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Programme: Lifelong Learning Programme, Comenius, Multilateral School Partnership

Project title: YES – Youngsters’ European Society

Project Summary

The title of the project - YES - "Youngsters' European Society" was inspired by our understanding of the fundamental importance that the young people have for the future of the European Community as a society of values and beliefs that blends the traditions, customs, values and beliefs of all its nations.

We believe that through joint learning about our countries, experiencing each-others' cultures, sharing knowledge, views and experience and organizing community-based activities, we will be able to build in our youngsters the awareness and confidence of people who belong to one nation- the European Nation.

The ultimate goal of this project will be to develop knowledge and skills in our students to live as active and well-informed European citizens who are familiar with the organization and functioning of the European Union, who value its cultural heritage, who are aware of their obligations and rights as members of the EU.

The project will promote youngsters' proactiveness, their leadership, IT and presentation skills. It will enrich the teaching practices in Social Sciences, Foreign Languages, Literature,IT and Arts. It will envigorate the school and out-of-school life of our students.

With the activities in this project we will strengthen the bondage between all the parties involved in the process of schooling, i.e. students, teachers, school management, parents, community, local authorities and the business both within every country and internationally.

The students in our schools are motivated to learn about other countries and communicate with peers to build international relations and develop their linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills. They are aware of the importance of acquiring strategies for quick and successful adaptation to new realities.

Project Objectives and Strategy

  • To establish/strengthen the cooperation between the students, staff and management of five European Schools united round a common topic of interest.
  • To strengthen the cooperation between students, staff, school management, community, local authorities and businesses both locally and internationally.
  • To provide the opportunity for young people from the participating schools to get into contact and get to know each other.
  • Befriending over border between old, new and prospective members of the EU.
  • To broaden the knowledge of students of the concept and history of the EU and their role as its active citizens.
  • To empower young people and enhance their leadership skills, initiative and active participation in the life of the community.
  • To present and build awareness of the participants' traditions and culture focusing on the similarities between the countries/local communities/schools.
  • To help students develop their creativeness, IT and presentation skills.
  • To jointly design leaflets, brochures and other information materials about the history of the EU and the obligations and rights of its citizens.
  • To help students improve their communication skills and knowledge of English which will be the working language and get an insight of other European languages.
  • To share professional experience of teaching Social Sciences and techniques of working with youngsters in the Class Periods with their class teachers.
  • To promote respect and tolerance through learning about and acceptance of differences.
  • To provide equal opportunities for participation of boys and girls, male and female teachers.
SUBJECTS/PROBLEMS ADDRESSED

  • European membership - rights and responsibilities.
  • Empowerment of young people.
  • Active cooperation between all parties involved in the life of youngsters in and out of school.
  • Enhancement of over-border cooperation between the countries of EU.
  • Raising the capacity and the national and international profile of the participating schools.
APPROACHES

  • Balanced and equal involvement of all participants.
  • Students will have the active role in performing the project activities; teachers will act as mentors and advisors.
  • Smooth communication flow will be ensured through e-mails, faxes, web-site, social network, telephone, post.
  • Measurement of the levels of motivation and satisfaction with the work done at all stages of project development in all countries.
  • Direct work at research and art workshops.

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