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How did the international CIVEEL Project benefit students and teachers?

Evaluation of all the benefits of the project was the main goal of the final conference held in the French city of Metz at the beginning of July. Representatives of all the partners who worked on the project for two years attended the conference. The companies that let students apply their knowledge practically during exchange stays were also involved in the project.

“Being a partner in this project was an exceptionally interesting experience for the students and all of us, and it helped improve our skills. At the start, we felt we wouldn’t be able to manage, but we did—not only the teachers but the students who took part in exchanges are now much more experienced and have much greater confidence,” said Tomáš Hrubec, a teacher from Masaryk Secondary School of Agriculture in Opava.

Representatives of twelve secondary schools and three regions agreed that the project allowed them to become familiar with teaching methods in other countries and reminded how important it is not to fear communicating in a foreign language and how enriching it is to become familiar with the culture and customs of other European countries. One of the students added, “The exchange stays during the project forced me to overcome my shyness and I had to do my best to communicate with friends from France and Poland in English. It was wonderful to see how students are taught in these countries, and we could certainly be inspired by some things. I am more confident and may even try studying abroad because of this exchange.”

The CIVEEL Project, which commenced at the beginning of September in 2017 and is now ending after two years, was financed under the Erasmus+ programme with EUR 157,665. The main goal of the project was to make vocational education more attractive to students and to increase the employability of students on the European job market. It is assumed that the partner schools will continue working together. As well as vocational schools specialising in chemistry, the hotel industry, agriculture and transport, regional authorities from the Moravian Silesian Region, the French Grand Est region and the Polish Lublin Voivodeship also took part in the project. “I would like to let schools know that they should not hesitate to take part in similar projects. It would be a great benefit.” concluded Barbora Weissová, a teacher at the Academic Heyerovský Secondary Industrial School of Chemistry in Ostrava.

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