The project leader is one of the professions of the future, so knowledge of project management is also a knowledge of the future. Only a good leader can successfully carry out a project in cooperation with the team, which is the driving force for the development and progress of each organization and society as a whole. In order to conquer this knowledge as young as possible, the members of the PMI® Slovenia, together with the international initiative PMI®, began to spread a project culture among pupils and elementary school students with project we named “Projects in Bloom”. After several years, more than 700 teachers have been educated in Slovenia. In the school year 2016/2017, a pilot project was carried out in cooperation with the Municipality of Nova Gorica, which Was the first municipality in Slovenia that supported the program. Now the learned methods are used by 280 pupils (from 2nd to 9th grade). As part of this pilot project, a final event was held where pupils and teachers presented their experiences as well as exhibited project products and work results. This pilot project was an important milestone, since the concrete results were presented to the general public at the final event for the first time. PMI® Slovenia makes a significant contribution to the dissemination of project management knowledge in our environment.
Learning tool “Projects in Bloom”
Learning tool was made by experts from the project and pedagogical profession. The new updated version is adapted for use on the interactive board. The goal of the learning tool is to provide globally proven project management practices that can be easily used by students and teachers when implementing their projects. The implementation of projects according to globally recognized and tested standards has many advantages and great added value for:
- leadership of the school – successful realization of the planned projects and raising the quality level of education with newly acquired practical knowledge of project management without the cost of training;
- teachers – less stressful work and more efficient implementation of projects from the curriculum, easier and simpler project management and tracking, developing soft skills, organizing, communicating, teamwork;
- pupils – acquiring knowledge for life, team work, taking responsibility and teamwork, developing soft skills, developing positive self-esteem and personality;
- parents – better connection with school, satisfaction with the acquisition of new knowledge and successes of children.
Through the link on the Poganjki projektov website, you can obtain the manual for free.
Program for introducing the learning tool “Projects in Bloom”
The Executive Board of the PMI Slovenia Association in November 2015 approved the Program for the introduction of a learning tool “Projects in Bloom”, prepared by the members of the PMI project team. From November 2015 onwards in the PMI Slovenia, all activities related to the introduction of the learning tool “Projects in Bloom” “will be carried out in accordance with the approved program. The program for introducing this learning tool can be downloaded with this link.
On the Projects in Bloom website you can learn more about examples of how project management tools are used in schools.
Mentoring and training for the teachers
PMI Slovenia voluntarily trains the teachers and offers mentorship in project management. By the end of October 2015, our information seminars were attended by 700 Slovenian teachers. The training is presented on the website Projects in Bloom. Starting from November 2015, we are conducting training according to the approved program for introducing the learning tool “Projects in Bloom”. We have prepared the program in order to offer you more choices. We pay special attention to mentoring about how to use this learning tool, because we believe that cooperation with our project management experts will help you in particular when checking the correct use of project management techniques by learning tool and obtaining feedback on your project outputs (eg activity tree, timeline, the project’s semaphore, etc.). If you are interested, please contact us at the contact below. We will be happy to agree on the appropriate schedule for training and mentoring about projects.
We are looking forward to work with you. For applications and questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org; please enter »Projects in Bloom« in the “Subject” field. The phone number of the on-duty contact person in the association is 01 431 3075. The contact person for the project “Project shots” is Andreja Križnič.