The schools involved in this strategic partnership are the following:
- Ernst Sigle Gymnasium, located in Kornwestheim (Germany)
- Liceo Scientifico "Mario Pagano", situated in Campobasso (Italy)
- IES Pedro Jimenez Montoya, in Baza (Spain)
- Ulenhofcollege, located in Doetinchem (Holland)
In the past years, as General Education Secondary Schools, we have been mainly focusing on preparing students for university or college, taking part in European programmes and initiatives aimed at fostering the command of foreign languages and doing research on more academic topics such as European Literature or Sport, but now there is a need to move a step further and concentrate on facilitating and stimulating our students' access to the job market, giving them the opportunity to develop skills more connected to Europe 2020's agenda, and provide them with the resources necessary to do internships abroad or find a job in a EU country. This project seeks to widen the range of possibilities our students have both at a local and a transnational level, combining the experience of each of the participants in terms of fostering equal opportunities, fighting gender stereotypes and developing professional or technical competences, including digital competence and language proficiency; activities and ideas such as organization of "Boys' and Girls' days" "Using cloud computing application and storage services" or"creating your own company" are part of the actions carried out by some of the participating schools, which will be shared with the rest of participants, and enhanced by participants' contributions. We intend to take advantage of our previous experience but concentrating specifically on boosting labour skills, employability and gender equality as a way to reduce social exclusion and inequality among young people.Project partners were chosen for their expertise in specific areas relevant to the objectives established. So, for example, Ernst Sigle Gymnasium has a long experience in the field of Economics, and how to start your own company, which will help when trying to make students aware of economical needs and issues such as how to succeed in job interviews. Apart from its successful results in the field of developing a good command of foreign languages, Ulenhof College can provide the other participating schools with several examples of good practices in the sphere of product promotion and collaboration with companies on new designs. IES Pedro Jimenez Montoya is specialized in IT and also offers IVET and VET education, which may facilitate the transfer of professional strategies . Furthermore, each of the participating countries have contacts with local companies which could be used for internships and have proved to satisfactorily complement each other in previous European initiatives such as bilateral exchanges or Comenius projects dealing with topics such as sustainable energy or sport. Continuing with the experiences and competences brought to the project by partnership schools, Italy will play an important role showing the possibilities which part time and summer jobs (for example at ice-cream parlours, cafes, baby sitting, etc.) offer to young people wanting to check their vocation or looking for some experience before completing their studies.
Ernst Sigle Gymnasium, in Kornwestheim (Germany)
Liceo Scientifico "Mario Pagano", in Campobasso (Italy)
Campobasso is the capital city of the Molise Region and of the province of Campobasso. It is located in the high basin of the Biferno River , surrounded by the Sannio and Matese mountains. It is not far from Naples and from Rome. It is reachable by cars, buses and trains.
It is renowned for the craftmanship of blades (scissors and knives), for the production of excellent fresh cheese, pasta and sausages.
Since 1982 it has also become the home of The University of Molise that with its numerous faculties has become one of the most dynamic university centres of southern Italy. Campobasso hosts also an important Medical Research Centre specialized in oncology and heart transplants. Campobasso offers also plenty of sights to visit: The Monforte Castle, theChurch of the Holy Trinity, the Romanesque Church of San Bartolomeo, San Leonardo, the Villa De Capoa, a noteworthy garden with statues and a wide variety of vegetable species, including sequoias, Norway Spruces, cypresses and Lebanon Cedars, The Samnite Museum, The Mystery Museum.
Many are the events that enliven the city during the year, but the most important one is the Festival dei Misteri which attracts thousands of people even from nearby regions. It generally takes place in June.
What various types of secondary school are there at ULENHOF COLLEGE?
The school is situated in the east part of the the Netherlands. Our students come from Doetinchem and the villages around.
In the final year of primary school, parents and children together decide which of the various types of secondary school to choose. The options at ULENHOF COLLEGE are:1. VMBO (pre-vocational secondary education)2. HAVO (senior general secondary education)3. VWO (pre-university education).
Broad core curriculum
All three types of secondary education are for children aged 12 and over and all begin with a period of 'basic secondary education'. This usually lasts three years and consists of a broad core curriculum for all pupils. Although the three types of secondary schooling all include this period of basic secondary education, they differ widely from each other in other ways. For instance, in the length of the course and the level of the school leaving exams.MAVO
Pre-vocational secondary education (MAVO) is a type of secondary education introduced on 1 August 1999. The main aim of the change is to provide a sounder basis for the next stage of vocational training.HAVO
Senior general secondary education (HAVO) lasts five years and prepares pupils for higher professional education (HBO). Alternatively, pupils who successfully complete the first three years of HAVO can transfer to a basic vocational or middle-management training course (secondary vocational education).VWO and bilingual VWO
Pre-university education (VWO) lasts six years and is mainly designed to prepare pupils for university. They also can choose for the English stream then we offer them 60% of the lessons in English.Subject combinations
Pupils choose one of four fixed subject combinations. This will ensure that pupils follow a coordinated study programme and are better prepared for higher professional education ('hogeschool') or university. The four subject combinations are:
- 1. science and technology
- 2. science and health
- 3. economics and society
- 4. culture and society
All four subject combinations consist of a common core of subjects plus a number of specialised subjects and an optional component. The core subjects take up just under half the time spent on the course. The specialised subjects take up just over a third of the course. The rest of the time can be used to study subjects offered as part of another subject combination. This will increase pupils' chances of being able to move on to higher education.
Independent studyPupils will be encouraged to do more and more work on their own, under the supervision of a teacher.
IES Pedro Jiménez Montoya, in Baza (Spain)
Higher VET courses:
- Early Childhood Education
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory
- Computer network systems
- Elaboration of Food products
- Automotive Electro-mechanics
- Assistance to people in need of care
- Nursing Assistant Care
- Office Administration and Business management
- Electrical and Automatic Installations