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Leonardo Pilot Project with Polish Co-operation

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A European commission started a project, within the scope of the program LEONARDO DA VINCI, on the 1st of October 2003. The LEONARDO DA VINCI action-program is a subsidized occupational training project. The project included 20 Partners from 5 European countries including 5 Polish participants.

The project partner's ambition was to develop a cross national modular concept for the configuration of a vocational education for a sustainable development.

Since the Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro in 1992, concepts of sustainable development are globally on political agendas. The aims of sustainable development include the ambition to meet financial, ecological and social requirements without affecting the developing prospects of generations to succeed.

Sustainability is deemed to be a key-word for the obligatory and necessary social-ecological reform of society, which leads to a rethinking in almost all spheres.

The implementation of this approach is a social configuration- and learning-process, in which the vocational education should be exceptionally supported. It is possible to experience the co-operation and interaction of the ecological, economical and social aspects (the elements of sustainable development) in occupational everyday life.

Therefore, vocational education must accomplish a contribution which enables prospective skilled employees to orientate their occupational action to sustainable development.

This should be accomplished so that prospective employees are in the position to fulfill their occupational tasks regarding:

  • ecological and safety regulations, as well as

  • economical digits

Within the scope of the project, the partners are responsible for developing

  • a modular curriculum which is influenced by ideas resulting from the altercation of sustainable development

  • requirements for the organisation regarding education for cross-national learning of students in vocational schools.

The methodical approach determines:

  • International groups of students in the processing of projects concerning sustainable development. (Acquirement of knowledge concerning production and consumption modules, which is compatible and relevant in the future)

  • Utilisation of modern information and communication resources. (Ability of students to utilize modern information and communication resources as a learning and working medium)

  • Application of foreign languages. (Extension of skills in foreign languages)

  • Independent learning to the greatest possible extent. (Ability of long-life learning)

Possible subjects for the project work could include:

  • Hazard analysis for procedures, methods and products.

  • Possibility and prospects of resource protection.

  • Product integrated environmental protection.

  • Efficiency and sufficiency.

  • Analysing of international environmental law.

The initiator of this project is a vocational education establishment in Dresden, the Sächsische Bildungsgesellschaft für Umweltschutz und Chemieberufe Dresden mbH. Partners for the project include 5 German, 5 Polish, 3 Hungarian and 3 Dutch members.

The project partnership includes vocational education establishments from all participating countries. As a result, the contribution of business and research institutions from 5 different countries (including OTI - Innovation Transfer Centre in Warsaw), the development of educational concepts under the influence of the requirements of the economy is determined.

The project was accompanied by the Technical University Dresden and the University for Technology and Agriculture Bydgoszcz. This partnership was supplemented by national vocational education establishments from Slovakia, Holland, as well as a German business, concerned with e-learning.

The opening workshop of the project is taking place on the 15th and 16th of December in Dresden. The aim of this meeting is a co-operation in the process of the adoption of a mutual working plan, as well as the formulation of a standard strategy concerning the project.

The ambition of the pilot project has proved to be very important for the further development of the vocational education in Europe. It is therefore very important to attain further interested partners for the project. This could lead to a propagation of the project results.

National project committees are formed in the participating countries. The members of these committees should have an advisory function as well as that of distributing the project results.

Those interested in the project are kindly requested to contact the project agency or one of the Polish project partners:

  1. Bernd-Michael Schirwitz - m.schirwitz@sbgdd.de
    Sächsische Bildungsgesellschaft für Umweltschutz und Chemieberufe Dresden mbH, Gutenbergstr. 6, 01307 Dresden

  2. Prof. Jerzy Gaca - gaca@atr.bydgoszcz.pl
    Katedra Chemii i Ochrony Środowiska Wydział Technologii i Inżynierii Chemicznej, ul. Seminaryjna 3, 85-326 Bydgoszcz

  3. Helena Korolewska-Mróz - hm@wip.pw.edu.pl
    Ośrodek Transferu Innowacji, IMIK PW, Narbutta 85, 02-524 Warszawa

  4. Edward Okonek - ZSCH_bydgoszcz@poczta.onet.pl
    Zespół Szkół Chemicznych, ul. Łukasiewicza 3, 85-821 Bydgoszcz

This Project is financially supported by the European Community.

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