The project was divided into three work packages (WP) outlining the results and outputs to be achieved through the envisaged activities:
- WP1 – Project management
- WP2 – Communication activities
- WP3 – Implementation
Special attention was devoted here to WP3 described below.
WP3.1 CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION NETWORK AND JOINT STRATEGIC DOCUMENT ON SHARED TEACHING MODELS
The objective of WP3.1 was to produce a joint strategic document proposing common educational models to be shared by the education systems in the Programme area, with guidelines, common methods and shared contents about cross-border education, teaching of minority, regional and neighbouring languages and learning about the risks associated with land use and climate change. A functional cross-border cooperation network including schools, universities, research centres and institutions working for national and linguistic minorities (Slovenian and Friulian in Italy, Italian in Slovenia) was entrusted with its drafting. Within the network there were 16 working groups, 10 of which were transnational, made of teachers and researchers who were responsible for producing the teaching materials and carrying out pilot actions in order to promote participation and capacity building with a bottom-up approach.
WP3.2 JOINT TRAINING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS IN THE PROGRAMME AREA
The objective of WP3.2 was to provide a common training opportunity for public school teachers in the Programme area, addressing the topics of cross-border teaching and teaching of minority, regional and neighbouring languages, including the issue of risks associated with land use and climate change. The training courses ensured that knowledge was transferred and the teaching models developed by the network in the Joint Strategic Document were readily available for implementation in the education systems of the Programme area.
Five courses were proposed:
- A course on teaching in border areas, focussing on the use of learning material about cross-border classes with the pupils and literature produced by minority communities in the cross-border area;
- A course on the teaching of the Slovene language for teachers working in Italian schools where the curriculum is taught in Slovene;
- A course on the teaching of the Italian language for teachers working in Slovene schools where the curriculum is taught in Italian;
- A course on teaching techniques to promote the use of the Friulian language across the curriculum;
- A course about learning by meeting and teaching the language of the neighbouring country.
WP3.3 ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS AND GRADUATES WISHING TO HAVE THEIR ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS RECOGNIZED IN THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRY, SPECIFICALLY IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION
Activities in WP3.3 encouraged the creation of a common cross-border area for training and work, in particular for teachers. In the Programme area it is common practice for young people, especially those belonging to linguistic minorities, to go and work or study in the neighbouring country. The planned activities aimed at disseminating information on the procedures for the recognition of study and professional qualifications in order to facilitate the integration of young people living in the Programme area into the university system and the labour market of one country or the other.
WP3.3 comprises four activities:
- A manual for students who decide to start or have completed a study course in the neighbouring Member State
- A common training programme for the technical staff working in student offices, providing guidance or mentoring and other university staff in the cross-border area, as well as other players and stakeholders
- Some basic guidance for cross-border university students with a range of support and guidance activities before, during and after their studies
- A joint strategic document with a description of the procedures for the recognition of school and professional qualifications, in particular for the teaching and similar professions. The document was signed by the universities and faculties that are partner to the project.