ABOUT THE PROJECT

The project EUROPE’S FRIENDS aims at attaining the strategic goals common to the 5 partner schools from Romania, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Turkey, namely:
-An educational system compatible with the EU norms by a reconsideration of the approach to the teaching act from the part of the teaching staff
-Reducing school dropout rates
-Ensuring equal opportunities to education for students
The horizontal priorities underlying this project, according to the Erasmus program, are:
-Improvement of students’ basic and transversal competences
-Development of students’ social, civic, cultural skills
-Formal and non-formal education as a basis for long-life learning
-Combating discrimination and segregation
-Social inclusion
The project’s major objective is represented by the development of students’ competence through a combination of formal and non-formal education.
Specific objectives proposed:
70 students will develop their English language, sign language and IT communication skills
70 students will develop their social, civic, intercultural skills necessary for an openness to life-long learning, in order to build up a personality capable to adapt itself to the requirements of the labor market
55 teachers will develop their IT and English language skills needed in their teaching activity
55 teachers will combine formal and non-formal education in their teaching activity
55 teachers will learn/develop sign language
The target group is made up of:
-28 hearing-impaired students from schools in Romania and Poland, middle school, aged 12 to 16
-42 students without special educational needs from schools in Portugal, Turkey and Greece,middle school, aged 12 to 16
-55 teachers who work in the 5 partner schools
During the project there will take place:
-two transnational meetings in Portugal – January, 2018 and Romania – June, 2019
-an IT course for teachers, held in Turkey, March 2018 – where they will learn interactive teaching-learning-evaluation methods, will get acquainted with IT software necessary in the teaching activity
-“Traditional Handicrafts and the Art of Photography Camp“-Poland, Ustrzyki Górne, a small town in the mountainous region of Bieszczady, in May 2018
-” UNESCO Patrimony Camp” -Greece, Athens, May 2019
In each camp will participate a number of 7 students, accompanied by 2 teachers from each school
Following their engagement in this project:
Students will:
-participate in weekly English language activities where they will learn about the history, geography, culture of EU countries, which will enhance their competitive spirit and motivation for the acquiring the English language; students with the best results in the evaluations of these activities will go to the camps
-develop their English language communication skills following participation in English language activities conducted in each school throughout the project and the two camps to be organized in Poland and Greece
– develop their IT skills
-acquire knowledge about the history, geography, culture and traditions of EU countries
-get acquainted with the UNESCO sights and objectives specific to partner countries
-develop their social, civic, intercultural skills necessary for an openness to life-long learning, which will result in an increase of self-esteem
Teachers will:
-develop their IT and English language skills necessary in their teaching activity, following participation in the IT course (12 teachers from each country) and the camp activities (50 teachers-10 from each country, including host country)
-combine formal and non-formal education in their teaching activity
-learn/develop sign language
In the course of the project the following products will be achieved:
-the project’s site
-10 interactive lessons on the history, geography, culture and traditions of European countries
-5 guidebooks about the history, geography, culture and traditions of European countries, written in the native language of the partner schools, in English and translated into sign language
-2photo albums
-1photo exhibition
-2 films presenting the camps in which the students have participated and the activities conducted together with their teachers
Access to the project’s site will be free of charge, limitless
After the project:
-The prestige of each school will increase, at local, national and international level
-The European dimension of each school engaged in the project will be heightened
-Each teacher will become a trainer, capable to transfer European models of good practice to the field of formal, non-formal and informal education, thus contributing to a more dynamic teaching practice in the 5 partner schools.
The project will conclude with the International Conference EUROPE’S FRIENDS to take place in Romania, in June 2019, attended by a min of 200 persons. The results of the project will be disseminated, exploited and valorized through workshops organized in all partner schools in the next 5 years and longer.

 

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