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USING ECVET FOR AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM

Four vocational schools from Lithuania (Joniskis Agricultural School), Norway (Mo and Oyrane vidergaende skule), Germany (BSZ Wurzen), Finland (Central Ostrobothnia Vocational College, Vocational Campus Kannus) implement international project “Using ECVET for Agricultural Program” ( No. 2014-1-LT01-KA202-000507) under ERASMUS+KA2 strategic partnership action., 2014 – 2016.

In Europe, many people undertake learning activities outside their own country. The appeal of this kind of mobility is nonetheless limited by various factors, in particular the absence of provisions for the transfer, validation and recognition of learning outcomes acquired abroad. The same applies to the transition from one system of vocational education and training to another, or from an informal learning situation to a formal training context. What is therefore needed is a system whereby people can follow through the process of qualification while moving from one learning context to another. ECVET thus aspires to be an information exchange tool to help individuals take full advantage of learning acquired, in particular as a result of transnational mobility. It aims to promote transnational mobility and access to lifelong learning. It is not intended to replace national qualification systems, but to achieve better comparability and compatibility among them. ECVET applies to all outcomes obtained by an individual from various education and training pathways that are then transferred, recognized and accumulated in view of achieving a qualification. This initiative makes it easier for European citizens to gain recognition of their training, skills and knowledge in another Member State.
 
The partnership of this project seeks to create and adopt ECVET system among partner schools for the one education program - Farming (Agricultural Education), which will help students to move easily for practice period among these countries and gain different experience and knowledge.
 
The partners of this project are vocational education schools from Lithuania, Norway, Finland and Germany having in their education program based on Agriculture (Farming) for many years. In all partner countries ECVET system is a new thing. We will prepare the same evaluation system of FARMING TEACHING PROGRAM, which is not used yet. ECVET is considered as a logical and coherent further step within VET reform since 2007, but in all European countries it is more just in the plans, but not yet used practically. ECVET for Farming teaching and training program is expected to improve the possibilities for recognition of learning outcomes and thus to enable people to build on what they have learned abroad, in a different education and training institution or in different situations. In other words, thanks to ECVET, it should become easier to fully integrate mobility into learners’ learning pathways and to make visible and recognized what they have learned abroad.
 
The success of ECVET will depend on the development of mutual trust among competent institutions. using ECVET will help to implement high quality mobility exchanges. Lithuania, Norway and Finlad's schools take part in mobilities and send students to each other for several years to get experience in Farming in each other schools as some things are better in one school, some in other school.l. Germany school is going to join us with mobilities too and it has the biggest experience with ECVET system. All partner schools will create ECVET evaluation system for farming program that students could easily move among these countries and their experience abroad will be approved and counted into their education process with the help of prepared ECVET among these partners. The prepared ECVET for Farming program can be adopted and used by all European schools.
 
The first international partner meeting was held at Joniskis Agricultural School, Lithuania 24-27 November, 2014.
 
Prepared by Vaida Aleknaviciene
The coordinator of the project
Joniskis Agricultural School
Lithuania