We expect our teachers to train their VET students to become resilient global citizens who can manifest themselves in an increasingly international working environment. The reality is that less than 10% of the students have an international mobility experience. The main reasons are limited financial resources (Erasmus+) and reluctance of many students to go abroad for longer periods of time.
The vast majority of our students are therefore not - or hardly – able to acquire the international competences that is relevant to their future work context. In most positions in the world of work, international competences are crucial as many companies work internationally or have employees from different countries.
It is therefore necessary to link education to Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and specific 21st Century Skills. Up until now, internationalization education has often had an adhoc character. An important reason for this is the lack of an accessible toolbox for structuring internationalization education in the curriculum.
Due to COVID-19 both teachers and students have learned to work online. As the group of students that actually travel will stay the minority, it is of the utmost importance to find solutions for the rest of the students. The importance of Internationalisation@Home education will increase in order to acquire international competences. The toolbox BUILD@HOME can meet this need.
The main objective is to develop an easy to use toolbox BUILD@HOME that enables teachers and students to create project or activities that closely match with the curriculum/learning objectives, learning needs, talents and core qualities of the student. All this in the context of the required international competences and Agenda 2030. The toolbox is designed for every type of education and for every type of student.
We want to offer extra handles for new applications in Technical courses and Students with fewer opportunities in the broadest sense of the word.