Romania

Liceul Tehnologic Mirsa

 

 

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Founded in 1979, Liceul Tehnologic Mirsa (Mirsa High School) has emerged as a necessity of preparing the workforce for a large industrial colossus – Mechanical Factory Mirsa. Located in a suburb of Avrig, Sibiu County, at the foot of Fagaras Mountains, the school had meant training workers in the mechanical field. The students were from all over the area, within a radius of 20 km – being the only school in the entire area. Until 1989 the school was the only provider of qualification that factory occupations required,so that 80% of pupils were attending school here. After 1990, the factory fallen to bankruptcy and the school population has declined significantly. The collapse of heavy industry which supported the town and the entire area has generated mass unemployment, emigration of many citizens to other countries in search of a job being a natural consequence.In 2000 the high school merged with middle school and in 2002 the kindergarten joined it. That was when the management team of the school has tried to diversify the areas of training. They have accessed PHARE funds for equipment to support the theoretical and practical training of students.
Now the school is a public pre-university educational institution, subordinated to the Ministry of National Education. It operates with the following levels of education: preschool, primary(from the preparatory class to the 4th class), gymnasium classes (V-VIII), high school classes (IX-XII and vocational school, with a total of 394 students.With the appearance in the village and in the area of new economic investors, high school students have been trained as a CAD technician, for better socio-professional insertion. In the vocational school they are trained in carpentry and auto mechanic, students being motivated by the granting of 25 professional scholarships.The School activity of career counseling includes specific activities with our economic partners, with universities and counseling centers.
The number of the paid staff is 47, including 30 teachers, most with didactic grade I. They challenge for independent learning and adapting performance under less prepared students who came from schools throughout the area. Lack of motivation in learning and lack of employment in the labor market of the village or area are those that most affect students. Thus, the biggest challenge of the school at this time is to maintain each student in education until the completion of his studies and skills to secure a place in the labor market. In order to avoid social exclusion, our school tries to motivate students and families through various methods: offering 36 merit scholarships; family support allowance for 12 students; extended hours for kindergarten including hot meal; program of support for 8 pupils with special educational needs (SEN); assistance given to pupils and parents through the counseling of family with the participation of the school psychologist.
The material basis of our school consists of:regular classrooms with furniture that can be arranged; classrooms on school subjects (Electrical engineering,Auto mechanic engineering, Biology, Geography, Physics and Chemistry); twoComputer Science classroom – one for AutoCAD and the other for AEL with educational software programs; school workshops (carpenter and auto mechanic); Pinocchio CDI (Documentation and information center) hosting the library, a reading corner and a projection one; sanitary toilets with equipments appropriate to pupils’ age.
Because parents had to emigrate in order to find a job, almost 10% of our students live with relatives. That`s why the most important mission of the school is to integrate them in the society and work field, adapt to labor market changes in Romania and EU.
The school management supports all projects developed by us in order to promote our institution in the country and abroad.

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