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COMENIUS 2013-2015: Be SUstainable to SUstain the WORLD

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AIM

Our  aim is to equip our students with competences to live their lives to ensure environmental sustainability, but also to make them aware of different cultural expressions and ideas and learning to accept that. The background is the UN Millenium goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability and five of the EU Key competences for lifelong learning: communication in foreign languages,mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology, digital competence, social and civic competences and cultural awareness and expression.

Within the project we will:

  • learn about water purification and how to avoid water pollution, energy sources and how different energy sources have an effect on the environment, air pollution and how transport and production of food have an effect on the environment. The students will do this in their own schools and share what they have done on a common webpage that we will set up as soon as the project begins. All communication will be in English which is not a mother tongue for any us. When we meet, the students will get an open question where they have to solve a problem that has got to do with the different aspects they have studied and when the students discuss and try to come to a solution they have to work in a democratic way and thus learn to do so. (These tasks includes both the millenium goal and the above EU competences except cultural awareness and expression)
  • show each other typical dances, sing typical songs and eat typical food from the country we visit so that we also learn about cultural awareness and expressions.
  • when we come back home to our own schools we will share what we have learnt so that not only the visiting people learn but also the staff and students at home.
  • use facebook as a communication forum

EUROPEAN ADDED VALUE

There are 5 schools in 5 different countries involved, from Turkey in the east, Sweden in the north, Italy in the south and the central countries Poland, and the Czech Republic. We will put all our results on a common webpage so that students, staff and anyone interested can share what we do and the results show how it is in each of our own neighbourhood e.g. how polluted the air is, how polluted the water is, what kind of energy we use and if we eat food produced in the neighbourhood or not. Then we all learn how it is in other European countries, which would have been difficult by just reading books. Both students and staff will also visit the other countries and get to know teenagers and adults from all countries and also get in contact with the culture in different countries – dances, songs and food for instance and that will be of great value for the visiting people. But when we come home we will share our experiences by telling the others, showing pictures and try to show the dances, sing the songs and cook the food, so that the others at our schools also get to know more. When visiting each other we will make new friends and continue to keep in contact with each other and share our daily lives and thoughts. Through facebook other students and staff, who are not travelling, will be able to get new friends too.

IMPACT

Students:

  • Learning facts about environmental issues.
  • Learning to discuss and find solutions to environmental problems and then they will be prepared for the future to discuss other problems too.
  • Learning to live in an environmental friendly way.
  • A better understanding of the European context.
  • Greater acceptance of cultural and social diversity.
  • Increased interest in learning foreign languages.
  • Making new friends – through facebook and for the visiting students in real life. When the visit is in our own school everyone gets the opportunity to meet students from other countries.
  • Opportunities to visit other countries and schools.

Staff:

  • Learning more about environmental issues.
  • Increased interest in learning foreign languages.
  • Making new friends.
  • Opportunities to visit other countries and schools.
  • Observing other educational systems.
  • Sharing and exchanging new ideas.
  • Improved approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Learning to work together in spite of different teaching methods.

Institution:

  • Increased curiosity for environmental studies.
  • Greater understanding of the key issues.
  • Increased uptake with students continuing to study foreign languages.
  • Raised parental understanding of European issues.
  • Increased parental involvement.

Community:

  • Potential for developing community links and possibilities for other institutions to benefit from the links in Europe.
  • Greater knowledge of environmental issues.

MOBILITIES

NO of Planned outgoing mobilities in each country

  • STUDENTS 12
  • TEACHERS 12

Partners:

KVÄNUM

Kvänum Barnomsorg is a school situated in the countryside in the small village of Kvänum. Kvänum has about 1200 inhabitants and many of the students come by bus from villages nearby. The education level in the area is low due to it being an agricultural and industrial area where many people don’t have a higher education and they work on farms and in the industry. There are also many unemployed people and consequently many poor people. There are refugees from Iraq, Sudan, and Afganistan too and their children go to our school. We also have many students in need of special support due to a handicap. In spite of this our latest inspection report was good. Not many of our students go abroad and therefore having visitors from other European countries to talk to and later interact with through facebook or a bloggpage is of great value.

