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Preamble

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Preamble

  1. 1. Preamble The chances for young people to find an attractive and challenging job does not only depend on the quality of their school education but also on a variety of competences such as the ability to work on their own initiative, the willingness to perform on a high quality level, self-confidence and the readiness for lifelong learning. In the Erasmus + project ‘Power up! Get active for your future’ we aim at encouraging and enabling our students to employ their self-initiative and commitment as well as to recognize their personal skills and competences in order to build their professional future. Five European schools were involved in this Erasmus + project: The “Collége Louis Pergaud” in France, the “IES Clara Campoamor” in Spain, the “Colegiul National Ionita Asan” in Romania, the “Experimental Zosimaia Junior High School” in Greece and the “Realschule Uetze” in Germany. This multimedia publication summarizes the results of our project activities, and provides with tools that could be used by teachers eager to carry on similar activities with their students. It consists in two main parts: ‘Power up!’ and ‘Get active for your future’. The main aim of the first part ‘Power up!’ is to rise our pupils’ awareness for a more responsible and active lifestyle. Habits concerning food, physical activity and the critical use of digital media are seen as an important precondition for a successful working career and for a fulfilled course of life as well. In form of brochures, power point presentations and recipe books, typical food and eating habits of the participating countries are presented. Different surveys show the students’ habits concerning food and physical activity. ‘What is healthy food and what does our body need?’ – a video gives answers to these questions. Furthermore, detailed information about a balanced diet, nutrition and physical activity, eating disorders like obesity and the influence of exercise on the psyche are given in this e-book as well. ‘A recipe book for youngsters’ contains recipes for healthy dishes which can be prepared in a short time – a combination that meets the requirements of the future life of the young people. A fitness test compares the sportiness of the students in the participating countries and short video clips show the different sportive activities during the Learning / Teaching and Training Activities. A video clip informs about dangers of the internet and existing European laws to protect personal data on the web. Finally it presents ways to achieve an optimal work-life-balance. Different methods for stress relaxation in form of games and dances are illustrated. As playing music is especially valuable for stress relaxation, the contents of the project are processed in a rap which is performed by the students of all nations in form of a podcast. The second part ‘Get active for your future’ deals with shaping the students’ future working careers. This part starts with the presentations of the different educational systems in the participating countries. Brochures and power point presentations give answers to the questions: ‘How does school prepare the students for their professional future?’ and ‘What are the possibilities for vocational training that are offered in the different nations?’ In close collaboration with a professional coaching institution, general rules for a job application are worked out. Individual profiles of the
  2. 2. students with their goals, strengths and weaknesses are developed in different workshops and job interviews are prepared and performed. Four video clips show the situation in a job interview and demonstrate possible DOs and some absolute DON’Ts. In order to offer the students a variety of impulses for translating their personal skills into their professional future, selected companies were visited during the Learning/ Teaching and Training Activities in each nation. In this way, the students are offered an insight into the various possibilities of the European job market. The researches on these companies are summed up and presented in form of different podcasts, complemented by picture galleries. Finally, the annex part “Getting to know Yourope” emphasizes the opportunities offered by such an Erasmus + project: thanks to the European grant, 80 students and their teachers actually got to visit their European partners. This part focuses on the communication tools that were used throughout the project by teachers and students to get to know each other but also to get organized. An overview of the sightseeing activities during the Learning/Teaching and Training Activities in the different countries is also presented in form of brochures, picture galleries and videos to illustrate what they discovered when they met face to face.

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