Let’s talk about Europe Erasmus Project

General information for the Let’s talk about Europe Erasmus Project

Let’s talk about Europe Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am
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Project Title

Let’s talk about Europe

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: EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy; New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses

Project Summary

We are convinced that school education is an important, even perhaps the most importance part of the construction of the European Union for young people and that there must be a better cooperation in education in Europe. School is an excellent place to promote mobility in order to prepare workforce for the European job market and to enhance interchanges for students. This mobility is not only a simple movement from one country to another, but it helps to think as a European Citizen, to improve intercultural education, to facilitate cross cultural learning and international cooperation, to change for a better mutual understanding and to better appreciate the individual as a person contributing to build the EU without binding it to a specific nationality. We realized that our students don’t know too much about Europe and the European Union as the subject has not too much importance at school and is treated only negligently in some lessons (mostly history, geography, civics, economy) over the whole secondary school. Being aware of the increase of the nationalism in many countries, the right-wing radicalism, the growing xenophobia, the Brexit and the extreme political parties participating in many governments we wanted to educate our students to be open-minded and to learn more about the importance of the European Union. In order to promote European Identity and European citizenship we must educate young people. They share their experience within their school but also with family and friends; we presented regularly the work in the project at school and organized meetings with the parents of our students.
Our main objectives were to reduce prejudices, to show the students that the EU offers many advantages for their every-day life (studies, travelling, working and/or living outside their home-countries ….), and guarantees freedom since the World War II. We were 4 participating schools and they were selected with specified criteria: the school of Catania as they had a very right government and they were affected directly by the wave of refugees; Iceland as they are not part of the EU in order to know a bit more about why; Germany as a country with growing nationalism in some political parties but also a founding member of the EU; the German school has much experience in European studies as they organize many activities around Europe and the European Union with their students. All this made for us the perfect mixture to treat some interesting topics. It was quite clear that we could not talk about all interesting subjects as we cannot influence the national framework curriculum. We had to work most of the time outside normal school hours.
First, we examined in which subject European topics are treated at school at different levels. After a survey organized in every participating school in different classes, we decided to develop some short modules that can be used at school ( the level of the students has not the main importance for us, the teacher can adjust the content to the subjects (it must not be history, geography, it can also be during a language or ethic lesson) and the age of the students; the time used for the module is flexible (it was not our objective to create a new subject for schools because we cannot decide about th). We tested the modules with our students in order to improve if necessary; that was always an important part of the work in our transnational meetings where we discussed the experience with our students and made the necessary changes in the description of the modules. We always worked in international groups in the meetings teachers and students as we decided to have also sometimes students in the transnational meeting and not only int the learning activities. The students are at the centre of our work and it is important to exchange ideas as teachers but the most important for us is to share with our students and to have their feedback. Each school chose its own subject in accordance with the others; so, we could consider the nature and the peculiarity of every school as we have not all students of the same age and the same school-system. Most of our modules are not closed subject; they are expandable. That was important for us as we live in a fast-moving world and the European Union constantly develops itself. We created a website with the modules so that they can be used be other schools. The main impact attained was that our students understand that they are part of the multiculturalism in Europe. They have now a more positive attitude towards Europe and they feel more as European citizens. For our students it was also interesting to work with teachers from other countries and from various fields. We hope that now teachers are more reluctant to work in cross-circular ways. Another important aspect was to involve the families and friends (ex. hosting students); many parents certified that it was a great interpersonal and intercultural experience for them.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 88525 Eur

Project Coordinator

Ecole Privée Fieldgen & Country: LU

Project Partners

  • Grunnskóli Bolungarvikur
  • Liceo Scientifico Statale Galileo Galilei
  • Gymnasium Ohmoor