German Technological School of Pärnu
THE FOUNDATION PROCESS OF THE SCHOOL
The foundation process began in 1999 on 2. July, when a letter of intent was signed in Pätz (in Federal Republic of Germany) between Technology and Vocational Training Centre of Königs-Wusterhausen and the Education Department of the city government of Pärnu with the aim to integrate the acknowledged German vocational training system into Estonian vocational education.
The letter of intent enacted the possibility that the germans would establish an educational institution similar to their system also in Estonia. This was followed by preparation work made until the November of 2000. At that time arrangements were made with the Ministry of Education and Research and the city government of Pärnu. It was also agreed that the school opens on 1. September 2001.
Several agreements were made: building and fitment is financed 100% by the germans; the germans establish a legal representation and a registered limited-liability company Pärnu Tehnikahariduskeskus, that is the founder and the owner of the school and is also the organizer of the engineering process; the city government of Pärnu gives a free ground lease and finances the school according to legislation on private schools; the state funds the school according to the Private Schools Act.
The aim of the founders of the school is to enable contemporary vocational training through level schooling and continual education, proceeding from European quality and experience, and is also taking into consideration the fact that there is a lack of qualified workers in enterprises of high importance in Estonia, especially in the field of technology and engineering. The school follows the Estonian legislation on education and is based on the National Curricula, which is being improved from time to time by the newest trends in Europe.
Through this kind of schooling the founders of the school aim to enhance people’s attitude towards vocational training as a relevant category when it comes to acquiring a profession.
CONDITIONS AND ESPECIALNESS
The school started in 2001
The number of personel 23, the number of students 150
A private vocational school / a 2-year vocational training after high school
The owner and investor locates in Germany
A new building and modern interior
Is regulated by Estonian legislation
Aims to achieve a new standard in vocational training
Studying is priced , but some some specialities are also partially funded by the state
WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO BE SEEN LIKE BY OURSELVES AND BY OTHERS
The elements of our vision (until 2010)
A educational institution, which justifies its existence and is needed
An innovative school, which practices new trends in European vocational education
Is independent and econimically well-managing
A school of good quality, that offers students security both in presence and in the future
An organisation that motivates enterprisingness
Our especialness because of our smallness, contemporaneity, innovativeness:
We are flexible, we are not afraid to correct ourselves
We know what is going on here in Estonia and also in places far from us
We are able to communicate with every student/client
We are transparent and clear in our actions and aims
We analize and compare ourselves with other schools
We are able to make decisions more independently
Our aims stand closer to us
*Accounting and taxation
*Management and administration
TARGET GROUPS OF THE SCHOOL
- Students of the region of Pärnu after graduating from primary school (may continue in high school taking general courses), who have normal results from school and are socially secure
- Young people and grown-ups, who have secondary education
- Young people and grown-ups, who have some other, but at least secondary education (have graduated from vocational school, university)
- Grown-ups / People with little or no qualification
- People, who have graduated from schools of Russian language, the integration is more difficult due to lack of vocational preparation
- Schooling for workers of different companies
- Students with moving disability