Šiauliai “Juventa” Progymnasium (Lietuva)
Rīgas Zolitūdes ģimnāzija (Latvija)
Kasavuori School (Somija)

   

The project "Future Starts Today"

The project ‘Future Starts Today’ was a mobility project targeted on providing students aged 13-16 the information about the importance of profession choice and career in life. The aim of cooperation was to give students from three European counties an opportunity to work together and understand what they can do to make the right career choice. 

During the project activities 21 students and 3 teachers from each country traveled to another country, three international meetings in Riga, Siauliai and Kauniainen were organised. The students were offered to take part in workshops on career education, visit universities and communicate with students and professors, meet the representatives of a variety of professions, including doctors, recycling company workers, politicians.

The background goal of the project was to motivate students to choose the jobs which will be important in the future rather than the ones popular today. During project activities the teachers shared experiences about the career education in each participating country, produced the workshops together.

During each visit the students worked in multicultural groups on one of the topics of the project:

  1. Jobs related to History and Politics – meeting in Latvia,
  2. Jobs related to Medical Care – meeting in Lithuania,
  3. Jobs related to Technology and Education - meeting in Finland.

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First international meeting

In October 26th-31st 2013 the first international meeting was organized by teachers Liene Juhnevska, Olga Krukovska, Julia Kovalova and Jelena Beketova. It took place at Riga Zolitude Grammar School, Riga (Latvia). During the meeting the project participants worked on the themes ‘Education and Career’, ‘Changing Jobs – Easy or Difficult?’, ‘Dream and Reality in Professional Life’. The programme was focused on jobs related to History and Politics. After getting acquainted with host families we met at school and had an exciting excursion around school, observing lessons and meeting Latvian students.

A workshop on the theme ‘Education and Career’involved everybody in analysis of different universities
programme contents in order to decide which programme is more efficient for specific purposes.
Students were provided with the information about real programmes available in different countries of the world. They made personal profiles and posters about the survey results, shared opinions and worked on different famous people real life stories in making the right decision about the future. The students also watched a video about the history of Latvia, worked with interactive materials about political parties and analyse the political and economic situation of the state. Latvian students (Maria, Jekaterina, Valerija, Artur, Alexander) prepared a guide excursion around Riga.

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Project participants visited Baltic International Academy, met the professors and a programme director. The programme director told the students how different educational programmes are made and what criteria they use to make the programmes efficient. The students had a chance to attend Riga City Hall, sit on the chairs of the politicians and feel like deputies asking the questions. Each country organized the materials from the mobility and published their reflections and workshop materials sharing the experiences they gained with school mates on the website of the project.
In one week’s time everybody got closer to each other, became friends hopefully for the rest of their lives!

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Meeting in Lithuania

In February 24th-28th 2014 an international meeting in Juventos progimnazija (Siauliai, Lithuania) was organised. The activities during the meeting were focused on learning about jobs related to Medical Care. The themes the students discussed and created presentations on were ‘Personal Mission in Life or Money?’, ‘What Makes You a Professional?’.

Attending lessons at Juventos progimnazija, meeting students and teachers. Taking part in English lessons which will be focussed on Future Career education. Meeting the school graduates who have become successful doctors and work in the system of healthcare. The young professionals told project participants about their life and career, the advantages and disadvantages of working in medical care system in Lithuania.

Five project days, full of interesting events, having direct reference to the name of the project, passed extremely quickly, but left a lot of brightest impressions. Well-known professions of a librarian, a hairdresser or a nurse were presented not theoretically, but practically, giving a chance to all of the students to try themselves in one or another profession on practice.

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Meeting in Finland

In April 24th-28th 2014 the international meeting in Kasavuori School, Kauniainen (Finland) was organised. During this meeting the themes to be addressed were the jobs related to Social Care and Education. The guided excursion in Kauniainen and a visit to famous company Fazer was conducted by teachers and students.

The project participants met the professor who works at Adult Education Centre who told about his duties and the main guidlines of Finnish Educational system which is considered to be one of the best in the world. The lecturer from the University gave us a lecture to show students the importance of career in life and told them what difficulties adults face when they need to acquire new skills and get new qualifications.

Working in groups students created not-exsisting professons which could be actual in the future. Students admired the opportunity to use free WiFi while working on the project activities and doing the tasks with the help of the mobile programme Barcode scanner.

The farewell party was wonderful, every participant was actively involved in creating their own pizza of Friendship. The last step was filling in the online questionnaire about the project, interactive games for students and teachers.

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Competition

In April 2014 Latvian students participated in the local compatition organized by the teachers. They had to choose one of the provided topics and work on it to present the results. The topics were „What does it Mean to be a Profesional” and „Personal Mission if Life”. The main idea was to make students think of such an important themes as education importance and professional development.  Presenting their works all the students showed their deep analysis on the chosen topic, analytical thinking while stating their point of view and good language knowledge.

Katerina Bogdanova

Lada Zayakina

Marija Gelazauskait

Valeriya Yuhtanova

Project Participants feedback

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 Arina Bondareva, Latvia
-This project gave me a lot of, we learned a lot, saw different countries and got introduced with their culture, met new friends, tried out various activities, and the most important, now we understand that what the most important in life is - to know the languages. This practice proved that it is very important to start thinking about the future and about choice of the profession. I would like to participate in such projecs in the future, I am very glad that we had the opportunity to participate in this wonderful event ... Thanks to the organizators of Nordplus project!!!!!

Patricija  Mendelytė, Lithuania
 - I think the project was very good. I liked the places we went to, I found out new things and the other students were really nice. Thank you for everything!

Ieva Kulikauskaitė, Lithuania
 - I really like this project. I will never forget the days spent with project's people. I saw the other countries people and places, learned many things, improved my English skills and I had a really good time!

Valdonė Šniukaitė, Finland
  - The project was really interesting and had a lot of educational activities. I really liked activities with technologies in Finland. Everyone was very friendly and all of us made a lot of new friends.

Lijana Giedraitienė , Lithuania
 - Thanks to coordinators, to partners for the good organisation, interesting, useful Project activities, friendship and new skills which  got from the Project. We became more intelligent after this year.