Our Project!

What is 'Highway to Europe' project about?
The project is meant to address the challenges experienced by our generation regarding the access to higher education and the labour market in a globalizing world. Students will be taught and learn through multiple ways of learning (research, presentation and practice) not only how to cope with education, life and work in modern society, but also how see chances, grasp opportunities, face challenges. The objectives will include raising awareness for cross-cultural differences and the potential that lies in it, developing transversal skills, creating sense of European citizenship, improving guidance for career, preparing them for EU labour market through innovation and sharing best practice.
Needs to be addressed are a lack of basic and transversal skills, need of flexibility and open-mindedness, insufficient or incomplete preparation for labour market, high youth unemployment and highly competitive job markets.
The students will profit by this project, because they will inform and motivate themselves and each other (in national and international teams), they will benefit from specialists in each country (so that they gain expertise regarding access to higher education and labour market which is unavailable in their own country).
Through the combination of
- national knowledge (about possibilities to study and work abroad),
- practice in teaching and learning techniques (Peer Tuition),
- the development of OER (researching, analysing, presenting, discussing and preparing for sustainable use), and
- the use of ICT,
students will gain a broad overview as well as specific knowledge, which will meet school children's needs, motivate and prepare them for a successful future (with the focus on learning/teaching and living/working abroad.

In what way is the project innovative and complementary to other projects already carried out?

Each school has carried out a wide range of projects complementing and adding to their school's profiles, covering field from languages, science, arts and ICT. One shared project of the Finnish, Swedish, English, and German partner was the Comenius project 'Learning School' in which the aspects of successful learning as a precondition for lifelong learning has been dealt with. Furthermore participating schools have different approaches regarding pre-scientific learning and vocational trainings in their schools. - On this
basis we intend to expand our effort towards the applicability of learning and education for students' careers.
A close connection with specialists from institutions of higher education and the labour market, workshops and lectures as well as practice in transversal skills will provide the innovative character of the project. Exceeding the outcomes of our schools' existing
curricula, students will get in touch with (young) business professionals, experiencing job training as young teachers, learn about application skills, produce sources for self-reliant, individualised learning with OER and are guided in terms of international career planning