Strategic Partnership

“Miguel de Cervantes” Bilingual High School is a secondary school in Bucharest, including all three levels of pre-university education: primary (forms I-IV), elementary (forms V-VIII) and secondary (forms IX-XII). Both the teachers and the school board strive for each student to reach their maximum potential.

Miguel de Cervantes encourages students to develop their sense of respect, responsibility, and courage to help foster bright and motivated members of society. The school also aims to inspire further education.

During the 1990-1991 academic year, Miguel de Cervantes became the first high school in Romania to offer intensive Spanish classes (for the primary and elementary levels) and bilingual classes for the high school level.

The school is consistently involved in various European and local projects and programmes, which aim to broaden the educational offerings of the school and enrich students’ learning experiences.

Teachers of Miguel de Cervantes decided to partner in the European Project School – Future Labs due to their interest in both diversifying their teaching methods and improving the 12-13-year old students’ language skills. This project represents a welcome challenge for both Physics and Spanish teachers, as an interdisciplinary approach has never before been adopted in Romanian schools.

Liceul Bilingv, MIGUEL DE CERVANTES”
e-mail: [email protected]
web: www.liceulcervantes.ro

Primary School № 49 “Benito Juarez” was founded over 30 years ago.

The school, attended by one thousand students, is the largest school in size within the Poduyane district. About 60 teachers are employed at Benito Juarez, leading classes from the nursery stage through 7th grade.

The school offers unique programs such as choreography, art, and tennis. Our students have won awards at the national level in each of these disciplines. Both English and Spanish language classes are also included in the curriculum.

Our headmaster chose to participate in this project, as this new method of learning would be a highly constructive and inspiring experience for our students.

We are thrilled to take part in the project Schools: Future Labs.

The mission of International School Uwekind is to cultivate well-rounded, responsible, independent thinking global citizens, with a passion for learning. Uwekind is committed to providing a supportive and nurturing learning environment in which all members of the community are motivated to achieve their individual potential.

International School Uwekind provides IPC education (International Primary Curriculum) and is a member of IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) authorized in MYP and a candidate for Diploma.

At International School Uwekind we aim to foster a love of language as a means of engaging with society and developing an appreciation of culture. We want our students to develop the necessary and relevant skills to effectively and confidently understand and communicate language through quality learning and teaching.

To achieve its goals Uwekind is open to new educational methods, which provide appropriate support for teachers and enhance children’s learning.

The Schools: Future Labs project is committed to developing a methodology that transforms language and STEM subject education, so that students become more self-motivated, exploratory participants in their own learning process. This initiative harmonizes perfectly with the Uwekind school’s mission.

 

Social Primary School no 4 in Cracow is one of the schools included in the unit of Juliusz Słowacki general education school of welfare education community in Cracow. In addition to primary school the team includes Social Nursery “Julek”, Social Gymnasium no 7 and III Community High School.

Furthermore since 2014 alongside the school a non public House of Culture “Juliusz” exists. Our school is situated in historical centre of Cracow, the Małopolska Capitol and an old Capitol of Poland. Attendance in all our schools is over 500 pupils, and over 300 in the Primary school itself. Our Students are learning English from the age of 6. Spanish, French or German is introduced in 5th grade.

Ample educational program, diversified after school clubs, teachers with very high qualifications, small classes and small groups for foreign languages lessons provides children with perfect learning conditions and enables them to expand their talents.

Our school chose to join the s:fl project as it offered an interesting interdisciplinary method of learning, combining science and Spanish. We thereby aimed to foster the interest of our students for science while simultaneously raising their awareness of the need to develop language skills so necessary in the modern world.

Through the training included in the project our teachers had the opportunity to learn new teaching methods – CLLIL and to include them in their day to day work. The mobile laboratories used in this project also enabled our students to develop their practical skills and to shape their attitudes as young explorers.

The National College “Ion Maiorescu” located in the centre of the city of Giurgiu in Romania, is the oldest secondary school of our city and was founded in 1869. It consists of several buildings: lyceum (grades 9-12), high school (grades 5-8), sports hall and home (this building needs to be repaired). It has several laboratories (physics, chemistry, biology, computer science laboratory) and a library (27000 volumes).

