Education And Sustainability for the Young Erasmus Project

General information for the Education And Sustainability for the Young Erasmus Project

Education And Sustainability for the Young  Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Education And Sustainability for the Young

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2016

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Pedagogy and didactics; New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses; Teaching and learning of foreign languages

Project Summary

Our Erasmus + KA2 project followed a KA1 we made two years ago with Italian and Turkish partners. At the time we already wanted to develop partnerships with catering schools and agricultural schools in order to create a European network for students. We wished them to be aware of the whole process from production to food consumption and of the way it impacts our lives. Students learning cooking, waiting staff, hotel staff, bakery-pastry, agriculture or agronomy were therefore concerned. The former Erasmus + project aimed also at creating and deepening links and at finding new internship places for our students in different European countries. Moreover, teachers who went to Italy and Turkey in the former E+ KA1 have so much benefited from these mobilities. They have improved their English fluency and they have shared with their partners about pedagogical practices and cultural habits. Human connections have resulted. Our KA2 project was the logical continuation of this European commitment by involving students and making them full-fledged project stakeholders. Thanks to e-Twinning other European partners have joined us and the Agricultural school of St-Paul in La Reunion also wished to participate. The partners were already involved in European projects, though none of them had any experience of a French overseas department. This project was a great opportunity for all of us. Six countries were concerned by this partnership: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Poland, Turkey and France (Reunion island), the coordinator of the project. In all there were 7 participant schools.
We have involved students of several levels of study, professional and technological certificate or Baccalaureate in hotel and agricultural field for France. Ten to twelve levels for the european partners.
The project planned a private Facebook group, Skype meetings, an e-Twinning project, the creation of sustainable aromatic or vegetable gardens with edible flowers, internships in the partner schools and in hotels/restaurants. Each of these activities has been carried out by the whole partners. The private Facebook group was very popular and frequently used. It has been much more difficult to carry out Skype meetings and we have been able to plan them for teachers only because of students’ schedules and programs. However students communicated a lot with each other on Messenger. On the educational plan they made a pedagogical work on sustainability in growing aromatic herbs and edible flowers. According to the seasons in their respective countries, all the students created school gardens.
The partners had in charge to find internship places for the partner students and this has been correctly achieved. It wasn’t easy because of the particularites and differences of each country in professional fields and because staffs in hotels and restaurants have a lack of people speaking English. At first the students spent a week in the host school in order to get acquainted together, to learn basic idioms of the host country and to compare their schools. This was a great motivation to speak English. Participants have made important gains as regards linguistic, professional, cultural and human domains. Students acquired a big autonomy and self confidence. This project was a big source of wealth by the contribution of our differences.
In the included e-Twinning project, all the partners added the documents, movies and Power Points realised by the participants. We shared a lot with our partners about spices, edible flowers and vegetables in cooking, bakery, pastry but also in health care. In Reunion island the agriculture school and the catering school worked together to create the school garden. The two agriculture schools in France and Turkey worked together and shared their good practices. Participants have improved their level and their fluency in English. Pupils and teachers acquired transverse knowledge such as know how to sand and paint pallets to make gardens for spices or baking pastries in hotels which is very different from baking pastries in a pastry shop.
All the partner countries communicated several times about the project in the medias and on the websites.
We wished that our students rediscover the real values of the earth and act for a healthy and sustainable economy. We wanted students and teachers to improve their linguistic level and increase their cultural and linguistic knowledge.
We wished them to be aware of the great opportunity to be European citizens. These objectives were largely achieved.
For the teachers the exchanges with the peers were fruitful. We learnt to cooperate and to work together. The links are so deep that we all want to work on another project together.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 236775,17 Eur

Project Coordinator

Lycée professionnel hôtelier La Renaissance & Country: FR

Project Partners

  • Sredno uchilishte “Vasil Levski”
  • Istituro Istruzione Superiore Gae Aulenti
  • Zespol Szkol Ponadgimnazjalnych nr 1