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Erasmus+ project "Be Creative - Secure Your Future"

28/08/2020
por Daniela VASIC
Idioma: EN

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.

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  • Imagen de Zdravko Zivkovic
    Learning methods that were acceptable to students in the last century are nowadays largely outdated, inadequate, cannot hold students' attention because they are based on memorizing and reproducing facts. It is increasingly difficult for people to explain why education, based on facts already widely available on the Internet, is necessary. Modern research into how the human brain works indicates that learning through play, through projects, research, learning through experience, etc. is far more in tune with the way the human brain works. Therefore, it is necessary to explore new approaches to learning, develop adequate innovative learning materials that will develop students' comprehensive skills and competences. Today, the development of artificial intelligence and technology has completely changed the labor market and its needs. This made it necessary for the outcomes of the education system to change as well. Critical and algorithmic thinking, creative problem solving, teamwork and other key student skills need to be developed as soon as possible. 

    Comprehensive innovative entrepreneurial competences consist of a set of competencies such as, for example, spotting opportunities, visions, idea generation and evaluation, ethical and sustainable thinking, self-awareness and self-efficacy, motivating resources and other individuals, taking initiative, planning and managing, coping with uncertainty, ambiguity and risk, working with others, learning through experience etc. Only small fragments of these are available to students in Serbia (and many other countries). There is only one thing that we can do, and that is to raise the awareness of this problem and show the positive examples of project participants and results. The hope is that the number of people interested in applying this in their own schools will increase and the pressure of the media will eventually influence the decision makers to start (even slight) the change in the education system.