CASSINO

Liceo Scientifico “G.Pellecchia” is a newly built school situated in a suburban area of Cassino, a commercial and industrial town, halfway between Rome and Naples, famous because of the presence of Montecassino Abbey and the battle during the second world war. The town was completely destroyed and rebuilt, but still preserves some interesting Roman ruins and a beautiful natural park. It is full of shops and banks but people have to face the problems of high unemployment in spite of the presence of different university faculties.Young people lack meeting places and many of them are devoted to drugs, alcoholism, and bullism. The school is attended by about 1000 students, coming from the town centre, but above all from the nearby towns and villages. Immigrants are only few as well as students with special needs. Students and teachers are involved in interesting extracurricular projects and activities, but not all the students show the same attention and motivation to the study of the several subjects. Since it is not a vocational school most students go to the local University or are obliged to move to other towns and cities also because of the lack of work.

BUSKO-ZDRÓJ

The school is located in a beautiful small town Busko – Zdrój. It was established in 1964 and now it is one of the leading secondary schools in the region. Our students come from different social environments; some of them come from families in which one of the parents is unemployed. There are also students coming from one parent families or students whose parents left the country because of economic problems and let them with their relatives. Most of them come from rural areas so it is impossible for them to go abroad and meet a new language challenges. They are eager to do any project work, curious to get to know other countries and cultures. Unfortunately their parents  work very hard so they spend a lot of time in front of the computer. School offers to pupils various activities also in the afternoon, we provide a lot of different clubs. Teachers are often charged with standing in for parents to teach values as tolerance, intercultural exchange and social inclusion. Our school longs to enter this Comenius Project that will give students and teachers the chance to practice a common language, to know teenagers of other European countries and share with them all the activities programmed to find a new dimension in their lives, opening their horizon to the rest of the world.

ISTANBUL – SULTANGAZI

The school is located in European side of Istanbul which was the capital of three empires in the history. The school was established in 2011 and even if it has a short history, it has been one of the best known schools in the region thanks to its great success in education and sport competitions. There are 330 pupils including SEN pupils, from the 9th grade to the 10th grade, between the ages of 15 and 17 at school. We offer classes of Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, Foreign Language(English), social sciences, arts and Sports in classrooms decorated for each branch teacher and the pupils change classrooms for each lesson. Even if we have English classes from the 4th grade, the pupils don’t have the chance to practice as they cannot travel to any other country because most of our pupils come from poor families who immigrated from Anatolia or Roman families. Although our students are really skillful in arts and sports, they can improve themselves as much as they see and unfortunately they are limited with this area because they cannot go even to other cities. And thanks to this project, our pupils will have the chance to improve their language and art skills, to go to partner countries, to know new people, to learn about new cultures as it is obvious that they cannot do any of these by themselves or with their poor economy.

KADAŇ

Gymnázium Kadaň is a secondary comprehensive school with 300 pupils. The study is of two type – four years (age of pupils 15-19 years old) and eight (pupils’ age 11-19 years). The town of Kadaň is located in the northwestern part of the Czech Republic, in the neighbourhood of surface brown coal mines and 3 coal power plants. This is the reason we prefere enviromental education because we cooperated with a Norwegian school as a good example of well preserved landscape.The grammar school systematically arranges a great number of activities based on ecology, nature and healthy lifestyle for its own and non-Czech students. Not only detailed knowledge in natural science and ecology via these activities is gained, but also students from different European countries get together and firm friendships are thus developed. Social relations are cultivated among students of various nationalities and hereby young people are socially integrated. Students form their own opinions on European neighbours whilst studying culture and environmental conditions. Therefore they adopt a broader perspective which is so much needed nowadays. Last but not least, we show the students various possibilities how to break away from the material estates, to exchange experiences and the joy, and how to support, like and protect the nature.Enviromental education is one of the main preference of our education programme. We have realized it in several projects (GLOBE, Eco-Schools, Mini GLOBE Games, school research area), optional subjects, international exchange stays (10 years with a Norwegian school, the other with a German high school from Annaberg). Grammar School Kadaň joined the programme Comenius – Schools’ Partnership with its project Student Climate Research Campaign (SCRC) in September 2011 for 2 years. We closely cooperate with other 11 schools from 8 European countries. The project follows the GLOBE Programme, in which we have been working 15 years.