Schools and Enterprise
as a Basis for Innovation
The Government of the Moravian-Silesian Region implements
projects aimed at the development of professional training and
education in the sciences, including vocational training targeted
at job skills. This is why current investment projects plan to
improve the practical training of students at technical schools
with education and practice centered on these particular schools.
Modern education at technical schools and their cooperation with
enterprise is the prerequisite to development and innovation in
addition to establishing collaboration within companies. These are
the principal topics of our interview with the Deputy Governor,
Mgr. Stanislav Folwarczny.
Mr Folwarczny, the government of our
region is supplying secondary schools
with modern teaching equipment. What
is the aim of these investments?
We want to supply secondary schools
with the latest equipment corresponding
with current findings and development
in each industry, and what is being used
in production. It is obvious that secondary
school equipment will always be a few
steps behind innovative leaders in their
fields of enterprise. However, our aim is to
narrow that gap as much as possible.
Does the regional government cooperate
with secondary schools and businesses to
coordinate the teaching with the actual
needs of the enterprise?
Of course. Nowadays, each governmentfunded technical secondary school has
dozens of partner companies from large
industrial enterprise and international
corporations to small businesses and
freelancers. One of the key points of the
cooperation of schools and businesses is
to continually keep the syllabus topical so
that it corresponds with modern trends.
The professional technical equipment and
education are upgraded and modernised
as well as pedagogical methodology, the
teachers too must respond to cutting-edge
technologies and adapt their teaching and
instruction accordingly. Selected schools
in the Moravian-Silesian Region are also
engaged in the pilot testing of elements of
dual education which aims at even more
intensive collaboration of schools and
businesses in professional training. Our
experience so far proves that it is the right
direction, and this is how the collaboration
of schools and companies may improve
because both parties share the same
interest, i.e. preparing qualified, skilled and
professionally trained graduates to join the
company or business.
We would like to introduce technical and
engineering schools whose expertise
and innovative instruction guarantee
preparation of a well-qualified staff.
Which schools would you mention, and
what are their best results?
The regional government, as the founder
of state-governed secondary schools,
supports all secondary schools equally.
Yet some schools tend to become the
natural centres of education in their
districts, especially those which have
an agile management and teachers.
A good representative is the Polytechnical
Secondary School in Bruntál, the first in the
region to create an in-school VR lab, where
students are taught and teachers develop
the contents of the syllabus and create
digital teaching aids.
In response to the success of the virtual
laboratory in the Polytechnical Secondary
School in Bruntál, we are creating such
laboratories in six more secondary schools
in the region. Other schools are being
equipped with collaborative robots,
modernizing mechatronic classrooms,
electrolabs and laboratories of technical
testing and measuring. In the past two years
alone, we have invested about 150 million
Czech crowns in the modernization of
expert equipment in secondary schools,
and we intend to continue with these
investments because the support of
professional education and crafts is the top
priority in the Moravian-Silesian Region.
Thank you for the interview.
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