Vocational school "Branko Radicevic" from Ruma, Serbia, has joined the Consortium for the realization of the project "Be Creative - Secure Your Future" funded by the European Union through the Erasmus+ programme in the field of Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. Partners on this project are the "Economic and Administrative School of Osijek" from Croatia and the Art School "Enrico and Umbero Nordio" from Trieste, Italy, while the coordinator of the project is the Creative Center for Creative Development "Ideall" from Novi Sad, Serbia.
The priorities of the Project that should be achieved through implementation of activities are:
(a) development, implementation and promotion of non-formal educational methods;
(b) improvement of entrepreneurial spirit and competences;
(c) development of readiness and motivation of students for individual and group creative thinking;
(d) enhanced process of generating ideas among students in accordance with business and market conditions;
(e) students' ability for the previous assessment of the ideas;
(f) student orientation towards innovative entrepreneurship;
(g) transnational connecting of students and their joint presentation to the business community at an international event.
From the perspective of an individual student, the expected results are as follows:
(a) strengthening self-confidence - trust in their own capabilities and values;
(b) getting rid of self-censorship;
(c) getting rid of the "Voice of Judgment" syndrome;
(d) the ability of lateral thinking;
(e) the ability to think beyond standard patterns - out of the box thinking;
(f) the ability to create and evaluate original and useful ideas;
(g) development of a social communication skills.
The project stemmed from the need to respond to the challenges of the 4th industrial revolution that, according to Oxford University's reference studies, will abolish half of current occupations in the next 10-15 years, and give employment advantage to creative people with high social intelligence, which current education system, based largely on memorizing facts, will not be able to provide. There is a lack of vacant jobs on the market that will not be solved in the near future, which is why there is a high percentage of unemployment, especially of young people, in Serbia, Croatia and Italy. The activities of this project are exactly suited to these needs.