CEPA La Balanguera participates again in a new project KA2 “Popular high school and a civil society, from cultural education to a higher level of literacy”, whose description is added at the end of this document. What follows below is the document as it was written before starting this project.

CEPA LA BALANGUERA currently participates in two Erasmus + projects. The duration of both projects is two years including the academic periods of 2016/7 and 2017/8.

The first one is a mobility project for Adult Education (KA1), called “Balanguera: reshaping the school”, in which three representatives of the Center: the Principal, the Counselor and the Erasmus Coordinator will visit two institutions with the objective of learning from them to apply the new knowledge to our school.

The second project is a Strategic Partnership in the field of adult education (KA2), called “ICT: the way it’s done in Europe”. The goal is for each of the partners to contribute with their experience in ICT so that the rest can benefit from it. Three teachers of our school will brief the rest of the participants in the use of the Edmodo platform and will learn from our German, Italian and Polish partners, which we be will visiting during this school year and the next. The rest of the teachers will be able to make their contribution when our partners visit next May.

 (KA1) “Balanguera: rebuilding the school”

The two institutions to visit are YouNet, a very active Italian NGO in the field of youth and vocational training. Most of our students are between the ages of 18 and 25, and we want to know what can be done in this field within the framework of Erasmus + projects, with the future intention of launching a project in this field. On the other hand, they have experience in the management of periods of vocational training, which is especially interesting for our center since we have a Training Cycle of Hairdressing and Personal Image. This November 2016 we visited the YouNet headquarters in Bologna, and as a result of the visit we foresee to possibility of sending some of our students to Italian hairdressers’ and beauty centers to carry out their practices for a period between one and three months.

As for the second institution, Het-Perspectief, an adult school based in Flanders (Belgium), we face a different situation. The organizational changes that have taken place in the coordination of Erasmus programs and in the directing team in the Centre have led them to rethinking their participation in the project. Last November 2016 we were notified of their refusal to take part in it, which makes the visit impossible. Since then we are looking for new partners with similar characteristics. These would be adult schools incorporating foreign language teaching and adult secondary education in their educational offer.

(KA2) “New technologies: what is done in Europe”.

The second of the projects does not focus on the mobility of teaching staff for training purposes. It’s a Strategic Partnership designed for the knowledge and dissemination of technology applied to the world of education. The participants in the project are active institutions in the field of adult education in Palermo (Italy), Itzehoe (Germany), Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and Zlotow (Poland). The project grants ten mobilities, of which, the first one, in Rome was attended as to the definition of objectives, calendar and other organizational and management issues,. The next three were held between 11 and 13 December 2016, in the city of Itzehoe. There we were introduced to the technological tools used by the other partners. We also enjoyed an exhaustive visit to the facilities and a presentation of the educational offer of the institution.

The next meeting will take place in May and our school will be the host institution. The format will be very similar to the one described in the previous section: visiting the school, a briefing on our educational offer and presentation of the tools used, with special emphasis on the Edmodo platform.

KA2 Culture & Education. Briefing

“Folk high school and a civil society – from cultural education to increased level of literacy” – is the title of the project, which on the one hand perfectly fits in the interest and work of our association and partners, whom we invited to implement this project, and may also be very helpful in enriching the work of teachers of partner organizations in developing the civil society.

The year 2018 was declared the Year of Cultural Heritage by the European Commission (EYCH -European Year of Cultural Heritage). In the Culture Development Strategy (Strategia Rozwoju Kultury) 2004-2020 it is noted that the participation in culture is one of the aspects of socio-economic development. During talks with our foreign partners, we decided, considering those two aspects, this is a great moment to present our project. The more so because in each country our partners come from, there are similar problems with participation in culture and with a low level of basic skills (according to PIAAC, over 16% of European adults have problems with basic skills).

While preparing this project, all partner organizations carried out quite detailed internal analyses toidentify the following problems:

  1. Very few students interested in the offer – problems of the institution
  2. Non-attractive courses for adults – the reluctance of educators to the novelty resulting from the fear of the unknown
  3. Low basic skills of the local community
  4. Lack of educational offer promoting the language and culture of the region among expatriates (foreigners)
  5. A large percentage of people with low basic skills. The main goals of our project, on which we and our partners particularly care are:
  6. An increase in the number of participants in courses improving basic skills
  7. Expanding the educational offer taking into account the needs of the local community
  8. Inspiring the staff to introduce new educational solutions (cultural education with education for the improvement of basic competences)
  9. Organization of pilot courses on basic skills through cultural education.The international dimension of this project will allow participants to verify their skills and learn new

methods of working with students. Thanks to trips to international project meetings to Spain, Italy,Germany and Poland related to culture and local traditions, teachers from all partner institutions will raise their own cultural awareness of partner countries / regions and enrich their own “workshop”.

The increase in the competences of educators will correspond directly into the increase of the level of basic skills amongst adults living in the local communities. In the opinion of the authors of the project,such selected priorities are consistent with the idea of the entire project, with its goals and with accordance to the Europe 2020 . At the same time, those priorities are a response to the needs of society across Europe

Due to the fact that the project laguage will be English, we expect our teachers to improve their language skills. Taking into account the fact of different locations of partners in various cultural areas, the participants of these meetings will gain knowledge about the culture of partner countries. During meetings they will have the opportunity to exchange experiences with other educators related to cultural education in different countries. Such meetings will certainly contribute to improving interpersonal competences and team work skills.

After the completion of the project “Folk high school and a civil society – from cultural education to increased level of literacy” , we are confident that by using the knowledge and skills, teachers of our schools will be much better prepared to help increase the percentage of people participating in adult. Enriched with new methods and forms of educational activities adquired by partners we will allow to reduce the number of adults with low basic skills for example by increasing the numbers of participants in cultural education courses in each partner’s organization.

The project’s innovations is based on using curtural eduaction to imporve the levels of basic skills in the fiels of reading, writing and ICT. It is much easier to encourge them to take part in activities related to cultural education very broadly understood. During singing, learning about tradition and cooking you can also practice and improve basic skills and at the same time enrichic your knowledge abourt culture. This makes people more creative and active which relates directly into the civil society.