The “kick-off meeting” for the project had to be postponed several times due to the measures surrounding Corvid-19.
The time line in a nut shell:

  • March 24th 2021: Kick off in Aachen and by Skype

  • June 16th 2021: Exchange in Aachen at Käthe Kollwitz Schule BK. Amongst other activities Ron van Achteren, ROC van Amsterdam, is going to provide a workshop on a councelling module for all vocational classes starting a vocational study.

November 9-11th 2021: training ‘Handling emotional intelligence’ by STEP in Ljublana, Slovenia.

  • On March 24, 2021 it was possible for EB to officially hold the physically “kick-off meeting” in the “Handwerkskammer” of Aachen (Chamber of Commerce) with a limited number of participants. The other project partners participated via “Skype”.
    The focus of the meeting was on the core theme of the project: reducing early school leaving through the implementation of emotional intelligence in the guidance and curricula of the participating VET institutions.
    The division of roles within the partnership was definitively determined during the meeting:
    EB Foundation is responsible for the overall project management.
    Berufskolleg Herzogenrath is responsible for the quality assurance, an important part of the exchange. Different measurements are always taken, a “0 measurement” for the initial situation, an “interim” for the intermediate result and a final measurement. In addition, questions are asked after each meeting that can be used to optimize and prepare the following meetings.
    Berufskolleg Jülich is responsible for summarizing the substantive documents provided by all partners in a final report for all partners.
    HAST from Hasselt (Belgium) and VISTA with courses in Maastricht, Sittard and Heerlen (Netherlands) are responsible for the substantive quality of the teacher training at partner STEP in Slovenia. In addition, after the training at STEP, they supervise the progress of the “Train the trainer” courses at the partner institutes.
    A platform for internal communication has been set up in “Google Drive”. All documents of importance to the project partners can be downloaded here and can be viewed by authorized persons. For example, the “to-do list”, on which all measures and tasks are listed for the smooth running of the entire project.
    The next meeting is scheduled for June 16, 2021 and will take place at Berufskolleg Herzogenrath, Germany.
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