Knowing the history of the European Union, the national and common history, sensing historical and cultural values, and UNESCO cultural heritage help us analyze the past, understand the present and efficiently manage social, cultural and identity problems which harrow society nowadays in order to build a better future.
At the same time, knowing present history helps students to better understand the UK’s Brexit, the refugee crisis form the past years, the causes and the consequences they had on the EU and the impact on today’s society, to develop tolerance and respect for human rights and to increase the wish to eliminate racism and xenophobia.
This project is an extension of an eTwinning project which was carried out by Romania in partnership with a school from Greece.
The six schools are focusing on finding the most efficient and attractive integrated strategies of tackling history, at formal/non-formal level, curricular and extracurricular level in order to motivate students to understand the logic of the phenomena, of the historical facts, the interactions between history-arts-culture, all needed so as to form argumentum personal opinions and lasting skills.
The “trasnational” didactical materials which are to be devised, the good practices and cultural exchanges, the LLT activities for both students and teachers justify the necessity of this partnership.
The objectives of the project are addressed especially towards the students and teachers from the six partner schools:
- Stimulating the interest of 150 students for knowing national and common European history, art and culture
- Raising awareness and motivation in 150 students through knowing, respecting and protecting the UNESCO cultural heritage at European level through placing it centrally in a transdisciplinary didactic
- Developing the capacity of 38 teachers from the six schools of using modern transdisciplinary methods of teaching-learning-evaluating history and other subjects.
- Improving the quality of education at school level through efficiently integrating cross curricular elements of formal, non-formal and informal education to prevent early school abandon.
In the project’s activities there will be directly involved 150 students between the ages of 13 and 17 and 40 teachers from the six partner schools, who are interested in the topic of the project.
The activities of the project focus on:
- Students – to develop their interest in history, arts and culture form the past-present-future perspective, so as to become capable of managing the problems of future society and to understand their belonging to the common European space without discrimination, racism and xenophobia (thematic visits/trips, curriculum integrated activities in various subjects, creating exhibitions, collecting information about painters, musicians, writers, famous inventors, parades, charity shows, conferences on historical topics. Etc.)
- Teachers – who will approach history thorough integrated and active-participative teaching-learning methods meant to develop critical thinking and creativity , methods which will be acquired / applied throughout the project ( at local/transnational level) through exchanging experiences, good work practices and ideas.
The activities of the project will have results obtained by:
–The students (the project’s logo, quizzes , puzzles, educational games, leaflets, CDs, virtual libraries, documentaries, papers of the students for the thematic conferences from the LTT frame, plays, collection of information about inventions etc.)
–The teachers (the methodological guide, thematic workshops on active-participative methods, formal /non-formal activities, curricular/extracurricular activities, etc.) The webpage of the project will include all these results which could be used by the wider audience interested in the topic of the project.
-We envisage a positive impact at student level , teacher, school and community level: develop respect for the history of Europe and UNESCO culture, developing the feeling of belonging to the European Union, the attitude of combating racism and xenophobia, opening towards novelty, freedom of speech, active citizenship, developing critical thinking, creativity, civic skills, developing ICT and English communication competencies, enhancing teachers’ motivation of training students in the light of critical thinking, developing inter-institutional collaboration relationships, developing the triad school-community- parents, motivating students to continue to learn, thus preventing dropping out of school early.
-Exchanging good work practices between teachers at European level, intercultural exchanges between students, teachers and schools’ openness towards national, inter-sartorial and international cooperation will bring long-term benefits to partner schools which will be capable of offering quality education, at European standards.
The most relevant topics addressed by our project:
Creativity and culture
EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy
Gender equality / equal opportunities