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Enhanced human capital and knowledge base
This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoUs, the concept note, and comments made by the FMC. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.
The Programme Operator (PO) is the Centre for International Cooperation in Education – Dům zahraniční spolupráce (DZS). The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU, formerly SIU) and the National Agency for International Education Affairs (AIBA) are the Donor Programme Partners (DPP).
The Programme objective: “Enhanced human capital and knowledge base” shall be attained through projects to be selected as a result of 12 calls for proposals. Calls for proposals shall be launched on annual basis, under each of the following four outcomes:
- Strengthened institutional cooperation at all levels of education, with a special focus on democracy and citizenship education (Outcome 1)
Institutional cooperation projects between Czech Republic and Donor State institutions at all levels of education will aim to i) modernise or innovate the curricula and develop joint study programmes and courses, or ii) support the development and transfer of innovative practices through peer learning and exchange of good practice in the field of teaching methodologies.
Democracy and citizenship education as well as inclusive education (including Roma inclusion) will be prioritized topics receiving extra points in the selection process.
- Improved skills and competences of students, staff and other educational experts at all levels of education (mobility) (Outcome 2)
Mobility projects between Czech Republic and Donor State institutions will support i) students in secondary and higher education and ii) teaching and non-teaching staff and other educational experts (policy makers) at all levels of education in the acquisition of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) with a view to improving their personal and professional development.
Mobility projects which suggest awarding extra points to students from disadvantaged groups, when selecting those students, will be prioritised in the selection process.
- Improved quality of work-based learning and youth entrepreneurship (Outcome 3)
Vocational education projects contributing to this outcome shall support two types of activities:
a) Development of joint projects between VET schools from the Czech Republic and the Donor States and companies with an aim at i) increasing the capacity of VET staff and company tutors or ii) re-designing curricula to match the needs of the local labour market.
b) Development of joint projects between VET schools from the Czech Republic and the Donor States fostering youth entrepreneurship through education and training.
- Increased inclusion of disadvantaged groups including the Roma population (inclusive education) (Outcome 4)
Joint projects between education institutions from the Czech Republic and the Donor States seeking to develop the competences and classroom-based skills of education professionals and multipliers, in particular those tasked with supporting inclusive approaches and working with Roma students.
Roma inclusion will be a priority topic (receiving extra points in the selection process under the relevant award criterion) with a special allocation in Calls under this Outcome and for projects on training of teachers working with Roma students. 40% of the total amount for this Outcome will be set aside for projects targeting Roma inclusion.
 1 Disadvantaged groups = children with special needs i.e. with disabilities and physical or social disadvantages (including, but not limited to Roma )
Institutional cooperation, as well as mobility for staff and students at all levels of education, including apprenticeship, shall be targeted.
The programme shall address democracy and citizenship education and related topics.
The programme shall be open to cooperation at all levels of education.
This programme shall include support of inclusive education and contribute to the improvement of the situation for disadvantaged groups including the Roma population.
€ 75,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.