Csongrádi Batsányi János Gimnázium, Szakgimnázium és Kollégium

The educational work was started on 13th November in 1920 in our institution. Its representative building and the offered high level educational work has always provided a decisive role of it, not only in Csongrád but in the nearby villages and towns as well.

There are more than 430 students currently in the János Batsányi Secondary Grammar School in Csongrád (Csongrádi BatsányiJános Gimnázium) who had the opportunity to choose from four- or eight-grades high school classes with science, humanities or tourism specializations.

A really successful study group of robotics has been working for ten years in our institution, where students can deal with different areas of information technologies, such as regulation and control processes, algorithms and programming. The team of our school, named The LegoRockers has been taking part in robotics competitions since 2006. The team members, who are always selected from the most talented students of this field, represent our school in domestic and international competitions. (source: www.bjg.hu/robot).

They have taken part in a lot of smaller or larger science and technology-themed projects partly to improve the quality of our equipments of this field and partly, to support researches on some remarkable topics.

The science teachers in our school constantly pay special attention to support talent in technical information science ,keeping in mind that talent development cannot exist only within the limits of science lessons. That’s why our teachers have offered numerous alternative possibilities including participation in scientific projects for twelve years.

 Our teachers are expected to respond well and quickly to the new educational challenges of our changing world. Besides supporting own ideas, the aim of our institution is to encourage studying the European modells as well.

Our innovation efforts have been realised in the field of science education and IT education over the recent years. We have initiated a lot of domestic co-operations with various partners (12 neighbouring primary schools, talents’ workshops at the University of Szeged). A variety of competitions of construction projects must be mentioned, such as the results of national and international robotics competitions thanks to the LegoRockers group. These international competitions and successes gave the motivation to search for the opportunities of a longer-term cooperation with other European schools.

A good knowledge of foreign languages is essential for performing in international competitions or meetings. I believe this project would be a great chance to improve their foreign language competence significantly.

Students have to be aware of the safe use of the Internet, even those students who use it really consciously. Our crime prevention advisor gives lectures and informs our students regularly about the possible dangers of using the Internet. Her permanent presence in our school is an outstanding example in Hungary.

Most members of the middle- sized staff are ready for development. Teachers are looking for new ways and methods with the help of which they will be able to be in step with the educational challenges of our changing world. Many of our colleagues are open to acquire the relevant new methods, they have already taken part in international projects for several times and they also consider exchanging experiences with colleagues in other countries to be very important and benefitial.

The management of the institution seek to control the appropriate educational work , fulfilling the relevant requirements in accordance with the laws. Competitiveness and the progressive educational planning have special roles in our school’s life, as well. This project could influence all of these attempts in a very positive way.

Expected results: expanding international partnership to ensure better educational development in the school by the full use of the international opportunities and also it may makes co-operation stronger within the teaching staff.
Impact on our students:

We expect this Erasmus + project to:
- expand their language skills and their tolerance and openness.
- promote mutual understanding in planned future encounters with students from other countries and other cultures, and that the view of national characteristics is broadened.
- transmit the students more than holiday experiences do and enables them for teamwork in an international company.
- prepare our students very well for the demands of the European labor market.

Project goals:
In order to internationalise and strengthen the European dimension of the school, the project management competences (for european projects) and the intercultural skills of colleagues ought to be enhanced.
An international opening of our school and the motivation to European student projects ought to be included as an integral part in the school program.
To achieve the mentioned goals, better project management competences and improved intercultural knowledge must be obtained by a large number of teachers.

Improvement of intercultural skills and project management skills of teachers.The participating teachers should:
- have sufficient language skills.
- be willing to spread the European idea to colleagues and students.
- be willing to integrate the European idea in teaching.
- be willing to work on the chosen topics with their students and their collegues from other countries
Description of the expected results, effects and potential long-term benefits:
Our students will be more motivated to study languages because they will have first hand experience on the importance and benefits of using a foreign language properly. The gained experiences will boost the motivation for intercultural learning and intercultural cooperation and the work at the school with European projects will be more effective. The project will enable teachers to inspire our teaching staff even more for European projects, and to use the project work as a means to expand the students‘ intercultural, language and social skills. By expanding these skills our students will be better prepared in the future for the demands of the European and international labour market.