The Croatian workshop
The implementation of the project activities in the third mobility was excellent. Croatian international workshop was attended by 24 foreign students and 6 teachers, a total of 51 students and 16 teachers during the 5 days. All the activities were planned according to the aims in order to improve student’s entrepreneurial and leadership skills, to offer new contents to students and the local communities, to share innovative practices, to make teachers aware of the necessity to cooperate at transnational level, to improve foreign language and communication skills of all the participants. The main agenda items were accomplished.
Welcoming at school was organised by the headmaster, host teachers and students. A short guided tour around the school, was followed by the short welcoming show. National Hero presentations and Kahoot quiz allowed learning about history and the important people who influenced partner’s countries’ past or present. “Leadership and young people” - lecture held by the school’s former student and now successful entrepreneur, who explained how the most important thing is to have an idea and to be brave to follow it. Lecture / workshop “Reading as communication” held by English language teacher in order to improve communication skills, to encourage reading and to boost the quality of reading. The students played ice-breaking games on the playground in order to get to know each other, learn leadership skills and increase their ability to work in team and group. Math's Workshops were organised by each country due to improvement of the student’s mathematical and logical skills, measurements, evaluation, calculation, proportions and geometry.
The participants went to the cultural trip to the nature park Kopački rit and were introduced to the Croatian culture, architecture and historical monuments during the tour of the Fortress and the Upper Town of Osijek. Through learning about the national heritage and history the students acquired cultural knowledge, tolerance, open-mindedness.
The workshops - The messages of friendship; The Material Flowers; The Grain Pictures were attended by all the students. By making an actual product for sale at The Fall Fair and by determining the right price of it, the students acquired entrepreneurial skills. During group work they learned about leadership and increased motivation for language learning. The vote for the dictionary cover was done publicly and the students had to evaluate and assess the covers before voting. Teams (photographers, journalists and posters/decorating team) prepared the photo presentations, the daily reports, the decorations and the handmade posters. In the workshops the students used cooperation for innovation and they realized their ideas. They were autonomous in learning and improved critical and creative thinking. In the ICT Teachers Workshop, the teachers exchanged the good practices, got inspiration in teaching new methods and improved communication. The Fall Fair was prepared by all the classes and the project participants (the entrepreneurial skills were developed). The fair increased collaboration with local stakeholders and entrepreneurs (the local entrepreneurs sold their products too). Farewell families’evening was prepared by the parents and hosting families who made food and drinks for the closing ceremony. The certificates and presents were given. The official part of the programme was followed by the dinner, music and dancing. The casual communication helped in better understanding of the culture of participating countries. A cultural trip in Zagreb - they learned about its history and culture, visited the centre and the Parliament.
Everything planned was successfully implemented and fulfilled. The evaluating survey proved that students and teachers learned and did a lot. Students acquired entrepreneurial skills; increased their ability to work in teams; gained better understanding of practices, policies and systems in education; gained cultural awareness; improved their fluency in English; improved critical and creative thinking; increased sense of initiative; developed interpersonal competences.Teachers and school staff improved professional and interpersonal competences; gained knowledge about European educational systems; improved their competences in Project management, communication, teambuilding and conflict management abilities and skills; got motivation for further professional development and personal growth. The participating schools gained useful cultural and educational experience; exchanged good practices and effective cooperation with schools from abroad; increased interest in learning and acquiring entrepreneurial skills for life-long learning; improved competences for the 21st century job market. The hosting school and community engaged 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.