RYCO Superschools Western Balkans School Exchange Scheme aims to support the peacebuilding and reconciliation process and intercultural learning and dialogue among schools, students and their communities. It aims at providing the ground for creating strong and sustainable bonds between secondary schools within the region and building long-term partnerships. By participating in this initiative, secondary schools will have the chance to apply and, if selected, implement school to school exchanges as well as to participate in the scheme’s activities dedicated to their capacity building, networking and cooperation.
Partners involved, donor, time-framework and locations:
Superschools is a RYCO programme for school exchanges in WB6 with the objectives to support the peacebuilding and reconciliation process and intercultural learning and dialogue among schools, students and their communities. The programme is part of a multi donor project “Western Balkans School Exchange Scheme” co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) together with the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO). The project has a total budget of €5.5 million and contributes to the overall objective of increasing skills and knowledge of young people in the Western Balkans by enhancing education systems and promoting cooperation in the region, through establishing a regional school exchange scheme. This will be achieved through the following three intervention areas:
- Improving the institutional/operational capacity of RYCO to manage regional cooperation projects.
- Improving the capacity of schools and other formal education structures to actively participate and develop quality projects.
- Improving RYCO’s regional School Partnership Scheme.
Within the third output, a grant will be allocated to RYCO for the implementation of a School Partnership Scheme (SPS) which will include three open calls within the duration of the Action. Within these calls, secondary schools in the WB6 will be invited to apply in cooperation with one or more partner schools from the region. Building on previous experiences, the SPS will provide grants which will be used by schools in order to finance the organisation of student exchange. Special focus will be placed on developing long-term partnerships that go beyond project-based exchanges towards long term reciprocal student exchanges.
Expected outcomes for the 1st year:
- Long-term programme
- During the school year 2021/2022 up to 30 bilateral exchanges will be supported
- Opportunity to make long term school - partnerships
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