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INTERNATIONALISATION OF SCHOOL

FOR A PEACEFUL AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

COURSE INFORMATION

 

Internationalisation for a Peaceful and Sustainable Future course is aimed for teachers and school staff from primary, secondary, vocational, to adult and special needs education. Non-native English trainers expecting participants to have at least B1 level of English proficiency.

In this course the participants will learn what internationalisation is and how it will contribute to a peaceful and sustainable world. 

 

 

 

The aim of the course is twofold:

First objective is to familiarise yourself with the concept of internationalisation and how to implement it at your school by following a logical path from theory to useful platforms to practical examples to making a start writing your school’s own internationalisation policy.

Second objective is to engage in networking with colleagues from other countries. Who knows, you may find your next international partner this week. 

During the seven-day course you will gain in-depth background knowledge about internationalisation and globalisation and, in particular, what challenges we are facing at the moment; bias and systemic racism, migration (truths and myths), nationalism versus patriotism, stereotyping and othering and finally culture crisis in the light of globalisation.

 

METHODOLOGY

 

In addition, participants will work and receive documents to improve their knowledge in the different areas integrated in the course. At the end of the course, the company will provide the participants an attendance certificate including the detailed information about the course, e.g. title, programme and schedule. In addition, a Europass Mobility Certificate can be added on request.

You will get acquainted with various platforms which may be very useful for setting up an international project at your school such as EPAS (European Parliament Ambassador Schools), EU Green Deal, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Eco Schools, Model European Parliament (MEP), Euroscola.

The course is a mix of theory, use of ICT means, supporting videos and active participation on your part. The exchange of views, experiences and ideas between participants including networking is key for the course to be well appreciated and successful.

You will have access to all supporting materials for you to use for the development of internationalisation at your school. This includes background information, PowerPoint slides, video references and various didactic applications and worksheets. 

MAIN OBJECTIVES

In detail, the specific objectives of the course are:

 

  • To encourage collaboration between educators from all over Europe in order to improve European integration.

  • To make sure your start with any international project is a solid and inspiring one or

  • To bring the internationalisation at your school to the next level.

  • To share ideas and/or experiences of international collaboration.

 

The build-up of the course is as follows:

·       from theory (WHY)

·       to project platforms to work with and project examples

·       to the creation of a student learner profile and competences

·       to Erasmus+ funding and finally

·       to school audit and policy.

 

·       The course starts with background theory for participants to realize the necessity to implement internationalisation at their schools. This theory contributes to the desired output of any international project at schools.

·       You will learn to create your school's own student learner profile and design international competences for your pupils. 

·       We will highlight eTwinning and similar fora and you will learn how to set up a project with a partner abroad.  

·       Needless to say, Erasmus+ fundings need to be addressed. We will give you guidelines how to apply for an accreditation and what criteria to take into account. 

·       The management of internationalisation deserves a prominent place as well by looking at the management triangle. With all the ingredients of the week you will make a start with an (internationalisation) audit of your school and design your school's internationalisation policy. 

·       English will be the language of tuition and it will very likely be the language your pupils should they be part of an interactive international project.

·       Your English will definitely improve regardless of your starting level and even though this is not a specific English language course. Throughout the week, by using CLIL methodology, you will expand your personal knowledge of English, but you will also learn how you and your international projects can contribute to English language acquisition of your pupils.

 

Of course, strengthening European collaboration among participants is a key element of any Erasmus+ course. Who knows, you may find your next partner to work with during this course. Start networking from day one!

DAILY PROGRAMME

The manager of the company usually welcomes participants on Sunday afternoon and gives them all the information about courses and Erasmus week. The main training activities, instruction and practices will take place from Monday to Friday. Moreover, participants will be able to explain their own school and Erasmus project to the rest of participants in the beginning of the week and, after that, work all together to set up future eTwinnings or even Job Shadowing. On another note, participants will be involved in cultural activities held by the company during afternoon time. Finally, there will be a course’ roundup and a final evaluation on Friday or Saturday morning, depending on the participants' departure time, and the delivery of the certificates of attendance. Here you have below the standard indicative daily programme of the course.
 

DAY 1 – SUNDAY. LET’S MEET US!

-    Meeting and greeting.

