EC Project Number: 2017-1-ES01-KA219-037960

Project title: Creative Learners, Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

Short-term exchanges of groups of pupils: mobility to Latvia

Dates: November 5th-November 10th, 2017

 

The purpose of the meeting:

The first mobility was carefully planned according the project priorities and aims; it was organised according beforehand planned activities and meant to raise students’ and teachers’ awareness of the importance and current necessity of learning and teaching leadership and entrepreneurship at school. During the mobility students learned how being a creative, responsible and initiative learner will help to become more successful in choosing career and in future in general.

The mobility addressed all the main objectives of the project:

  • To boost students’ entrepreneurial skills and to equip students with the necessary knowledge and foster employability in European countries, and focus on young people in the partner schools as the guarantees for our common future;
  • To enrich the participating organisations with innovative, effective or successful policies and practices to be implemented in work with students and young Europeans;
  • To make teachers aware of the necessity to cooperate at transnational level and improve their ability to work in international teams;
  • To boost foreign language and communication skills of all participants;
  • To find out further areas for professional development and personal growth;
  • To emphasize international friendship and intercultural awareness; to encourage active European citizenship.

 

 

 The main agenda items:

Creative Learners: Creative Math lessons. The students, involved into the project led Math lessons to Vaiņodes school’s students. They used innovative and creative ideas which were unusual and motivating for other students to learn Math. The participants from all the involved countries tried teaching as a profession. All the participants were very well prepared and could not only share the innovations with each other but also take the creative ideas and approaches home.

Project Logo Contest was the activity that had to be prepared before the mobility. The teams prepared the logos at their schools and brought them to Latvia. All the countries were very creative and had bright ideas. Catalan team won. Then, the logo was used for the project flag to be taken to all other mobilities.

National Hero presentations and Kahoot games. The event was a big success as it allowed learning about the project partners’ culture, history and the important people who influenced/influence each country’s past or present. The participants could learn about bright examples of leadership and initiative.

Hosting families’ evening was also planned to fit into the project objectives. Former students from Vainode vidusskola involved the participants into different Improvisation Theatre activities, which helped students to overcome their shyness and even tiredness as this still was the very first and long day in Latvian school. Through games and performances all the participants were given the message and some might have learned that you “Have to Be in It to Win It” and “If not You, Then Who?” After the event all the participants could try some Latvian food made by hosting families, which was an introduction to Latvian cuisine.

The international teams had a chance to attend 3-4 lessons to get acquainted to Latvian system of education and to see different methods and approaches in teaching and learning; to become aware of differences and similarities in the systems; to notice different behaviours and styles of learners and teachers in the hosting school.

ICT/Teachers’ Favourite Tools Fair was also planned when designing the project. The participating teachers shared their best and favourite IT tools which help make their lessons more modern and appealing to our 21st century students. The workshop turned to be very intensive and fruitful and could last much longer than it was planned as teachers were eager to share and give different tips as well as to learn from the international colleagues.

Leadership Training Workshops organised by Vainodes vidusskola were devoted to Modern Communication and its issues. The participants learned how to listen effectively to each other; how to be heard among hundreds voices; how to communicate the ideas in a team; how to improve communication so that to rich a common goal; why communication is one of the most important skills and abilities to learn to become more successful in life. It can be mentioned that some students were a bit shocked when they saw how much easier to rich a goal when working in team as one. During this learning activity students understood how important it is to learn languages.

To boost students’ entrepreneurial skills and to teach them how hobby may become a business there were organised Local Entrepreneurs Presentations. During these presentations the participants could see how Latvian rye bread is made, could help in kneading bread dough and of course to taste unusual types of bread. The other presentation involved learning about plants and herbs to be grown and gathered locally to make different spices and teas. The participants seemed to enjoy very different from their cuisines tastes and the creative tasks on “garden biology”. The local entrepreneurs tried to persuade students that if one likes doing or producing something and others might need the one’s product or service, the hobby may be turned into business; being creative also helps in becoming more business oriented. 

Creative workshops for the project participants. There were four different art workshops run by three Vainodes vidusskola’s teachers and one Vainode’s community’s representative to encourage and to teach the participants to create their own handcrafts and to equip them with the ideas for new hobbies to take up. All the handcrafts were included to the exhibition that showed how talented kids and adults can be.

Halloween Route. 11th graders of Vainode vidusskola suggested to organise a scary route for the guest participants to show how Latvian teenagers usually celebrate Halloween. They took up the entire organisation and proved that it is not only fun when have fun participating, but also when planning and organising fun activities for others.