The College has classes for mathematics – computer science, mathematics – natural sciences, philology, Intensive – English, social sciences. Every year, the students participate in the National stages of the Olympics and they get prizes and commendations

This project was an opportunity to broaden the study of the German language in a bilingual context for our school. In a united Europe, in today’s society, communication and understanding play an important role. The bilingual teaching offered students the opportunity not only to master the language itself, but also technical terms from different fields (physics, chemistry, etc.)

The cooperation with colleagues from other countries was also a good experience. We could see how our colleagues in other countries work in the classroom and vice versa, and choose the best methods for language and subject teaching.

Ellinogermaniki Agogi pursues with great interest and a restive mind the developments in the field of education: It is a multi-unit educational institution comprising 2200 students of pre-primary, primary and secondary education, and 235 teaching and 330 administration staff. Today it is one of the most modern educational institutions in Greece, using the most up-to-date facilities, an enriched curriculum, experienced and skilled teaching staff. Moreover and, most importantly, through consistency on principles and respect towards pupils and parents, the school has pursued a multifaceted education for its students.

Since 1969, the school has introduced the German language as the first foreign language its students get exposed to, systematically and intensively at all levels (therefore the name “Ellinogermaniki Agogi”). Within the scope of the broadest possible education and through a series of social and cultural activities the school aims to achieve what is suggested by its very name: a balanced combination of the restless Greek spirit with the German precision.

Consistent with its pursue of educational innovations in general, but also more particularly in science education and new technologies, Ellinogermaniki Agogi has joined the project “Schools: Future Labs” which introduces the teaching of German in the teaching of science of 5th and 6th school year students, via the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) approach.

Instituto Cervantes is a public institution founded in 1991 by the Government of Spain, with the aim of promoting Spanish language teaching, and fostering knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic American culture. Instituto Cervantes is located on five continents and has more than 90 centres in over 43 countries around the world.

Spanish is the second most widely used language for international communication in areas such as finance, culture and science, in addition to being a language that facilitates job opportunities. Instituto Cervantes functions effectively for the promotion and dissemination of Spanish-speaking culture.

One of the Institution´s main aims is to inspire and motivate the use of Spanish and to encourage all means and activities which contribute to the language´s dissemination on a global scale. Within this frame and following the European language policy, Instituto Cervantes recognizes the importance of being present in European projects which promote the exchange of experiences and encourages many countries to come together. The organization is mindful of the importance of mastering other languages as the basis for greater personal and professional opportunities. Spanish, with 470 million speakers worldwide, is undoubtedly one of the languages with the most potential and therefore, it is important to be put into practice from the earliest ages.

The s:fl project meets the goals set by the Erasmus + program that include, among others, knowledge of several languages and lifelong learning in education and training for youth. Instituto Cervantes contributes to establishing its presence in Europe, both institutionally through collaboration with educational institutions (University of Athens, University of Shumen Bulgaria, Department of the Ministry of Education of Spain and MSCDN in Poland) and at the educational level in schools.

The Spanish Embassy’s Education Office in Romania and in the Republic of Moldova depends at a functional level on The Education Office in Romania. It is part of the Spanish Educational Action abroad that is currently developed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. As such, it promotes and spreads Spanish language and culture, and manages the programs developed in the field of education between Spain and Romania (notably the ten Spanish bilingual sections in Romanian High Schools all over the country).

Notable functions include:

  • the supervision of current programs created in collaboration with the Romanian and Spanish Ministry of Education.
  • the organization of continuous teacher support and training in collaboration with the Menéndez Pelayo International University in Santander (Spain).
  • the promotion of international projects of association as a means to increase mutual knowledge among Romanian and Spanish educational centers.

The participation in the Project “Schools: Future Labs” offers the Education Office in Romania the following benefits:

  • to know and share good practices with relevant European educational institutions
  • to participate in a cutting-edge experience that may open new areas of interest specifically for Spanish as well as foreign languages in general
  • to provide support to one of the high schools with a Spanish bilingual section, with the aim of extending results to other educational institutions and centers
  • to collaborate with the Instituto Cervantes, the language institute for Spanish
  • to disseminate the results of the investigation carried out through the extensive network of Spain Education offices in the world (thus benefiting the project by attracting recognition of our institution and collaboration with prestigious partners)

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is the largest higher learning state institution in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. With a student body of about 108,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, over 2,000 members of academic staff, and approximately 1,300 administrative and secretarial staff and specialized personnel, the University of Athens aims at excellence in both teaching and research in a significantly varied range of disciplines.

