erasmus+ erasmus plus      Horizon to the Future   horizon

General outcome

Implementation

The Bitterfeld school has implemented new ideas of peer-to-peer mediation in the mediation group (i.e. new methods of conflict solving). Also the Montmeló workshop "Emotions and us" raised the idea of a new KA2 project about "social emotional learning".
In preparation of the Cambre workshop on school violence a survey on this topic was done at the Bitterfeld school. The evaluation of the survey (see here for details) revealed interesting facts on the situation in the school and is used as basis for improvements in that area.

The Cambre school has already been doing Mindfulness activities for several years. After the workshop in Montmeló they did a seminar for teachers (Seminar for Teachers: Mindfulness) and they held two Mindfulness sessions for students of the FP Básica (Basic Vocational Training).
After the workshop in Bitterfeld some teachers began to use debates in their lessons (English lessons and Ethics).
At the moment they are studying the Kiva program and comparing it to their own protocol about bullying in order to determine how they can improve theirs. They also like to create a Green Flag group of students to make them aware of the real importance of ecology and recycling, so they are discussing this issue with the biology and science teachers.

The Montmeló school has implemented the peer tutoring programme called TEI, thanks to the Finnish KIVA programme, the Peer to peer mediation workshops carried out in Bitterfeld and Cambre, and the School environment surveys pattern done by the Cambre team.
Also, their Economics teacher has implemented in his lessons the techniques of presentation and communication based on the workshops attended in Bitterfeld as well as he implemented the business plan learned during the teacher's workshops in Civitavecchia.

The Joutsa school has implemented the debating methods learnt from Bitterfeld. High school's tutor students had lessons about them and philosophy teacher is using them in her lessons. In tutor students training they nowadays use both Bitterfeld and Montemeló workshops' topics: regognition of emotions, presentation skills and debating methods. Cambre' s peer to peer mediation has been discussed with KiVa teachers comparing these two methods. A future developmental idea is to have more peer to peer ideology in their work too. In religion lessons teachers and students have been able to link the theories in actual experiences, whilts they have now visited these places, and the teachers are able to continue this in the future too. The Spanish teacher is very happy to have Spanish materials for her lessons as well as the art teacher about all the photos of architecture, which they can study and montor in art lessons in primary- and high school. The entrepreneur's lecture in Civitavecchia and the visit to ZARA and Inditex headquarters in Cambre has been topic in counselling lessons both in high- and primary school. At the schools level, it was noticed that international cooperation has become part of the school's normal life and every project is shown in all school levels. The previous sport teacher is still working with mindfulness, as was learnt in Montmeló, in her new school, also the previous principal did learn about Erasmus projects and she has begun a new project in her new school. In cooperation with EduCluster, they have had teachers from Shanghai and India, to whom they have presented their Erasmus+ projects.

The Stendhal school in Civitavecchia had a meeting between students, teachers and public authorities from Civitavecchia and from Ishinomaki (Japan) (twin cities). During that meeting the Italian teachers presented their European projects to disseminate their activities and aims. About Horizon Project they marked that this project guides students from school to work, expecially to enterpreneurship.
The Japanese group was very interested in the project and asked many questions about Stendhal's activities; also Japanese delegates were very involved in the conference.

Conclusion

Horizon to the Future -project has been a guidance process which included important areas of human personal skills. The coordinating school was Joutsa High School from Finland and we had five partner schools, who had always had a very strong international focus and they all have their own field of expertise: IIS ”Stendhal-Baccelli” Italy (entrepreneurial skills), INS Montmélo Catalonia Spain (socioemotional learning). Europagymnasium Bitterfeld Germany (soft- and self presentation skills), IES Afonso X O Sabio Cambre Spain (peer mediation and conflict resolution skills), and Joutsa Upper primary school which was our partner because the same teachers are working in both of Joutsa´s schools. Moreover, Joutsa High School´s strength are the counselling methods used.

The innovative content of our project was the process perspective for the student's career developmental process. Our project focused in all areas of personality growth: 1. the emotional area is the key of all learning processes, 2. social relationships are extremely important both in work- and student lives and it is necessary to have conflict resolution skills, 3. guidance for academic journey, practical skills to do that and life long learning perspective, 4. help the students to plan their future professional careers according to their personality and interests, 5. develop ICT skills, and 6. this project allows us to consolidate as European citizens.

We had six different kinds of activities in our project:

  1. Workshops (WS) for students formed a continuing process. One has to got to:
    1. know her/himself and where one´s emotions comes from and how one is able to cope with them. WS in Montmélo in autumn 2015, with 40 students and 16 teachers,
    2.  know her/his strong and weak points, to find out how to study efficiently and what kinds of careers would be suitable for oneself. WS in Joutsa in spring 2016, with 55 students and 17 teachers,
    3. learn how to get along with other and different people, how to present one´s opinions to others and debating about them. WS in Bitterfeld in autumn 2016, with 54 students and 12 teachers,
    4. have skills of mediation and the knowledge how to solve disagreements, because people are constantly interacting with each others. WS in Cambre in spring 2017, with 72 students and 18 teachers and finally
    5. start to plan one's own future career. Being an entrepreneur is nowadays a good way to provide oneself and one needs to learn skills for that. WS in Civitavecchia in autumn 2017, with 58 students and 23 teachers.
  2. Seminars for teachers were held five times at the same time as the student´s workshop. There were two teachers from each country who travelled with the students and participated in these seminars. The purpose of these were to deepen the teachers´ knowledge of the WS’s topic.

  3. Tasks in between the WS/seminar weeks. Some of these exercises were also done with other groups of students in our partner schools.

  4. A ”Guidance Toolbox for future orientation” called “eGuide” has been collected in its own webpage and it´s linked with the project´s official homepage.

  5. Transnational meetings were held five times before each workshop, in each TN there were between one and three participants from each country. ”Project team” met and discussed the plans for next event and evaluated the former one. Each team wrote a report after their WS which was evaluated together.

  6. The final event 10.-12.4.2018 in Joutsa summarised the whole project. 15 teachers from our partner schools gathered to Joutsa for the final evaluations. All outputs, video greetings from each partner school and the eGuide were presented to public in the final ceremonies in 12.4.2018.

The students and teachers involved in the project have had the possibility to develop many new skills, for example problem solving and debating skills, teachers learnt ICT and project management skills and new methods from each other.

Dissemination of our results was done mainly through project´s website, various information leaflets and the final event. All materials and results developed are to be found at all times in our project´s website: https://peda.net/joutsa/lukio/projektit/horizon We want that everyone who is interested of our project´s topics and methods will be able to read details of it and to gain practical material of it. Information has been given openly to different media and some of our topics they used too. The final event on 12.4.2018 was for all our students in both upper primary school and high school, our and partner schools´ teachers, Joutsa municipality´s political board´s members, neighbour municipality´s teachers and members of the media.

The most important results will be the immaterial and long-term results, which will be seen in our students future career choices and lives and in the quality of our teachers' work. We hope the students will become good European citizens with a strong self esteem and efficient skills to cope with different situations and with different cultures.

Creative Commons LicenseThis work and any contents and linked documents on this page are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.