DeCRIT Strategic Partnership is made up of a diverse consortium of 6 ORGANISATIONS:
- three High Schools (Spain, Lithuania, Turkey), responsible for the pedagogical design, implementation and piloting of outputs;
- one private University (Poland), responsible for coordinating IO1 and project monitoring;
- one Vocational Training Centre (Portugal), responsible for coordinating IO2 and the overall digital creation of contents;
- one NGO (Italy), in charge of creating the Evaluation and Quality Plan and supporting output creation in terms of inclusion and diversity.
IES “Legio VII” is a Public Secondary School located in Spain’s northwest city of León and built on a piece of land where Roman legions once lived (the backyard where younger students play during breaks retains the original part of a Roman wall erected around 2000 thousand years ago, making it the most historical yard of all Spanish high schools).
It has been providing public education from the year 1982 and it currently targets two levels: Compulsory Secondary Education (1/2/3/4 ESO) and Sixth Form (1/2 Bachillerato). It also develops a Distance-Learning Programme for adult people, being the only authorised school in the Province of León to offer this type of education at both levels.
The school’s educational philosophy is influenced by this diversity of social backgrounds and levels, which entails dealing with of a diversity of needs within the classroom groups and with the subsequent complexity of the teaching-learning process implementation. Consequently, the school
prioritises addressing cross-curricular issues such as social/educational inclusion, interculturality and critical thinking in the overall teaching-learning process.
The general scope of IES Legio VII’s work is to deliver accredited quality education (both compulsory and post-compulsory) to ALL its students, the quality of which is based
on a multiple perspective approach:
- Inclusive Education, achieved through the promotion of equality as an essential cross-curricular element, being aware that recognising the diversity of capacities, contexts and expectations is the first step towards the development of an inclusive educational structure. It develops various plans to cater for diversity and boost the integration of all students into the teaching / learning process.
- Competence-based Approach: the integration of key competences (1. Declarative knowledge; 2. Skills and Know-how; 3. Existential competence; 4. Ability to learn (CEFR P. 9, 2001) is a nuclear element for IES Legio VII, which inevitably leads to the selection of innovative teaching strategies to provide our students with the possibility of developing meaningful learning habits.
- Promotion of Democratic Values, as a cross-curricular element addressed in all areas and subjects, especially raising awareness on the need to defend and practice European values and attitudes, such as Education for Peace and Non discrimination; Multicultural and Intercultural Awareness; Gender Equality or Sustainability Awareness.
- Integration of ICTs in Education: IES Legio VII considers the integration of ICTs fundamental in every present-day teaching methodology, especially with the aim to achieve the development of competences, solve possible educational shortfalls and make education more inclusive.
SZCZECIŃSKA SZKOŁA WYŻSZA COLLEGIUM BALTICUM, founded in 2000, is continuously ranked as one of the best private universities in northern Poland. It is characterised by
great human capital and huge development potential.
It provides young adults with knowledge comprising many fields so that they can receive an interdisciplinary education offering them a better chance on the difficult labor market, both in Poland and internationally. Current educational offer includes the following faculties: educational science, national security and IT at BA and MA levels, as well as post-graduate studies in teaching methodology, business and management.
The institution’s mission is to provide excellence in education as well as attractiveness and marketability of the proposed programs. It ensures the development of the students’ intellectual potential and shapes their interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, and problem solving skills. It develops discipline, creative thinking, effectiveness, flexibility and entrepreneurship.
Therefore, Collegium Balticum plays an important role on the local educational market in terms of additional thematic courses for disadvantaged groups, i.e disabled people, people from socially and economically disadvantaged areas, unqualified adults, among others.
Furthermore, the College cooperates with different public and private institutions in developing and sharing knowledge about politics and democracy: NGOs, municipality and state security services. CB also collaborates with Potes association, whose mission is to build a civil society by popularising the idea of volunteering, non-formal education and active citizenship, creating proper conditions for participation in public life. The university also cooperates with EDS organisation, the main goal of which is to bring the European Union closer to the citizens of West Pomerania region, increase their awareness of the possibility of participating in decision-making processes at the highest level, transferring public opinion to European institutions.
“Giz – we can train you, Lda.”, was founded in 2008 and has as main activity the professional training in the fields of the creative industries. “Giz – we can train you, Lda.” uses the brand of ETIC – Escola de Tecnologias Inovação e Criação (School of Technologies, Innovation and Creation), with main headquarters in Lisbon since 1991, from which a partnership was created in 2010, under the brand name ETIC_Algarve, having at the moment headquarters in Faro.
ETIC_Algarve appeared in the business market with the intention to empower individual values, skills and capacities, in professional training fields such as Design, Photography, Video, Sound & Music, Videogames, and Web & Communication, with an innovative and unique concept within the region of Algarve: establishing a bridge for those who desire a quick entrance in the labour market within the creative industries.
The target-audience of our School wants to acquire competences to carry out a professional activity. They have different ages (ranging from 18 to 50 years old) but have a common goal: to learn in a practical and concise way, but most of all, to obtain immediate contact with the labour market, being through the elaboration of real projects within the professional training context, or being through the contact with trainers (being professionals with experience in the labor market).
