About the project
The slogan for the year 2018 is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future. This is a main theme of our project. Cultural heritage has a universal value for us as individuals, communities and societies. It is important to preserve and pass on to future generations. What is more, our heritage has a big role to play in building the future of Europe. That is the reason why through this project we want to reach out to young people in particular during the European Year. We are taking advantage of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and engage our students in searching their heritage. We are getting them involved in the journey through the past experiences of their countries, making it meaningful for them and linking to the present situation in their countries and societies. The direct result is to make our students more aware of the cultural diversity that exists in Europe and raise awareness about the similarities that we all have. All our cultures have gone through periods of predicament and learning about them, our students will become more open-minded, tolerant, and knowledgeable, which will make them better citizens in the future. The most important horizontal priority of the project is social and educational value of European heritage.
Our aim is to bridge the gap in young people's perception of the surrounding world, to create a bond between the history, culture and tradition of their country arousing from the past, link it with the present and propose the ways to sustain this connection in the future. We will make our students familiar with the theme of social inclusion. We aim at promoting equity and inclusion by facilitating the access to learners with disadvantaged backgrounds and fewer opportunities. The school education priority is relevant because we plan to develop students' skills in both theoretical and practical fields of action related to the major topic of the project. Foreign language competence improvement will be vital since all the created material will be in English, as well as the students' online exchanges through forums, social networks and communication.
The main results we expect during the project's completion are the development of:
- greater awareness about European cultural heritage
- cultural competences
- linguistic skills
- ICT competences
- self-awareness through comparison with different cultural experiences
- the improvement of management and organisational skills
- the inclusion of the disadvantaged groups.
The target group will be the students fewer opportunities. We are planning to involve directly circa 300 students from all the partner schools altogether. Considering their age, they will be engaged in different activities. 12 to 14 year old students are going to participate (travel) in the mobilities taking place in all of the partner countries, whereas younger primary 6 to 11 year, are going to participate in project activities at their own schools and take part in the mobilities while placed in their own country. The project will involve pupils from different countries with financial difficulties, foreigners and migrants, children who grow up with one parent or unemployed parents, remote location, and students with learning or behaviour difficulties.
Each mobility will take place in a different partner country and will be devoted to theme connected with cultural heritage and social inclusion such as: customs and traditions, link with past and present, ancient heritage, museums and historical tourism, social inclusion of underprivileged groups and modern vision of citizenship. During the project schools will:
- research the theme of cultural heritage in their country, region and locality
- investigate how people's attitude to history and culture has been changing through the years
- look at the case of social inclusion in their countries, regions and localities
- investigate the strategies that are in place at local, national and European level to promote and support culture
- share their findings via the project website and e-Twinning page to be established as part of the project activities.
The work is going to be equally shared between all the partner organisations with the supervision of the coordinator. Timetable with the key actions, mobilities, events for follow-up and dissemination, is to ensure that the objectives are going to be fulfilled. Managing the project will be done online via email and video conferences, and during the teachers' meetings starting each year of the project. Evaluation will be done after each vital action, mobility and after each year of the duration. The word of the project, its objectives, long term benefits and achievements is to be disseminated on different levels: locally in each participants' community, regionally through conferences and open days at schools and internationally on the European level thanks to the virtual media such as: eTwinning, project's website, and Erasmus+ Results Platform.