Title of the project:

Our Common European Roots (through history, culture, language and traditions)

Acronym:

O.C.E.R.

Short description:

One of the main components that make up our identity as human beings is our past, and the people and events that were part of our past. We should be grateful to all those that preceded us, because part of what we are today is because of them. Similarly, the history of the different European countries is one of the main components that make up the identity of Europe today.

This project is a research into the past of each of the participant countries, through their history, culture, language and traditions. The main objective is to find out the links between the different cultures that make up the European Union, compare them and draw conclusions about the differences and similarities that enrich and unite us.

Through participation in this project, we wish to encourage cooperation and intercultural communication and strengthen the sense of European citizenship based on understanding and respect for other peoples and cultures.

* A priority of the project is the mobility of students, who will visit the schools organizing a meeting and will be hosted by families.

Rationale:

By studying and researching into the past, and comparing the different countries, the project aims at considering the common roots that unite the multicultural European community and make students realize that we are not so different from each other. Under the hypothesis that the different European cultures are connected in some way by similar links, the project aims at developing students’ awareness of belonging to a common Europe, without renouncing their own identity and culture. For teachers and schools, this project is an opportunity to exchange experiences and good practice with partner schools and realize the importance of intercultural education in our schools, to facilitate a better understanding between the future European citizens.

The project is useful for building bridges between different countries, giving participants the opportunity to have a deep knowledge of their culture, language and traditions. Through a better understanding of other cultures, the project aims at developing the value of empathy and belonging to a united Europe.

Subjects:

Art, Classical Languages, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, History of Culture, ICT, Music, Politics, Physical Education, Social Studies

Languages:

EN

Pupils’ age:

14-18

Tools to be used:

Virtual learning environment, Project Website/blog, e-mail, software and applications (PowerPoint, Picasa, video...).

Project Objectives and Strategies:

-       Increase students’ general knowledge and learning about the cultural diversity of the European Union.

-       Promote language learning and linguistic diversity, as well as acquisition of communicative skills.

-       Promote acquisition of digital skills, learning to learn skills, social and civic consciousness and cultural expressions.

-       Develop students’ ability to think and argue critically, participating in discussions and debates, exchanging information, and drawing conclusions.  

-       Develop students’ and teachers’ teamwork skills.

-       Contribute to understanding, accepting and finally appreciating multiculturality and diversity in all its manifestations.

-       Raise students’ awareness about the common links between the European countries and strengthen awareness of their own identity as individuals and of belonging to a common Europe.

-       Create educational resources that encourage young students to improve the knowledge of their own culture and become interested in learning about other cultures, through Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

-       Improve the quality of education and training by cooperation and exchange of good practice between the European schools.

These objectives will be achieved by addressing the following topics:

1.    Who am I? Digging into my past to design my self portrait.

2.    Historical roots – in search of the history that unites us. Great social movements.

3.    Historical figures: leaders and their conditional factors.

4.    Musical roots of Europe: our most emblematic songs as a symbol of an era.

5.    European linguistic roots: origin, evolution, present situation.

6.    Historical heritage (painting, architecture…): the remains of the past.

7.    Ancient European sports and games: what did our ancestors play?

8.    Traditional dances: our most emblematic dances.

9.    Food. Traditional dishes for everyday life and for celebrations.

Expected results:

-       Creating Teaching resources to be used with younger learners, such us  Power Point presentations, videos, drama activities, comics about the different topics.

-       Artworks and exhibitions.

-       Performing traditional dances.

-       Sports and games festival.

The final output is a dossier with different kind of teaching resources, to be used at schools.

Added European Value:

The added European value of the project has resulted from the definition of a common problem identified by European youngsters: the lack of understanding between foreign cultures, due to a general lack of knowledge. The high current migratory movements emphasize the problem, but are also the reason to search links between cultures.

This project is a research into the past of each of the participant countries, through their history, culture, language and traditions. The ultimate goal of the project is to find out the links between the different cultures that make up the European Union, compare them and draw conclusions about the differences and similarities that enrich and unite us. As a result, the cross-cultural differences actually will come together to find common links and this will be the first step for a better understanding between cultures.

Through participation in this project, we wish to encourage cooperation and intercultural communication and strengthen the sense of European citizenship based on understanding and respect for other peoples and cultures.

Impact:

Through the participation in the project students will gain knowledge of their own and other European cultures and increase their level of understanding and respect towards other people and cultures. We expect students to develop a feeling of belonging to a common European society and culture. Students will also improve their knowledge of foreign languages and communicative skills. They will develop the IT, linguistic and cross-cultural competences. Students will develop abilities such as team working, critical thinking, organizing, taking decisions and responsibilities, and values such as cooperation, tolerance and respect.

Through getting to know other educational systems and cooperating, teachers will enrich and benefit by sharing and exchanging ideas, experiences, information, methodologies and good practice with the other partner schools. This will motivate them to be innovative and creative, extend knowledge and experiences in foreign languages, ICT and multimedia, improve team working skills and be open minded and be open for future new international cooperations.

Schools will promote language learning by providing students with real communicative situations, and through Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).  The partner schools will learn from each other. The partnership will improve quality of education, enrich school life by multi-cultural impulses and provide links between the partner schools for future collaborations

Relevance towards the objectives of the programme

Through the participation in the project students will gain knowledge of their own and other European cultures and increase their level of understanding and respect towards other people and cultures. We expect students to develop a feeling of belonging to a common European society and culture. In all project activities students and teachers will have to communicate in English, which will motivate them to improve their knowledge of this language. We hope to encourage the learning of modern foreign languages too by addressing the topic on "European Linguistic Roots: origin, evolution and present situation".