Among fierce competition, the International School has been selected to participate in the important European project “Girls Go Circular”, whose objective is to increase the number of women in the digital industry and entrepreneurship in general. The project is a part of the larger “Skills for the Future” initiative, under the auspices of EU’s “Horizon 2020” program.
It is a popular, ambitious project initiated at the prestigious European Institute of Innovation and Technology – EIT in cooperation with the international organization “Junior Achievement Europe”, a leader in entrepreneurial education.
International School students will have the honour to take part in a significant European project and exchange knowledge with their peers from several schools in Greece and Italy.
Ambitious endeavour for ambitious students
By participating in the project, the International School will join a wide network of European partnerships for the advancement of young people’s digital skills and provide their students with valuable opportunities for gaining experience and knowledge through cooperation with international educational institutions and their peers from all over Europe.
Europe’s leading organizations dedicated to education have recognized the LINKeduAlliance school as an important factor whose involvement is crucial for the implementation of such an ambitious project. This is why the International School has received a special invitation to participate. This means that our students have been chosen to take part with their peers in the realisation of the plans and objectives of the “Girls Go Circular” project.
“Skills for the Future” – for young innovators who care about the planet
The “Skills for the Future” project is aimed at the development of secondary school students’ entrepreneurial skills and finding innovative solutions regarding climate change, food systems and the sustainable supply of minerals and metals. Mentored by Europe’s prominent economic leaders, over 1,000 students all over the EU are hard at work on the challenge of building a sustainable European society.
The project’s 4 strategic activities are:
- International brainstorming camps in Italy, Hungary and Slovenia;
- Communication skills training and development for adequate presentation of innovations;
- Developing entrepreneurial skills through work with mentors during which the students acquire entrepreneurial instincts, adopt financial literacy and learn how to found mini-companies which will compete at the national and European levels at the end of the school year;
- Summit where the best student teams present their ideas and acquire teamwork skills, while their teachers attend training designed to help them introduce challenge-based learning into the teaching process.
“Girls Go Circular” – for more women in digital and entrepreneurial realm
“Girls Go Circular” is a part of the “Skills for the Future” project focused on increasing the number of women in Europe’s digital and entrepreneurial sectors, i.e. decreasing gender inequality in these important areas of modern life.
The bulk of “Girls Go Circular” project’s activities is aimed at countries like Serbia, where the number of women innovators among the population is small. According to 2019 research, in the European Union, there are 11% fewer women than men with developed digital skills, whereas women make up a mere 34% of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduates and 17% of ICT experts.
This is why “Girls Go Circular” has set out to bring together 12,000 secondary school girls from countries with fewer innovators and give them an opportunity to attend workshops that connect digital skills and sustainable development.
Through familiar topics such as food, recycling in the fashion industry, internet security and the use and disposal of technological devices, International School students will use digital media to adopt important knowledge, become acquainted with various approaches, develop leadership skills and gain self-confidence that will help them make a creative contribution in the field of sustainable development.
International School – important European partner in education, innovative approaches and sustainable development
Not only will International School students have a chance to adopt valuable knowledge and gain precious experience through the innovative platform for the development of digital and entrepreneurial skills within the “Girls Go Circular” project, but also, participation in this ambitious project will bring the schools in the LINKgroup system important partnerships in Europe.
Notable results of the participation in these European projects include the exchange of experience and a shared initiative for the development of skills necessary for high quality of life and work in the 21st century among our students.
The International School remains dedicated to providing top-quality Cambridge education and offering relevant international learning opportunities for its students. These efforts have been recognised by Europe’s leading organizations in education, which ensures that our students have a unique opportunity to gain and exchange knowledge through important European projects.