The training provided comprises various typologies: from one to two school years technical courses; short courses; workshops and masterclasses. The vocational opportunities are various: design studios, video productions, regional TV stations, photography studios, enterprise communication departments, organizations and associations, municipalities, etc.
ETIC_Algarve has widen its network of partnerships, with a strong conviction that these will help impel and create fundamental synergies within the enterprise context and above all for
the professional training, and that results from a strong bond with the regional business structures, so it will facilitate the professional integration of the students that conclude their studies in the school. In these 9 years that our headquarters are in this region, we have reached around 2200 trainees and are expecting to continue to contribute to changing
mentalities and implementing a culture that believes and values the existing entrepreneurial potencies of the Algarve, with new competences and new markets.
Associazione N.E.T. is a non-profit association founded in 2001 by experts in the training and educational sector. N.E.T. mainly targets disadvantaged people like:
- long-term unemployed
to support them in terms of social inclusion, training and employment. The association is very active at local and regional level by collaborating with public organisations and institutions like Regions, Municipalities, Local Health Units (ULSS), Universities, Chambers of Commerce, among others.
Associazione N.E.T. is also very active in the third sector by tackling the development of fair and self-sustainable activities and taking care of the creation of a sustainable economy that relies on micro-credits and shared economy by co-working with
cooperatives and associations of the private sector, which, in Italy, often replaces the public sector in many fields.
Moreover, Associazione N.E.T. is significantly engaged at transnational level by developing projects targeted at the above-mentioned categories. Our years-long experience is the result of a successful collaboration with experts of different fields and sectors. The network of specialists we have been creating so far is one of the strong points we can rely on in order to promote innovative activities and cooperation with partners all over Europe.
Associazione Net has a very long experience in the management of European funds and programmes, being Erasmus+ one of them. It also aims at contributing to local, regional and national development by organising activities and developing sustainable community projects and programmes. Recently the Association has worked to promote fair and sustainable activities by developing innovative actions and supporting new ideas. New objectives relate to:
- Fair self-entrepreneurship
- Environmental protection
- Innovative teaching approaches
- Organic/biodynamic agriculture
- Healthy cooking-eating and lifestyle
- Sustainable tourism
- Multimedia development
- Digital literacy
- Green building
Pasvalys Lėvens basic school was established in 1987 and is a state school. It is located in a beautiful place by the river Levuo not far from the centre of the town Pasvalys, which is in the North of Lithuania. Children both from the town and district attend the school.
Currently there are 13 class groups of pupils aged 7-15 (318 altogether) and 37 dedicated teachers working full time. To encourage continuing improvement in technology, interactive learning and communication, classrooms are equipped with technological equipment which includes personal computers for teachers, full internet coverage, white or interactive boards, projectors and TVs (in some classrooms). A computer lab is available for teachers and pupils to use during the school’s working hours.
Our school’s philosophy is to provide learning programmes that are challenging and appropriate to the present and future needs of our children – skills for life and success. Pupils of our school are of different origins, backgrounds, statuses and learning abilities. The school recognises its responsibilities to meet the learning requirements of all children including those with special needs or the bright ones and within its general teaching programs. Pupil testing system (Standardized Tests) is used well to monitor and support individual learner’s engagement, progress and achievement.
Our organization is involved in various projects, which are related to the education of young people and teenagers, social advertising and implementation of the programs that empower young people to identify their needs, be tolerant towards different cultures and turn their goals into actions (example projects are: “Open Science Schooling”, “ScienceGirls”, “CHRIS”).
We promote positive youth and teenagers initiatives as well as interaction and understanding between young people with different cultural or social backgrounds. We seek to shift the young people’s energy towards activities that bring benefit for the local community (established good relationship with local businesses), society (projects and actions initiating to clean the environment, raise money for charity, etc.) and the country (National scientific projects, environment saving initiatives, etc.).
Peyami Safa Secondary School was set up in 1990 in south-eastern part of Bursa, one of the most populated and industrious cities of Turkey. As a public educational institution, we have 1987 pupils and 112 teachers, 4 vice-principals and a principal. Our parental profile is upper-middle class educated.
Peyami Safa Secondary School provides a rich and stimulating education for boys and girls aged 11 to 15. We believe passionately in the potential of each young person, and work together with families to ensure that every student succeeds. High quality learning is at the heart of our school. We prioritise high academic standards, supporting students of all
abilities to excel in English, Maths, Science, Literature and across a broad curriculum. We also aim at encouraging students with interest in fine arts. Our students make us proud by gaining success in local, national and international sport and artistic events.
We encourage our learners to be independent thinkers with a broad world view. Our emphasis on creativity is about developing the thinkers and innovators of the future. Our curriculum offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to participate in arts and sport, and to play an active part in community life. Our school is using ISO9001 quality management system in its procedures, correspondences, etc.
As one the best secondary schools in the city, we are aware of the importance of critical thinking and competence-based learning in education. Competence-based learning is a matter
among the issues that The Ministry of National Education prioritises. In this context, this year the ministry started a project in order to help teachers promote critical thinking skills of students. The ministry served a great content of competence-based questions that requires critical thinking instead of memorizing knowledge.