International Forestry

International Forestry                                                   Magyar nyelvű programleírás

    

Program description

The contracting period of the project is: 1/09/2015-31/08/2017

The International Forestry program (financed from the Erasmus+ KA02 program budget)  started in the autumn of 2015. The coordinator institute of the project is the Vocational Education Centre Sedu (Koulukatu 41, FIN-60100 Seinäjoki, Finland).

THE OUTCOMES

The aim of the project is to create a curriculum for vocational training that is called International Forestry. Each participant country has to implement the study curriculum in their schools and disseminate the material nationally.  Every school will create a forestry eLearning module. As part of the International forestry curriculum we will also create a real life extensive course carried out on the spot (Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Hungary, Austria) in English for students from the participating countries. The mobility part of the module will concentrate on national forestry and it will be designed for the foreign students. We will also create a template for expert visits in our schools alongside with the students’ visits. With each country’s contribution we will establish the curriculum called International Forestry.

The e-learning material is available online ( https://eraforestry.blogspot.hu/ ) in English. The material covers modules in connection with forestry and nature, nature conservation. Each participant country manages one module. This means that the participants prepare and co-ordinate their own e-learning materials.

The modules are the following:

The structure of International Forestry unit:

  1. e-Learning module
  2. Outdoor recreation – Forests in Focus.
  3. The national parks. National parks are extensive nature conservation areas with the major task of ensuring biodiversity and giving people the opportunity to relax and enjoy nature. Country specific features of national parks in Austria, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Hungary.
  4. Everyman’s rights: Austria, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Hungary. Finland and Hungary in charge of section A.

Hungary’s contribution to the e-learning module: preparing learning material about national parks, elaboration of the national park topic structure with questions that can be used as guidelines while collecting information in the participant countries.

We set up the most important viewpoints and basic information in connection with national parks that are independent from location. This means every country can use these guidelines while giving information about national parks.  These were: the aim of national parks, typical data of national parks (area, year of foundation etc.) and measures of biological diversity, description of local natural and cultural specialties.

  1. Forest typology (Estonia)

Decisions about forest management on national and international level are based on the sum of stand parameters in the country. The Estonian partner will give the approach of Estonian forest typology, with a comparison to partner countries on the basis of information they provide on types.

  1. Sustainable use of Forests (Austria)

The term “sustainable forest management“ can be defined as “the permanent and optimized use of all forest-related goods allied with the increase of the beneficial and welfare function of forests for present and future generations.”

Forests are very sensitive ecosystems. Thus, it has to be kept in mind that only a regenerative forest can fulfill the requirements of sustainability. An exclusive environmentally friendly use of forests leads to success in the sense of sustainability. However, hard-to-reach areas, unfavorable weather conditions, and the fact that technical devises and equipment are restricted in their use can complicate a sustainable management. The progress on the field of technology facilitates the work, thus enabling a moderate but steady regeneration. Alongside timber production forests also serve as air filters, oxygen producers, reservoirs, protection, habitats and many more. Only a sustainable forest management can form a basis for future multi-functional forests.

  1. Preparing for study period abroad – Special attention to work safety in the field of forestry. (Sweden)

Besides creating an e-learning material the project has a mobility program, too. During the mobility program 4 students plus 1 or 2 teachers of each participant country travels to each location (each school of the participants) where they spend a week. During the 5-day program the students achieve practical knowledge.

The practical modules of the countries are the following:

  1. Modules of International mobility programs

The practical training contains the following field of education:

1) Austria: Timber management on hardly accessible areas

2) Estonia: Practical forest management topics with field works

3) Finland: Valuable forest habitats

4) Hungary: Traditional forestry mechanics

5) Sweden: Safety regulations about chainsaw work and clearing saw work. Students receive chain saw driver’s licence.

  1. The program template for visiting teaching staff and other specialists in the field of forestry

This will support national forest industry as well as provide schools and companies a common platform for co-operation which serves both the interests of schools and companies.

Programs as planned:

  1. Transnational project meeting in Finland. (October 2015)

Tasks:  Goals, administrative and financial aspects to be clarified. A common structure for the eLearning module in international forestry. Forest industry expert (Metsä Group) to be invited for  contribution based on the needs of the working life.

  1. According to the drafted plan, each partner will produce a module for the internet based learning module on the topic agreed.

