We – the children of Mother Earth Erasmus Project

General information for the We – the children of Mother Earth Erasmus Project

We – the children of Mother Earth Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am

Project Title

We – the children of Mother Earth

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 : School Exchange Partnerships

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2018

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation; Energy and resources; Environment and climate change

Project Summary

The project “We – Children of Mother Earth” focused on changing the behaviour of young people, their habits, their attitude to drinking water, the air they breathe, the consumption of products and other resources that are necessary for further life. All project activities referred in their subject matter to the priorities of the European Commission’s Seventh Environmental Action Programme to 2020: protection of natural capital, including fertile soils, fertile lands and seas, fresh water and clean air, and biodiversity. The programme also emphasised the conversion of waste into resources and more efficient use of water resources. Since young people make up almost 30 percent of the world’s population and will determine the future, their way
of thinking about the environment is already shaping the world of tomorrow. If there is one thing we all worry about, it is the future and the innovative methods that will be used in schools. That is why we should provide our children with interesting sources to promote environmental awareness in order to ensure a clean and bright future. Therefore, the main objective of our project was to promote environmental awareness and create
environmentally conscious citizens. Other important points of the project were: strengthening international cooperation by sharing good teaching
practices, preparing and implementing education and training for professionals on the challenges of equality, diversity and integration in the educational environment, encouraging active citizenship and entrepreneurship, implementing joint activities by two or more groups of young people from different countries, facilitating the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and competences acquired through formal and non-formal education. The idea of this project appeared among 6 project partners (Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, Croatia, Portugal, Romania), who differed geographically, culturally, historically, but at the same time shared the view that it is our duty, as educators, to make students aware that the nature
around us is in danger and that together we can change something. All project partners had experience in participating in similar projects, which allowed to clearly define the objectives. The project involved pupils aged between 13 and 18 with different levels of language competence and from different backgrounds, which helped to experience and better understand what it means to be a valuable European citizen with many competences in this field. The methodology used in the project was based on the use of non-formal education and learning through discovery. It included learning by doing and learning together: learning by doing and debating with others in a teamwork context. Another innovative feature was the development, testing, adaptation and implementation of new forms of learning and education and training provision, in particular the strategic use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and better exploitation of the potential of ICT. Pupils decided on the direction and implementation of the project, methods of communication with partner countries, workshops and all related activities. Each of the partners had their share of the project and at the same time all the partners were responsible for: the creation of Eco-teams”, which carried out all recycling activities, cooperated with experts and created green corners in libraries. School administration organised regular meetings with local authorities and parents to highlight the importance of the project. Parents and students took part in workshops, presentations and open lessons, whose topics were related to the project activities. The tree planting and nature observation activities were implemented in the curriculum and lesson plans prepared by the partner schools.
The following results were jointly developed: educational material “Green Citizens” – an example of good practice in the field of ICT, a book with stories “Sad and Happy Heroes of the Nature”, which aims to inform the young generation about the problems with the nature around ; “Walking around” – a brochure promoting cities and partner countries); “Water and Culture” – joint work on important rivers / seas in our countries, how they have affected the way of life, culture; Guide to the world’s endangered oceans and animals; E-book on global warming; Information brochures on types of pollution and solutions; FORESTS brochure; Nature dictionary in 7 languages; presentation “World Heritages” . Activities promoting environmental protection will be permanently included in the schedules of partner schools, the results will be used by the teaching staff, and the
international cooperation will continue in subsequent projects.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 91400 Eur

Project Coordinator

Zespol Szkolno-Przedszkolny w Bialowiezy & Country: PL

Project Partners

  • Sehit Polis Nedip Cengiz Eker Mesleki ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi
  • Osnovna skola Bilje