Cultural Education with Schools
On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) the "Cultural Education with Schools" department works at the interface between schools, the arts and culture. In this context, participatory cultural education projects and activities with schools throughout Austria are conceived, accompanied, promoted, and given advisory and organisational support.
Science, schools and society
With the Young Science initiative the OeAD focuses on science education in schools and thus offers children and youngsters a variety of opportunities to come into contact with research institutions and to work together with them. Cooperation is promoted primarily through its own initiatives and projects, through which schools and research institutions are given the opportunity to cross-link and work together.
The OeAD Centre for Citizen Science acts as an information, advisory and service centre for Citizen Science. With it the OeAD primarily addresses researchers and scientific institutions with the aim of propagating the Citizen Science research approach in Austria – e.g. at schools.
Within the framework of the programme Creation of digital teaching and learning materials with Citizen Science methods the Foundation for Innovation in Education supports a total of 21 projects in which experts create digital learning materials together with pupils and teachers.
Erasmus+: The EU programme promoting school education in Europe
With Erasmus+ School Education the European Union supports transnational cooperation between kindergartens, schools and other institutions related to school education. Moreover, the programme subsidises teaching and learning periods of (pre-)school staff in other European countries. Project applications can be submitted by institutions (not by individuals) to the National Agency Erasmus+ Education.
School Events Cancellation Fund
Due to the coronavirus pandemic all school events had to be cancelled Austria-wide from 11 March 2020 until the end of the school year 2019/20. The OeAD has been commissioned with the implementation of the COVID-19 School Events Cancellation Hardship Fund by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF). The aim of the School Events Cancellation Hardship Fund is to cover the cancellation costs for school events lasting more than one day with overnight accommodation that cannot be cancelled or postponed free of charge.
The Digital Learning Initiative is part of the Austrian Federal Government's 8-point plan for digital education and has set itself the goal of equipping the 5th and, on a one-off basis, also the 6th grades with digital terminals from the school year 2021/22. The purpose of the initiative is to create the pedagogical and technical prerequisites for IT-supported teaching and to provide pupils with access to digital education on a level playing field.
# Schule lernt aus Krisenzeiten
The OeAD announces a call for applications for # Schule lernt aus Krisenzeiten (Schools learn from times of crisis), which is funded by the Foundation for Innovation in Education. In order to reflect learning effects from the Covid 19 situation and to set targeted measures for school development schools can apply for up to 2,000 euros for activities in the first school semester 2020/21. Funding is available e.g. for further education and coaching or for digital development measures.
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