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Metropolitan working group discusses education projects

The Qualifications Needs Anticipation System, the transfer of competences to municipalities in the area of education, and PISA for Schools were all highlighted at the meeting of the metropolitan education working group.

The regional in-depth study of the Qualification Needs Anticipation System (SANQ), the transfer of competencies to municipalities in the area of education, and PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) for Schools were the topics highlighted at the meeting of the education working group that took place yesterday, July 20, in Lisbon, in the auditorium of the AML headquarters building.

Qualification Needs Anticipation System

Updating the SANQ regional in-depth study will support the process of planning and coordinating the network of level 4 dual-certification vocational training courses in the Lisbon metropolitan area, by identifying a matrix of relevant qualifications and improving the process of coordinating the network of level 4 training offers.

This update will make it possible to identify trends and priorities for intermediate-level qualifications, obtain up-to-date information on the dynamics of job supply and demand, identify investments expected to have an impact on job creation in the region, update the regional diagnosis in the socio-demographic, education-training, professions and employment fields, and also characterize the installed capacity of schools, in terms of human and material resources and the schools' organizational and pedagogical practices.

PISA

The OECD's PISA program carries out a triennial assessment of 15-year-old students from around the world, evaluating the extent to which 15-year-old students, nearing the end of compulsory schooling, have acquired the knowledge and skills essential for full participation in modern societies. The assessment focuses on reading, mathematics and science skills.

This edition of the program also assesses students' proficiency in the socio-emotional domain. The assessment doesn't just look at whether students can reproduce knowledge; it also examines how students can extrapolate from what they have learned and apply that knowledge in unfamiliar contexts, both in and out of school.

PISA's main objectives are therefore to empower school leaders and teachers by providing them with evidence-based analysis of their students' performance, to help schools measure the main components of 21st century skills, and to promote global peer learning opportunities between school leaders and teachers, achieved through the design of a series of post-assessment activities.

As part of this project, it is planned to carry out two regional sample studies in 2023/2024 and 2025/2026 and to carry out actions with school groups and municipalities to analyze and interpret the results and define strategies to promote learning.

Other issues

The meeting also discussed the transfer of competences to municipalities in the area of education, particularly in aspects related to the financing of works in schools, school meals, non-teaching staff and pupils with special educational needs.

The meeting of the metropolitan education working group was also attended by TML - Transportes Metropolitanos de Lisboa and FPF - Federação Portuguesa de Futebol.

TML - Transportes Metropolitanos de Lisboa, through its administrator Rui Lopo, reiterated to the municipal representatives the need to have the school timetables for the next school year in a timely manner, so that the opening in September can take place normally, in terms of the public transport services provided by Carris Metropolitana.

They also presented the potential of the Navegante Escola card, which allows a range of services to be integrated.

The Portuguese Football Federation has presented an intervention program for primary schools to develop motor skills and introduce sports habits, which is called Super Quinas. The aim is to involve 36 schools in the Lisbon metropolitan area (two per municipality), with activities lasting two hours a week throughout the school year.

Photo: Kimberly Farmer, Unsplash

Updated on 9/08/2023
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