The project is aimed at establishing a
low cost distance-learning system as a means to provide equal
opportunities to the unemployed and uninstructed young people and women
who live in the rural area and are disadvantaged both with respect to
training and on the labour market. According to the official statistical
data, there are 380,000 unemployed young women in the Romanian rural area.
They belong to the main target group, as well as the unqualified young
labour force on the whole. The secondary target group consists of
high-school students and generally women living in the rural area.
The main objectives of the project are to provide vocational consulting,
vocational training and guidance on the labour market of the young people and
women living in the rural area. At the same time, it is aimed at developing
trans-national contacts and collaboration with all the partners involved in the
project (training centres, universities, school inspectorates, schools).
Objectives of the project: Improvement of skills and competencies
particularly of the young people involved in initial vocational training; the
unemployed rural young people and women shall be trained as teachers of Biology
and Agricultural Sciences for rural and vocational schools. The qualitative
improvement of permanent vocational training shall be achieved by the qualitative
improvement of the didactic process in rural and vocational schools, and by the
higher qualification of the teaching staff.
The specific results which are expected are the following:
Drawing up of the Curriculum with a view to the training of teachers of Biology and Agricultural Sciences.
Adaptation of the Curriculum to the distance-learning system.
Organisation of the training process: schedule; modules and subjects; selection and training of the teaching staff; preparation of the didactic materials; setting up (by additional funding from other sources) of specific laboratories for subjects that require practical training and cannot be taught by distance learning only (Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Sciences, etc.).
Identification of a representative agricultural unit for practical training, where the students can acquire practical experience and specific skills.
Creation of a school network for pedagogic training.
Creation of a Website for students and those interested who have access to the Internet; those who have no Internet facilities will have access to information at the regional/tutorial centres.
Editing and multiplication of printed materials, CD-ROM, audio and video tapes.
Check-up of module efficiency by inquiries and surveys.
W orkshops with the participation of national and international partners.
The project is destined to young people from the rural areas which have particular
social and economic features. Therefore, it facilitates the access to vocational
training of those groups disadvantaged on the labour market. At the same time, the
proposed distance-learning form of training is the most adequate for the young
people with low income.
The partners of the project are the following:
Agricultural University of Plovdiv - Bulgaria;
Eastern Europe Centre, University of Hohenheim - Germany;
University Foundation CERA for Agricultural and Rural Development - Romania;
University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Agriculture Faculty - Romania;
Scholar Inspectorate of Giurgiu County - Romania;
General School Daita, Giurgiu County - Romania;
University of Maribor, Faculty of Agriculture - Slovenia;
University of Greenwich, Natural Resources Institute - United Kingdom.