ABOUT THE PROJECT

 THE MOTIVATION OF THE PROJECT

Today, as never before, meeting our society’s challenges demands educational excellence. It is clear that our school systems need to respond better to a changing world. It is our duty to do whatever we can to help our students connect learning with real life and to provide them with the necessary skills to prepare them for success in life. There is widespread consensus, however, that our education systems are failing to adequately prepare all students with the essential 21st century knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in life, career and citizenship. In this Project we aim at fostering these skills that are called “C4 skills” or “21st century skills” (communication, collaboration, critical thinking/problem solving and creativity skills) of the students in order to make them catch the 21st century for a better future in their education and work life and meet the needs for a better economy and social life.

 

In EUROPE 2020 strategic plan, the EU comission mentions 7 flagships, 3 of which we want to focus directly on in our Project in order to achieve the prior goals for a smart growth and sustainability. They are;

 

-"Innovation Union" to improve innovation so as to ensure that innovative ideas can be turned into products and services that create growth and jobs.

 

-"Youth on the move" to enhance the performance of education systems and to facilitate the entry of young people to the labour market

 

-"An agenda for new skills and jobs" to modernise labour markets and empower people by

developing their of skills throughout the lifecycle In this respect, as Project partners, we think that we need to explicitly teach our students how to:

 

- work collaboratively with others and respect teamwork.

 

- communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and to understand the role of effective communication as global citizens.

 

- to be creative and innovative so they seek new and different ways to tackle problems, and aren’t afraid of risk.

 

- to be critical thinkers and problem solvers so they can effectively sift through and understand the overload of information available at their fingertips. In other words, we have to make them use the 4C skills in their educational life in an integrated way by exchanging good practices with cooperation and innovation using the opportunities and facilities in our partner schools and their environment; and help them carry up to the higher standards in the real life situations.

 

In the “skills” section of the 2020 strategic plan, it is stated that about 80 million people have low or basic skills, but lifelong learning benefits mostly the more educated. By 2020, 16 million more jobs will require high qualifications, while the demand for low skills will drop by 12 million jobs.