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K-education project offices

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Country Code: P122
Name of Programme: K-education project offices
Organisation responsible for the programme: Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture
Type of organisation: Ministry
Country: Austria
Web Link: http://www.k-education.at/keducation.aspx
Starting Date 1992
Ending date
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable)

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
Since 1992, eleven k•education project offices have been set up in key educational institutions in Central, East and South-East Europe on behalf of and with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture and KulturKontakt Austria. The offices are managed by the Austrian educational coordinators.
Offices are placed in the following countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo (September 2008 onwards), Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.
The role of the educational coordinators is aimed at encouraging intercultural dialogue in a spirit of partnership, for the development of; mutual understanding; learning from each other and with each other; cultural diversity as richness and enrichment.
The goals of educational cooperation include:
• Educational cooperation with Eastern and South Eastern Europe / support of sustainable educational reforms
• Quality assurance and quality management
• The strengthening of cross-sectoral issues such as intercultural learning, civic education and education for sustainable development

 
Priority actions
The k•education offices coordinate and implement projects supported by Austrian and international donors to schools, for example within the framework of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, and they also initiate EU projects.
To this end they cooperate with Austrian educational institutions and educational initiatives, numerous partners in the host countries (ministries, pedagogic institutes, universities, colleges, vocational training institutions, schools, foundations, NGOs) and international organisations.
The project offices work as a close networkon cross-border projects and organise regional and international activities.
Main focuses of the projects:

• Reform of educational administration and educational structures
This includes decentralisation and - in the medium-term - the adaptation of education systems to the requirements of lifelong learning. The educational institutions and all others affected are confronted by new tasks for which suitable and innovative solutions have to be found. To this end, the k-education project offices offer targeted consultancy services to assist in managing change. The goals of the projects are: training and in-service training measures in the fields of educational management; school development and quality assurance; and the promotion of cooperation between schools and their environment. They support exchanges of experiences both with experts from Austria and also at a national level. Further offers include train the trainer concepts for school developers and careers advisors.

• Support for the introduction of new teaching and learning strategies
A further priority of educational reforms in Eastern and South Eastern Europe is the development and implementation of new ways of teaching and learning in classes in addition to the establishment of both suitable training and in-service training offers for teachers and the relevant structures. The goal is to promote the process of lifelong learning and to support the acquisition of key qualifications.
This includes offers such as the introduction of project-based teaching, the employment of ICT in lessons, and new approaches in language teaching or social learning. The Austrian educational coordinators provide support for the introduction of new teaching and learning strategies in the cross-sectoral areas of civic education, intercultural learning and – to an increasing extent – in the field of education for sustainable development. The k-education offices are active in the fields of in-service teacher training, train the trainer courses, the development of training modules for trainers, the development of new teaching/learning materials, curriculum development and support for network formation.

• Vocational education
Practically orientated vocational and further training, which reacts flexibly to the increasing speed of change in the requirements of the labour market, is of high priority within the EU and the countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Priority is also given to training programmes with quality assurance mechanisms and those that offer sufficient permeability to enable the efficient use of resources”
The k-education offices:
• Offer support in the development of practically-orientated training profiles and regional school profiles;
• Promote cooperation between schools and the business world and provide advice for the development of curricula and teaching materials;
• Have experience in in-service teacher training, in ICT in vocational education (e.g. digital business), and in training for headteachers in new forms of management and quality assurance.
The main focus with regard to content is on training in the fields of business, tourism and agriculture. Within a narrower framework, infrastructure measures can also be supported
 
Management and coordination
KulturKontakt Austria is responsible on behalf of the Austrian Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture for the overall programming and coordination of activities of the Austrian educational coordiantors at the k-education project offices
 
Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
Educational work creates not only the basis for a lasting common Europe, but is vital to ensure a successful process of integration. Austria, being located at a sensitive geopolitical interface, has particular responsibilities in this development process but at the same time it also has the chance to further extend its key position in the area of educational cooperation.

Expected outcomes/impacts:
• Support the EU integration process through exchange of experience with colleagues from Austria and other SEE countries in key areas of education reform
• Support to enhanced quality and efficiency of education systems
• Strengthed access to and development of national and regional education networks
• Stengthened institutional cooperations between educational institutions in Austria and in our partner countries
• Enhanced quality and effectiveness of the management of change in the field of education
• Enhanced intercultural dialogue between Austria and our partner countries – support to a wider European dimension in Austria and in our partner countries
Output:
With approximately 300 training and continuing education events per year with around 5,000 teachers, headteachers and trainers, KulturKontakt Austria supports the development of curricula, teaching materials and training and in-service training courses, carries out in-service training courses for teachers to introduce new teaching and learning strategies in cooperation with local partner institutions and organises exchanges of experiences between education experts.
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