WESTERN BALKANS – Applications for the RYCO Superschools Western Balkans School Exchange Scheme are now open! RYCO will support 100 secondary schools from the Western Balkan region to implement regional exchanges for more than 1200 students, and will offer capacity building opportunities for more than 100 teachers.
The Superschools Exchange program aims at supporting the peacebuilding and reconciliation process, intercultural learning and dialogue in the region and in this case among schools, teachers, students, and their communities. Every secondary school, public or private, from the Western Balkans is invited to apply and if funded to implement exchanges. The Superschools Exchange program is financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Through the online platform www.superschools.net interested schools shall register and create an online profile and find a partner school from a different part of the region with the Western Balkans, then identify and propose the common activities during the exchange in the application. The implementation of the second cycle of the exchanges shall take place from March to October 2023 and each partner school shall organize one exchange visit to the partnering one, with a group of up to 12 students and 1 to 2 teachers lasting up to 7 days. During the exchange periods, students and teachers will have the chance to travel, present themselves, their schools, and customs to their hosts and learn new things about local communities in different parts of our region.
In order to present the exchange program, RYCO local branch offices are organizing info sessions for teachers and principals in a city near you in which you can participate by checking the dates here.
To apply until 28 October or for more information, visit www.superschools.net or contact the RYCO Local Branch Office closest to you.
About the Superschools programme
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.