All day Leadership Learning. Preparing festival day. Leadership can and has to be learnt and taught-it was decided when all 4 international teams started to work together to address common current needs at their schools: lack of initiative, avoiding responsibilities, low capacity of working in teams and wasting lots of time on social networking. As a solution, Vainodes vidusskola proposed Leadership Learning for all the participants taught by local youth worker and mentor for former British Council programme Dreams+Teams. Students learnt how through leading in sport they can learn essential leadership skills and acquire leaders’ qualities. They learnt how important to be a team to reach the goal and each one’s contribution to the team work lead to better achievements and results. The participating teachers were learning how to teach leadership and how to teach using non-formal methods.

Work in Teams. All the participants were divided into teams according their abilities and wishes. They had to observe their work led by the questions by teachers. They also had to find out the leadership skills possessed by their team co-worker. That helped them decide who the leader in each team was. Later, democratically they chose the leader for the upcoming event organised by themselves. Leadership skills learnt were applied in practice when preparing the big sport event for the whole Vainode vidusskol’s students as a gift for Latvia’s Independence Day.

When students were busy working on preparing the festival assisted by Vainodes vidusskola’s teachers the teachers involved into the project had meeting on planning next mobility, working on evaluation, planning dissemination, discussed the better methods in work with teenagers, checked if the implementation of the project takes place as it had been planned. The coordinating school’s representatives ran this meeting.

Big Event Day. Sport and Culture Festival for all school students organised by young leaders. Applying all the skills learned and previous knowledge acquired the participants prepared, organised and ran Sport and Art festival “Together. Kopa.” The school gym was turned into celebration venue decorated by huge words in five languages, flowers and balloons; music and dances from four participating countries made the place international; official speeches, local newspapers, funny cartoon heroes and happy school children filled the scene. Young leaders were working as a big and friendly team to reach the main goal-to make children happy or at least a bit happier through fun sport and art activities. Interviews and photos made the event even more meaningful for many participants.

Evaluation of the event took the place when the festival was over and still the work of cleaning and taking off the decoration was ahead. The young leaders in their teams went through the questionnaire prepared by the tutor to reflect on how good leaders they were and how well they all contributed to the common goal. All the participants evaluated their work very high and felt really enthusiastic about the work done. The flaws and misunderstandings did have place but they were fixed and thoroughly discussed.

Cultural trip to Liepaja. Where the wind is born. After the festival and huge wok done the participants went to the closest city-Liepaja to be introduced to Latvian culture, architecture and historical monuments. Liepaja Lake and The Baltic Sea, cold and grey and the global issues connected to the water provoked the eco discussions on environmental issues in Latvia, Europe and in the world in general. Walking tour allowed showing Liepaja’s musical soul and style, and maybe soul.

Celebrating Leadership and Entrepreneurship together. The participants could enjoy bowling game being in international teams to continue finding more leadership skills possessed by their bowling team members. It was an easy way to encourage the communication between different countries and cultures, to prove that sport and teamwork unite people from different places and backgrounds.

The last creative workshop took place in the Laima Chocolate museum, where students could craft and design their own chocolates and to bring them as souvenirs to their families. In the Laima Chocolate museum the participants could learn history of Riga, the stories about the most successful entrepreneurs in Latvia and think about the abilities they might have needed to become the successful businessmen and business owners.

Visiting Lido diner became the last activity in Latvia. It was also a great example of an outstanding creative idea turned into very successful and profitable business. All the participants could try delicious Latvian cuisine.

 The outcome:

During the short mobility all the participants worked hard and long hours to contribute the project goal and objectives. The five days turned to be very short time to implement all the activities planned. However, everything planned beforehand was successfully implemented and fulfilled. The evaluating survey proved that students and teachers learned and did a lot. There were reached such results and outcomes:

The students involved into the project developed interpersonal competences; increased their ability to work in teams; became aware of the importance of effective communication in team to reach a common goal; understood that an individual’s needs may be solved in teams more successfully.

The participants acquired entrepreneurial skills and to learned more theory about leadership and the leadership in sport.

They increased sense of initiative and hopefully became more active participant in society.

The students improved critical and creative thinking, applied these competences in real situations; and had a chance to see themselves as active doers, as agents of change, as active citizens.

They gained better understanding of practices, policies and systems in education. They tried and acquired more effective teaching and learning in practice. They experienced non-formal education.

The participants gained rich cultural awareness. They had a chance to see how differently people live, how different cultural, economic and historic background they have, They learned to tolerate other cultures and circumstances; gained new  cultural knowledge, open-mindedness, self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem.