-    Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city.

-    Introduction and brief information about the local culture

-    Round up presentation and networking between all participants.

 

DAY 2 – MONDAY. THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONALISATION

  • School presentations.

  • Internationalisation versus globalisation. What is the difference and how are the intertwined?

  • Bias and systemic racism.

  • . We will address facts and myths.

  • What is culture? How do we define it? We will have a thorough look at the cultural iceberg in order to understand the strong driving-force behind it. We will also zoom in on cultural identity crisis in the light of globalisation.

  • Nationalism versus patriotism.  

  • Stereotyping and Othering. What types of stereotyping are there and how it can be instrumentalised for political advantage (othering).

 

DAY 3 – TUESDAY. INTERNATIONALISATION IN PRACTICE 1

  • School presentations;

  • You will familiarise yourself with a number of EU projects which focus on European Union:

  • European Parliament Ambassador Schools programme. By working with this project your students will learn how the EU works and what they do.

  • A project they have launched recently is about the .

  • Model United Nations (MUN), Model European Parliament (MEP) and European Youth Parliament (EYP). These projects are designed to let your students experience a parliamentary role play at school. You could even take part in national and international competitions. We will take a closer look at how to design a MUN project at your school.

  • Euroscola in Strasbourg. Funded by the EU. This is where you could take a number of students to actually take a seat in Parliament and be taught how to be a member of parliament.

 

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY. INTERNATIONALISATION IN PRACTICE 2

  • ; We will have a thorough look at EU’s platform for collaboration between educators and students in the EU and a few neighbouring countries.

  • How does it work?

  • How do you find partners?

  • How do set up a project?

  • How do you present your project on the eTwinning platform?

  • Alternatives to eTwinning. There are more platforms to choose from and all have their advantages and disadvantages.

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Eco Schools programme are high on the international agenda. We will explore the SDGs and will also pay attention to one of its offshoots: the Eco-Schools programme.

 

DAY 5 – THURSDAY. EU FINANCIAL FUNDING AND STUDENT LEARNER PROFILE

  • Erasmus+ accreditation and criteria. It is possible to get funding for your future projects from the EU such as collaborative digital projects, individual student mobility, student exchange programmes, staff mobility for erasmus+ courses and job-shadowing. You will learn how to apply and explore the criteria. You will draft your first objectives. Be inspired by the ideas of others!

  • You will learn why it is important to create your school’s own international and how to do it based on:

    • language

    • global citizenship

    • personal growth

  • You will explore  for pupils and even add a few of your own

 

DAY 6 – FRIDAY SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL IMPLEMENTATION

  • In the morning (if the course is in Iceland) you will visit the House of Parliament in Reykjavik with guided tour

  • You will for you want your school to become “the place to be”. Use the inspiring and creative ideas of your colleagues in the group!

  • You will explore the which will help your school to successfully implement internationalisation;

  • Now it is time to for your How well are you already doing? Are there any gaps? What areas need more attention? An audit instrument will help you along.

  • You will receive guidelines for setting up an and you will make a first start.

  • Finally, make a start drafting your new project (why not with a partner in this course...)

  • Round-up. Share your project ideas with the group.

 

DAY 7 – SATURDAY. CONCLUSION.

-    Course evaluation.

-    Releasing official course certifications.

-    Participants departure.

DATES

Internationalisation for a Peaceful and Sustainable Future will attend courses during 2023 and 2024 in the following dates:

 

2023

REYKJAVÍK – ICELAND:

  • From Sunday 15th October to Saturday 21st.

 

2024:

TENERIFE – SPAIN:

  • From Sunday 2nd January to Saturday 7th.

MARTINIQUE – FRANCE:

  • From Sunday 31st March to Saturday 6th April.

ALICANTE – SPAIN:

  • From Sunday 28th April to Saturday 4th May.

REYKJAVÍK – ICELAND:

  • From Sunday 14th July to Saturday 20th.

  • From Sunday 20th October to Saturday 26th.

COST AND ERASMUS + FUNDING

The cost of the seven day course is 560€ and includes course fees, free cultural activities in the city during the week and certification of attendance. The training course is tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus + to teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations. Furthermore, the company offers an Optional cultural package to deepen the relationship between all participants.

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