With the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." Patanjali
Growing grass to me is symbolic both for growth/fertility and the proverbial grassroots level Natja Igney / Nice (France)
It's is impossible to rasp this concept at once, it is very extensive. Rosé Lemeer Bonnefanten College Maastricht (Netherlands) Manager Secondary Education
"Despite the enthusiasm from Swedish society and schools for education for sustainable development, it is not enough to have solitary workshops every now and then. This is why I am drawn to your work, because I recognise the need for coordinated efforts to mainstream education for sustainable development, and to integrate into our social consciousness. I also recognise that we should not just bring knowledge on a plate to people, but also foster co-creation in knowledge and participation in knowledge production, as this will optimise sustainable outcomes". Robert Wade Master’s student of Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, in Lund University
"I had a look at the website and it really made me smile, as many of the thoughts and struggles I had during high school have been picked up. Just yesterday I was talking to a friend that sometimes I would have loved to be exposed even more to new ideas in order to choose what I want to learn and discover." Mihaele Corj
In my humble opinion, OPEDUCA has got several aspects to be highlighted:
Practical skills, to be applied in the students’ community itself. Working on basic and necessary skills: Speaking in public, teamwork, develop and boost their full potential… Encouraging students’ critical thinking. We see how it is increasingly less developed. Importance of languages!!! Essential point today. Caring about teachers’ training, motivation and recognition. At the moment there is a debate in Spain about giving students homework or not. Parents’ associations have adopted a "homework strike", starting with a homework-free week. It seems to them that everybody can be a teacher. Perhaps they should stand right before 25 or 30 students, and let us know. It is a profession which has been worsening more and more over the last years, at least in Spain. I believe society is partly responsible, as teachers are very poorly valued. A great mistake, as the future of society lie son our hands. Nothing less. Not using textbooks as a general rule. I think they are a great tool as regards looking up information, but not as the only way to learn. There are so many ways to do so. In "Flight For Knowledge" ,cooperative work is mentioned. This is really important for the effective learning among same or different ages. Very positive aspect highlighted : Local, regional and global scope.
Rosi M. García Maestra de Educación Primaria y Pedagoga Terapéutica en Colegio Concertado
Invitation for Cooperation
A cooperation of schools (from primary to higher education), industry, societal organizations, regional governmental authorities and science, reaches out to regions around the globe to join The OPEDUCA Project. Its objective is the creation of a local-to-global learning space that enables todays’ young to be(come) the entrepreneurs of a sustainable society. A clear objective serving a long term aim whereto we open up schools for regional society, connect students’ learning processes with Industry and Science, create continuous exchanges across borders and cultures, re-empower teachers and make learning possible Anytime, Anyplace, with and for Anybody, through Any device.
Starting out from the transformative potential of education, we seek the creation of ‘OPen EDUCational Areas/regions’, OPEDUCA, around the globe. In an OPEDUCA-region young learners develop inquiry- and problem-based learning on future relevant themes, connecting with partners in their region as well as throughout the international community. Learning as an ongoing process which also develops entrepreneurial skills and competences, based on creativity and a deeper understanding of the regional and cultural context. Learning through a redefined cooperation between teachers and students, building on strengths and challenges across and between regions and cultures, providing fertile conditions for the development of a generation that is equipped to make a more sustainable world become reality.
The OPEDUCA Project is about future based learning and takes schooling decades ahead. Under constant development, but already successfully implemented by teachers and students in todays practice, it facilitates the integration of subjects through thematic learning for the development of skills and competencies that are essential to achieve a sustainable future. Existing requirements, regulations and curricula are met, with OPEDUCA going beyond this by bridging future needs with present possibilities.
In an OPEDUCA-region youngsters learn first in their local context with awareness of the specific culture, strengths and challenges their region offers. From their local context in close cooperation with science, civil society and the private sector, they get introduced to the global dimension of The OPEDUCA Project by entering an international learning space. Youth are supported to develop their knowledge, competencies and talents in an innovative, stimulating and applicable way, going beyond 21st Century Skills.
The local-to-global OPEDUCA Project answers to various regional and international policies and programs, such as the UNESCO “Global Action Plan 2015-2020”, “Education for All” and the main policies of the European Union and the World Bank. It targets talent development, entrepreneurship and a more natural connection between the worlds of education and work.
This Base Paper is to inform you about the vision and the headlines of OPEDUCA, inviting you to share your thoughts and to also consider how your region can bring together schools, industry, governmental institutions, science and societal organizations to create your own OPEDUCA. From thereon to be(come) an active partner in an international alliance that furthers the creation of a local-to-global learning space for the interest and benefit of the next generation.
The invitation stands. Jos Eussen Director RCE Rhine-Meuse
Meeting excisting requirements, regulations and curricula, then going beyond.
Empower the Young to be(-come) the Entrepreneurs of a Sustainable Common Future.
Learning in OPEDUCA is Anytime, Any Place, with Anybody, through Any deive.
Actively immersed in real-life inquiry & project based learning, aiming to make our world a better place, that's what OPEDUCA is about. Lene Jensby Langefounder / @ Autens. Co-leading Global Schools'? Alliance (Denmark)
Join us - Co-creating OPEDUCA
Check out the "OPEDUCA Base Paper" and join the process of co-creating the concept and it's implementation all over the globe.
Here biology+phisics+geography+ chemistry could be based on strategic development, open learning. The lack of open education and too much theory is the way that our system works now. Must be a big change as is too old, not attractive, nor realistic. Building OPEDUCA in schools will give a new and atractive way of learning.
This program will connect the dots among education, business and regulators globally and bridge the existing gap. The OPEDUCA seems like a movement the world need right now.
Ljupka Naumovska, PhD. Professor at University of tourism and management Macedonia