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”School of Life – how to increase the chances of disabled students and students with autism in adult life?”
Duration of the project: 1 June 2019 – 31 May 2021
Grant amount: 16 992 euros
Coordinator: Michał Drozdowski email@example.com
Selected training courses:
- „Coaching and mentoring. Innovative technics for teachers, mentors and educators to fight drop up and motivate youth”– the course in Italy
- „Professional Orientation in Education” – the course in Portugal
- „Stop! Qualitative classroom management and innovative strategies to fight against early school leaving” – the course in France (Reunion Island)
- „Non formal learning– the golden door for an innovative future for schools” – the course in France (Reunion Island
- „Inclusive education and special needs, the Italian experience of overcoming students’ segregation” – the course in Italy
- „How we avoid dropouts in schools – the way of Finland” – the course in Finland
Inclusive Independent Secondary School “Amigo” obtained funding for the project:
“School of life – how to increase the chances of disabled students and students with autism in adult life”.
The school is an institution where 93 learners and 36 employees – teachers, therapists and career counsellors . The school is adapted to the needs of students with special educational needs (Asperger Syndrome, hearing and sight impairment, ADD, ADHD emotional disorders). The main objective of our project is to improve the quality of life of the less fortunate in educational process as well as in their adult life.
The specific objectives of our project “School of life – how to increase the chances of disabled students and students with autism in adult life” are:
- to enhance social integration and independence of the disabled
- to prepare the underprivileged to participate in labour market
- to prevent the early school leaving by people with disabilities
- to propose the non-formal education programmes
- to improve the quality of teaching by introducing new educational methods
- to increase the mobility of the staff
- to improve the language skills of the staff
- to intensify international cooperation between educational institutions.
In order to achieve described goals the five people of the school staff were selected for the project. They possess required qualifications, meet the formal requirements regarding education, training and professional experience. Their level of English is sufficient for the requirements of the project. They teach Polish, English, German, Maths. One of them is a school counsellor. Our activities concern:
- the analysis of the demands of the students as well as of the school staff
- the defining of the aims of the project
- choosing the participants of the project
- preparing the participants to involve in the courses (through language lessons, meetings concentrated on Erasmus+ project „Mobility of school education staff”
- attendance in courses: in France (Non-Formal Education), Italy and France (Coaching and Mentoring. Motivational Actions and Prevention of Early School Leaving), Finland and Italy (Education Systems for People with Special Educational Needs in the EU), Portugal (Career Orientation. Work Preparation)
- setting up the crucial aims and implementing the proper strategies in work place
- preparing pre-orientation employment programme
- introducing benefits of non-formal education to school
- spreading the advantages of the project in local communities as well as in organisations which work for people with disabilities
- evaluating the project
- continuing the cooperation with institutions from EU
- applying internet sources
- platforms for collaboration and exchanging of ideas, sharing experience with other institutions.
We have strong belief that the participating in the Erasmus+ project would be advantageous for the students from our school since their chances to become independent members of the society would increase as well as their chances concerning career opportunities. What is more, it would also be beneficial for the school staff because attractive and efficient methods would be adapted into teaching and therapeutic programmes. Additionally, the students’ motivation to learn would increase and their involvement in social life would increase. All those factors would contribute to improving their quality of life.