Title Common goals - Common ways
Project Number 2012-1-HU1-LEO05-05838
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The project is being fulfilled with the participation of six partners.
Within the innovation transfer best practices which are likely to be integrated in the Hungarian VET-system will be adapted. The products are of a nature that reflects to the needs of VET and will add to the revival of it. The focuses are on supporting disadvantaged children and youth within the educational system also using the resources of the networks around the schools. The range of methods and tools includes a one-day career orientation programme, a risk-analyzing toolkit, the description of the role of a mentor-like person in VET-schools, a guide that promotes effective partnership building in educational settings,and a detailed methodology of the Polish best practice of handling cultural differences, especially, Roma minorities in education. The first three products will be adapted for the Hungarian environment while the latter two will be suitable for international use also available in English.
The project aims at tackling several major issues of Hungarian vocational education. One of them has arisen due to the growing number of at-risk youth, including a large proportion of Roma young people, in VET for the past decades. This fact demands several specific pedagogical tools and more personalized approach with vulnerable target groups. Regarding the significant number of Romanies, multicultural diversity also needs to be taken into account. However, methods of that kind are still a shortage in everyday life of VET institutions. Another point that influences the success of VET is based on well-informed decision of young people before the transition after leaving primary school. The lack of strong career education before starting VET threatens fulfilment of vocational training. Another urgent topic in VET, which concerns many of the EU countries, is cooperation between educational institutions and the world of work. One strong element of the proposal aims at that area. The other aims are to foster the effectiveness of VET with disadvantaged young people via implementing best practises from the partner countries. The successful German career orientation program together with the supporting role of a mentor-like person supplemented with the tools of Risk matrix from Sotland and the methods of handling cultural diversity from Poland add up to the enrichment of the tools helping Hungarian VET teachers to be more successful with their at-risk students.
The careful selection of the consortium results in a rich compound of various stakeholders of VET, including developers, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of the world of work as partners. At the same time, this partnership provides a working model for alliance itself and assures the representation of interests and opinions of all involved.
The elements for transfer have been selected with much care so that they will be appropriate to be integrated in the changing system of VET in Hungary without difficulty. With the help of those VET teachers will have more chances to support their students in being more successful in their careers. In addition, detailed policy recommendations are planned to be shaped for better implementation and further extension of innovations.
The partners believe that with their work they will not only contribute to the implementation of effective solutions in the field of VET in Hungary but the results will also have impact on European level on several issues.
Common Goals – Common Ways is a 24-month project that started in November 2012. The leading partner is the Hungarian Edunet Foundation for New Educational Resources working with three international and three national partners. The former ones are Euro-Training Centre from Munich, Germany, the Pedagogical Institute of Cracow University, Poland and Train’d Up Ltd from Stirling, Scotland. The Hungarian partners are Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Csepel-sziget Primary-, Vocational- and Special Vocational School and T-Tudok Centre for Knowledge Management and Educational Research Inc. The main applicant, Edunet will accomplish the adaptation of five products transferred from the partners. The work in the project started with exploring the Hungarian environment where the products to be transferred will be implemented. That included focus group interviews in two testing schools also involving partners of the schools (e.g. labour market or social partners’ representatives) and also studying the literature available on the issues. Next, international partner meetings (Munich in March, Stirling in May and Cracow in June) were arranged where partners got to know each other and learnt about the most important features of the educational system of the given country. Also products for adaptation were collected there. After each meeting abroad a national meeting was held together with external experts. On those occasions, the results and experience of international meetings were shared and also the possibilities of implementing the products discussed. At the same time participants started to formulate policy recommendations, too.
In June 2013, all products were at hand and adaptation work started. The main target group of the project is teaching staffs of VET-schools, however, soon it became clear that for primary schools, the products will be as useful as for VET educational institutions. Thus, teachers are highly important to get involved at the earliest step possible in the project. For that reason, regular workshops and consultations were planned and are held throughout the project. From June to September adaptation works proceeded while in August the application for testing the products was announced. By the second half of October 2013 eleven schools started preparation for testing the adapted products. After a successful period of testing, products were finalized based upon the feedback received from testers and experience during the testing process.
The closing event of the project was a successful open event for different stakeholders. It was held on 28th October 2014. During the event participants talked about their experience and dissemination results were also presented.
Access for disadvantaged
Product Types others
Product information All five products aim to support the school achievment of young, especially disadvantaged, participants in VET-training but most of them are suitable for use in primary schools in Hungary (6-14/15), as well. The toolkit enhancing partnership building can be used for making this activity more conscious in educational settings. The one-day career orientation programme that can be used in school will support 14-year-olds in their first decisions related to their future career path. The description of the role of a special mentor-like person in VET-schools will help VET-teachers support their students in a more professional way. The guide describing methods built on specific cultural features applied in the educational process of ethnic minorities will make learning more enjoyable and thus more successful for young Romani people overrepresented in vocational schools. Risk matrix gives support teachers to identify young people's personal problems and with different ways of help encourage them in VET-training to keep control over their learning career and personal way of living.