an increase in ESL rates. Statistical data at a local level needs to be closely monitored on an annual basis and the results ought to be evaluated before and after specific measures have been taken to prevent or handle ESL.
General Statements and Empirical Observations
Early School Leaving (ESL) or dropping out of school is an educational issue that can be attributed to a variety of factors, such as social inequality, low financial status, the quality of cooperation and interaction between the school where students study and the family that supports them, as well as the quality of education provided by the school in terms of curriculum and teacher expertise.
A number of definitions and relevant terms have been coined to describe Early School Leaving as it is observed among students on different levels of education, attributed to a variety of reasons and factors, or approached on the basis of its duration, education level, the moment a student drops out of school etc. Generally speaking, ESL refers to the students who do not fulfil the minimum requirements for compulsory education in their country of residence. In certain cases, the same term refers to students who have not completed the course they have taken up. However, the term is also used in a broader sense as it can also refer to young men and women that have not completed their studies in the higher levels of education, i.e. it can also apply to university or college dropout rates.
Activity type: Short-term exchanges of groups of pupils
Activity Description: Fourth partners meeting in Poland.
Date: 8-12 February 2016
The short-term exchange of groups of pupils event (C11) scheduled for the “Our School, My Future – ESL Project” to take place in March 2016 was held in Żychlin, Poland, from 8-12 February 2016 to accommodate other partner school activities and scheduled events. It was hosted by Zespół Szkół w Żychlinie and organized by Mrs. Iwona Kciuk in cooperation with all partner organizations.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the Experimental Junior High School of the University of Macedonia successfully organized a bilingual multiplier event, presenting the education outputs created within the framework of the Erasmus+ KA2/Strategic Partnership for School Education “Our School, My Future – ESL Project”. Working languages were English and Greek.
The President of the Neapolis-Sykies City Council and Education Appointee, Mr. Michalis Voulgaridis, addressed the participants. Welcoming the students and teachers from the twinned Italian school IIS Classico Lyceo G. Mazattinti, who attended the event, Mr. Voulgaridis mentioned the innovative actions taken up by the local authorities to promote education and freely provide theatrical education to the students attending school in the Municipality of Neapolis-Sykies.
Within the framework of our Erasmus+ KA2 program, Iwona Kciuk prepared and delivered a presentation on the Student Development Programme: Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities in Complex School in Żychlin. You can download the presentation file and the relevant report below.
During the third Transnational Project Meeting in Bucharest, Romania (3-7 November 2015), took place the Multiplier Event with the title "Preventing Early School Leaving Through Formal And Informal Activities. Examples of Good Practice."
At this Event participated teachers and students from countries involved in the Project, representatives of the local public authorities of the City Hall and Inspectorate of the third District.
The introductory speech was held by Mrs. Gabriela Lungu, headmaster of the Technical College "Mihai Bravu". Also stood out speeches presented by Dr. Eleni Mouzoura: "ESL in Greece and Central Macedonia", by Dr. Cesar Morales: "Struggling Early School Leaving" and by Gabriela Bojanopol "Intellectual Outputs of Erasmus+ Project".
The evening's climax was reached with the representation performed by the Robotics Club students from the project countries: "We are going to Brussels".
Our students and teachers from Romania have conducted both theoretical and practical activities. We used the existing pots and we initially arranged our garden at the school entrance. We bought roses and Thuja. Some existing pots were painted so as to symbolize the flags of the school partners. Fruit trees were planted. Students were involved in various activities, such as: documentation about soils, plants, gardening tools, learning new English words, a drawing competition on the theme "Our school garden".