Erasmus+ YSEproject

Strategic Partnership

YSE: Young Social Entreprenuership.

BS Eutin & ZBC Vordingborg September 2020-August 2022

Summary

The YSE project is a VET school partnership between Germany and Denmark, where young business students work together on creating their own common social enterprise. The project makes use of a blended mobility approach, where teaching and collaboration with digital media is combined with physical meeting at the schools.  The YSE project takes four rounds of exchange meetings and work tasks with students and teacher on the subjects and have in the periods in between the exchanges possibility to work together class and class on commonly defined tasks with digital media. Each meeting will result in a project post on eTwinning with the project details and with invitation to European partners to join.  The participating schools share the teaching practices and methods to develop new best practice together on entrepreneurial thinking and acting for young business students.  The YSE project combines intercultural outlook and collaborative skills with business and entrepreneurial competences with a focus on the young students own local community. The project provided the schools as partners with a firm base for future collaboration in teaching and exchange. The schools benefit with attractive and outward looking business education and a stronger positive role as partner in their communities development.

Background

The overall aim of the YSE project is for young people to get to know Europe as an economic and social unit and to identify with it sustainably. This project aims to prepare them for the challenges of Europe. Examples are poor mobility or high youth unemployment. The joint management of a school company and short internships should provide the participants with the necessary skills to take an active role in shaping and maintaining Europe.

 Many mutual visits and close cooperation should arouse curiosity about the neighboring country and ultimately convey economic and social skills. Europe is strengthened as participants will be able to face the future challenges of cross-border trade. Mobility and the removal of language barriers will be a central focus of the project. The project participants should act as multipliers and transfer positive experience and attitudes to their friends, families and other residents of the region.

 The methodological tool for achieving the project results is the establishment of a joint student company. The students agree on a common social action product that should be developed and implemented based on a division of labour.  The encounter of actors is essential here. Foreign language learning or a tolerant and understanding approach to each other are necessary so that Europe can grow closer together and a common job market can emerge. This desired intercultural competence cannot be learned in isolation in the classroom. The innovative character of the project is the simulation of cross-border trade with a social aspect to business development and social entrepreneurship. All goals of the project can be achieved effectively and sustainably. In order to be able to offer the most modern and interesting project possible, the participating teachers want to work with current teaching methods (tandem learning, cooperative learning, interdisciplinary learning).

 Our final product will be a website showing all the material produced by the students during the activities in their schools and during the meetings.

 Our project will strengthen our European citizenship through intercultural cooperation.  Pupils will acquire competencies necessary for possible mobilities abroad. Teachers will practise English, use ICT and develop activity-oriented teaching materials and methods. Our pupils will develop a more self-confident attitude towards their own chances of success in the future. While discussing practical issues with foreign peers, students will increase their sense of belonging to a shared citizenship, which includes significant differences (and thus the need of respect and tolerance), but also includes integrated standards concerning essential values and human rights. Students and teachers will meet, exchange, negotiate, and make compromises to avoid misunderstanding. They will become aware that we are all European citizens and should behave as such.

Objectives

Our first and foremost objective in building this international project is to gather people together around a common theme. These people, whether students, teachers or staff members of the different participating institutions, will benefit from the planned activities and exchanges and ultimately will gain confidence in speaking a foreign language, English first, and then a few words in other languages and learn to behave according to the customs of our hosts. At a time when populist movements are growing in several countries in Europe and jeopardize its unity, we want our students to broaden their minds on the question of a European citizenship. We have decided to work on running a student company with social aspects including environmental issues and a responsible attitude towards a sustainable world. Our final product will be a website which provides useful tips how to behave and act in other countries.  This project on (social) entrepreneurship will obvioulsy trigger the participants’ -and more particularly the students’- interest acting socially and environmentally. Such a project will promote the students’ engagement and cooperation; it will also reinforce the development of key competences, especially in the field of new technologies. Thanks to this project, they will gain autonomy, they will be sensitized to the economical and social mattes, they will learn more about international cooperation and relations; in a word, they will behave as European citizens who can act economical as well as social.

 The different meetings held in each participating school will reinforce this idea of a united Europe. One of our goals is to bring people together in order for them to exchange, communicate and create bonds that, hopefully, will remain for life. A website will be created in order to publish the results of the searches made by our students. As it will be made public, this will be a good, if not the best, way to let as many people as possible know that the youth in Europe want to take part in this fight for a better/safer world. We will also use the e-Twinning platform. We have already used it to get into contact. We will use it again to publish the results. These two media will help the students develop their competences in information technology. They will therefore learn about being responsible users of these tools.

Activities

Meeting 1 in Eutin, December 2020

                           Kickoff: Social enterprises in Eutin. Concepts and ideas.

Meeting 2 in Vordingborg, April 2021

                           Social enterprises in Vordingborg. Business models.

Meeting 3 in Eutin, December 2021

                           Social business partnerships.

Meeting 4 in Vordingborg, April 2022

                           Social business launch