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Working together internationally as preparation for an international future

Written by Brainport Eindhoven

Written by Brainport Eindhoven

Developing a plastic-free body scrub with a team of 44 Spanish and Dutch young people. Not an everyday task, but a lot of fun and educational! Jesse Jacobs (14) and his teacher Christien de Kramer of the Jan van Brabant College in Helmond are enthusiastic about their participation in World Citizenship Academy. This cooperation project for schools from different countries contributes to the internationalization of education in the Brainport region.

For two months, students from 2-vwo of the Jan van Brabant College in Helmond and students from Egibide in Araba, Spain engaged in a collaborative project on plastic-free body scrub. The goal? International cooperation.

 

Product was secondary

In small groups of four, two students from each country, a plastic-free body scrub was developed. But the product was perhaps more of a side issue,' says teacher Christien de Kramer with a wink. 'It was mainly about the process and the communication.'

Getting to know another culture

Her student Jesse Jacobs (14) is also enthusiastic. He looks back: "Every week we had a joint meeting and in between we kept in touch, for example via Instagram. This was not always easy, he recalls. It turned out, for example, that the Spanish students had more difficulty with the English language. That actually gave me self-confidence, because I dared to speak more English. By remaining kind and patient, we finally achieved the desired result. Christien laughs: 'That is exactly what we wanted to achieve with this project. Working together with students who speak a different language and have a different cultural background. That requires good cooperation and a professional attitude.'

Free interpretation

The project was concluded with a presentation, an absolute highlight according to the two. Jesse: "It was really cool to show our final product to everyone. I never thought you could work so well with people from abroad. It sometimes requires some adaptability, but in the end we succeeded.

Christien also looks back with satisfaction: 'In the end it was not about the end product, but about the international exchange and the knowledge and skills the students gained. In that respect the project was a great success.

Region Deal Brainport Eindhoven

Brainport Eindhoven is becoming increasingly international. That is why the region is investing in preparing students in the region for an international future. This is being done on various levels. For example, attention is being paid to the internationalization of child care and primary, secondary and vocational education. The World Citizenship Academy project - working on world citizenship - is an example of this.

The internationalisation of regional education is partly made possible by funding from Regio Deal Brainport Eindhoven.

Read more about Regio Deal?