The Science Laboratory was founded in 1995 and is located at the 4th floor of Faculty of Primary Education of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Professor George Kalkanis has been the Director of the Laboratory since its opening.  Educational activities of the Laboratory include: Science education (theoretical and practical/experimental) for undergraduate students, science education and educational technologies of in-practice-teachers of primary and secondary education, theoretical science education, and experimental practice in the Laboratory of postgraduate students.

Research Activities of the Laboratory include:

  • New Ways on Teaching and Experimentation in Science, Modelling / Simulation / Animation of Micro Cosmos (Monte Carlo method)
  • Sensors /Actuators driven by the Computer in Science Educational Laboratory
  • Information Technology Application to Science and Environmental Education
  • Distance Learning, Design, Application and Evaluation of Educational Simulations and Educational Software for Science and Technology
  • Participation in many National and International Experimental / Educational Programs

The results of Laboratory’s educational and experimental activities are featured in magazines and also presented in a wide variety of publications at international conferences.

The driving force behind the development of Mazowieckie Samorządowe Centrum Doskonalenia Nauczycieli (MSCDN) in 2005 was to create a coherent, modern and effective system of in-service training for Mazovian teachers.

The training personnel of the Mazovian In-Service Teacher Training Centre consist of experienced advisors and teachers. These consultants, professionals in their respective subjects, aim to consistently advance their competence within various areas of education. Our personnel focuses on preparing and implementing a comprehensive training offer realized by professionals (professors of the universities, lecturers and educators), both external and internal for the Centre.

We are concerned with our development and the support of schools in their development. The Centre finds solutions to methodological and educational problems. MSCDN also seeks partners within many professional institutions, Polish and foreign universities among others, to develop another area of interest – Educational Projects. A small sample of projects MSCDN is involved in includes: The Professional Teacher’s Academy, A Wakening School, The TOC , The School in Democracy, Early Language Education, Mazovian Talent and Career Centra and others.

Our interest in the Schools: Future Labs Project stemmed from our desire to support CLIL development in Polish schools, and to support our teachers in Language and STEM subjects.

The Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research in Romania designs, substantiates, and applies global strategy of education. Moreover, it sets out the objectives of the education system as a whole, as well as the educational objectives regarding learning level and profiles. It is responsible for developing and implementing the educational policy in accordance with Article 2 of the Education Law no. 84/1995.

By selecting the ”Future Labs” Project, students and teachers wish to develop knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity by acquiring competencies and abilities necessary for personal development and for active citizenship.

This Project promotes strategies focusing on the cooperation between partners, as well as a formal and informal educational component.

We also wish to share constructive practices, which will help us to evolve as European citizens.

Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen is one of the five classical universities in Bulgaria. The Department for Information, Qualification and Lifelong Learning in Varna, established in 1955, is part of the university structure. The Department organizes and carries out various forms of upgrading the professional qualification of educational staff in the system of secondary school education through the following: instructive, thematic and compound courses, practice seminars and trainings for acquiring and improving professional skills, and professional and educational specialized courses and workshops. A significant part of the Department’s work is awarding educational staff with professional and qualification degrees.

The Department has Training Centres for foreign languages. Courses are regularly organized for foreign language teachers by using IT (in modules) and for teachers of natural sciences. Natural science instructors are taught in a foreign language in the secondary school.

The Department staff’s research is primarily concerned with improving and modernizing the secondary school education system in Bulgaria. One of the main aims and activities of the Department for Information, Qualification and Lifelong Learning – Varna is the Teacher Training and the Development of Lesson Plans, as well as the preparation of teaching materials for the learners. The Department is experienced in implementing CLIL-method in primary school education and teacher trainings.

This project inspired further training courses and workshops for foreign language teachers and STEM subject teachers. During team training for instructors, foreign language skills were further developed and the team teaching model motivated students and raised their interest in STEM subjects.