While participating in lectures, workshops and hands on activities students learned more about evaluation and assessment techniques and criteria to evaluate their skills and abilities learnt and their contribution and participation.

Using English as the common language for all the participants, they increased motivation for language learning and improved their fluency in English.

During the mobility all the participants got to know a lot new people and made good friends in different European cultures.

The teachers and school staff improved professional competences and got inspiration in teaching new methods and teaching in general; were introduced to non-formal methods of teaching; are able to design more qualitative and creative lesson plans using project methods; gained knowledge about European educational systems; got motivation for further professional development and personal growth; improved interpersonal competences.

They reconsidered entrepreneurial and leadership education at school; learned more about leadership and entrepreneurship and the competences required;

The teachers involved improved the competences in Project management, improved communication, teambuilding and conflict management abilities and skills; learned more about evaluation and assessment techniques and criteria.

 Broadened their cultural awareness, had chance to see different culture from theirs, could analyse and discuss historical influence on Eastern European countries.

The participating schools gained unforgettable cultural and educational experience, exchanged good practices; increased interest in learning and acquiring entrepreneurial skills for life-long learning and improved competences for the 21st century job market; gained effective cooperation with schools from abroad.

The hosting school and community had an opportunity to increase organisational skills and abilities; gained valuable experienced in mobility organisation and planning; attracted society and community’s attention to the importance of leadership and entrepreneurship education in schools and the necessity to work more effectively in youth field. The participating parents could better appreciate teachers’ work and commitment and consider teachers as caring persons for the future of their countries, having more positive attitude to teaching as a profession.

In case there is a difference between what was planned and what was implemented, please explain why)

As it has been mentioned before, all the activities planned were implemented. However, it has to be mentioned that if there was more time for the mobilities, the participants would be able to learn more and benefit from the mobility to the greater extent.

The participants, students:

1.        

Ilona Pečule, Latvia

2.        

Kristers Kanders, Latvia

3.        

Līga Mame, Latvia

4.        

Sergejs Guļtjaevs, Latvia

5.        

Linda Ribčika, Latvia

6.        

Nikita Bulavkin, Latvia

7.        

Dāvids Bokums, Latvia

8.        

Deivids Vaitkus , Latvia

9.        

Loreta Pūlīte, Latvia

10.    

Diana Grozberga, Latvia

11.    

Mārtiņš Blumbergs, Latvia

12.    

Marija Taujena, Latvia

13.    

Nika Strēle, Latvia

14.    

Deivids Strazds , Latvia

15.    

Rajens Vaitkus , Latvia

16.    

Katrīna Sneibe, Latvia

17.    

Arturs Dolbins, Latvia

18.    

Kate Grundmane , Latvia

19.    

Daniels Jurjevs, Latvia

20.    

Artis Pavelsons, Latvia

21.    

Monta Stauga, Latvia

22.    

Jurģis Strēlis, Latvia

23.    

Ennija Lindene, Latvia

24.    

Līga Puļķe , Latvia

25.    

Laima Mangaude, Latvia

26.    

Endija Uļska, Latvia

27.    

Alekss Strazds, Latvia

28.    

Kitija Grisle, Latvia

29.    

Kitija Juzupe, Latvia

30.    

Viktorija Karzone, Latvia

31.    

Elina Taujena, Latvia

32.    

Samanta Sadauska, Latvia

33.    

Anna Trojka

34.    

Niks Davidenko, Latvia

35.    

Alise Lieģe, Latvia

36.    

Samanta Haļuta, Latvia

37.    

Madara Damberga, Latvia

38.    

Līva Barute, Latvia

39.    

Carla Izcara Casals, Spain

40.    

Robert Colpos, Spain

41.    

Estel Ezquerra Vitores, Spain

42.    

Aina Companys, Spain

43.    

Plamena Georgieva,  Bulgaria

44.    

Simona Stanilova , Bulgaria

45.    

Matija Povazanj , Croatia

46.    

Tereza Andonova , Bulgaria

47.    

Daria Demian , Spain

48.    

Gemma Casals Siso,  Spain

49.    

Gabriel Doric, Croatia

50.    

Fran Vrajic,  Croatia

51.    

Bianca Spulber, Spain

52.    

Kristian Stoynov,  Bulgaria

53.    

Jana Bilik Ribes,  Spain

54.    

Cristina Pirv, Spain

55.    

Lucija Bibic, Croatia

56.    

Petra Dorusak, Croatia

57.    

Ivan Yanchev, Bulgaria

58.    

Laia Vilanova, Spain

59.    

Maya Bojinova, Bulgaria

60.    

Iva Prcic, Croatia

61.    

David Fernandez Gonzalez, Spain