Free body and mind – change your life! Erasmus Project

General information for the Free body and mind – change your life! Erasmus Project

Free body and mind – change your life! Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am

Project Title

Free body and mind – change your life!

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 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Health and wellbeing; ICT – new technologies – digital competences; Teaching and learning of foreign languages

Project Summary

The project was created as a result of research and observation carried out on a representative group of children and adolescents aged 11-16 attending a post-primary school. All pupils from communities affected by problems such as unemployment or orphanhood generated by economic migration attend the school of the beneficiary and all partner schools. The project was supposed to broaden the horizons of students, make the relationship between lifestyle and its comfort, deepen their cooperation skills, language skills as well as mathematics and IT. After the information campaign, project groups of 15-30 members were created in each of the partner schools, who implemented all project activities. A large part of the activities involved all students, their parents and members of the local community.

The primary goal was to make students aware of the great impact on their proper development a healthy lifestyle – the use of a proper diet in combination with physical activity. This goal was implemented by meetings with nutrition specialists, workshops during which students calculated the level of harmful substances (sugar) in meals, jointly arranged menus and preparing dishes proposed by themselves. They also visited farms specializing in the production of healthy food, explored regional cuisine as the heritage of the regions, as well as a way to produce food that would protect the natural environment. Students also got to know different forms of physical activity, which was to show them many opportunities to take care of their condition (eg dancing, swimming, cross fit, etc.).

Improving their mathematical and IT skills, students prepared excel sheets in Excel to learn about the eating habits of their peers and their families. They prepared presentations in the Power Point program, in which they presented the results of research and provided information about their schools, cities, regions and countries. Such presentations on the next project activities were a permanent element of the school’s “Open Doors” and other events and celebrations. The students also filmed the preparation of meals, joint meetings, then developed and made them available on channels such as Youtube. One of the films took part in the “Hello Europe” competition. Project participants created European Language Passports on the Europass website. They also learned the rules for creating other European documents on this site.

The students improved their ability to use the English language, which was served by mutual communication with foreign partners, both during international meetings and on social networks. All the results of the work – presentations, films, and written works in the competition “My Europe, my case” had to be done in the language of the project, i.e. in English. Also, workshops, lectures, talks and discussions were held in English, which broadened the students’ vocabulary and, above all, helped to overcome the language barrier.

The project participants significantly improved the skills of working in a group. Many tasks (eg measuring the level of sugar, videos with exercises for the lazy ones) had to be implemented in international groups, often chosen randomly. Students had to communicate in English, share ideas, carry out tasks, skillfully manage conflict, present results of work in a group .

The students had the opportunity to learn about the history, tradition, culture and religion of partner countries. They also learned daily habits, lifestyle and the specificity of national cuisine. They made friends with their peers and their family members and friends. Recognizing the differences, they realized that they have a positive impact on the shape of the EU. The level of their tolerance has substantially increased, especially in relation to the religion and traditions of other nations.

The project involved teachers from partner schools, conducting various types of activities with students (eg singing lesson, lesson on skilful reading of labels on food packaging, cooking workshops, presentation of educational opportunities in partner countries), parents and the local community. In each of the partner countries, students met with representatives of local authorities.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 114300 Eur

Project Coordinator

Szkola Podstawowa nr 8 im. Marii Sklodowskiej – Curie w Toruniu & Country: PL

Project Partners

  • I.E.S. Fernando de Rojas
  • Agrupamento de Escolas e Jardins de Infância D. Lourenço Vicente