Hungarian mobility program:

In the mobility module Hungary had the task of introducing traditional forestry machines and the presentation of the Hungarian national parks.  The students and the teachers visited national parks and nature reserve areas in the neighborhood of our school.

As a part of the program in the area of the Duna-Ipoly National Park they visited the student path „Jági” at Pilisszentiván which is unique in Europe with respect to its special flora elements. The participants of the mobility program saw the visitor centre on „Sas-hegy”, which is also a very important nature reserve area with very high biodiversity in the middle of the capital of Hungary.

The forestry company (Pilisi Parkerdő) organized for the participants a visit to a working site where traditional forestry machines were available for observation. They could see a reel that is used in steep slopes for moving logs.  The forestry workers showed the visitors the concept of „örökerdő” („Eternal forest”), which is a forest that is going to be kept for conservation.

The visitors could try themselves out in real „mechanical” tasks of metal works. They produced tools using metal pieces. They had to use plasma cutter welding machines, etc.

  1. Transnational meeting in Estonia.

Tasks: Project administration check- up. Planning of the production of national units on forestry for incoming students.

  1. Each country to produce a national unit on forestry for incoming students
  2. Blended mobility of VET learners to Estonia. Learner and accompanying teacher workshops dealing with the following topics: student and teacher feedback on eLearning modules (everyman´s rights) (day 1), testing of a module on Estonian Forestry (days (2-4) Feedback on the Estonian national module (day 5).
  3. Blended mobility of VET learners to Finland.

Tasks: testing of a module on Finnish Forestry. Learner and accompanying teacher workshops dealing with the following topics:  student and teacher feedback on eLearning module on international forestry (national parks) (day 1), testing the module on Finnish Forestry (days 2-4) Feedback on the Finnish national module (day 5).

  1. Transnational meeting in Sweden.

Tasks:  Checkpoint on project progress at national and transnational level, administrative and financial issues, assessment and dissemination. Planning of a template for Expert visit on Forestry for Experts.

  1. Each country to draft a national expert program according to the template.
  2. Blended mobility of VET learners to Sweden. Learner and accompanying teacher workshops dealing with the following topics: student and teacher feedback on eLearning modules (everymen’s rights) (day 1), testing of a module on Swedish Forestry days (2-4) Feedback on the Swedish national module (day 5).
  3. Transnational meeting in Hungary.

Tasks: Quality check of the project outcomes and administrational issues.

  1. Blended mobility of VET learners to Hungary.

Learner and accompanying teacher workshops dealing with the following topics: student and teacher feedback on eLearning modules (Forest Typology) (day 1), testing of a module on Hungarian Forestry (days 2-4). Feedback on the national module (day 5).

  1. Blended mobility of VET learners to Austria.

Learner and accompanying teacher workshops dealing with the following topics: student and teacher feedback on eLearning modules (Sustainability) (day 1), testing of a module on Austrian Forestry (days 2-4). Feedback on the national module (day 5)

  1. Transnational meeting in Austria.

Tasks: wrapping up the project. Experiencing the expert program of Austria

  1. Dissemination events in the partner countries according to the schedule drafted in the beginning of the project. Preliminary dissemination event already in October 2015 in Austria. This event will take place only in every fourth year and the project like

The participants of the program from our school are:

E-learning module: – Gábor Börzsönyi, Tünde Börzsönyi, Miklós Tolnai, Vazul Mocsáry.

Mobility program – Miklós Tolnai, Vazul Mocsáry.

The accomplished programs so far:

Finland – project meeting (2015. 28-30. 10.), mobility program (2016. 09-13.05.)

Estonia – project meeting (2016. 14-15. 03.), mobility program (2016. 14-18.03.)

Sweden – project meeting (2016. 12-14.09.), mobility program (2016. 12-16.09.)

Hungary – project meeting (2017. 20-21.03.), mobility program (2017. 20-24.03.)

Project meeting Hungary March 20-24

The tasks to fulfil were specified: treatment of online surfaces, how students will get the knowledge using these online surfaces, testing of the surfaces, future tasks.

According to our feedbacks, the participants enjoyed the program very much.

Our closing event is: project meeting in Austria and the mobility program in Austria between May 29 and June 02, 2017.

The program is conducted according to the rules of European Commission, Erasmus+ KA02.

Dissemination platform:

https://www.facebook.com/fmkaszk/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/szepesiszki/?fref=ts

http://intforestry.blogspot.hu/