About the project

posted by: Rogério Queirós
on 18 September 2016

In early school years (age 4-10) students are eager to learn everything about the world around them. If we can succeed in teaching the values, traditions, heritage and the culture of their city and their country and the wider world in those early ages, they will have the chance to compare them and they will see themselves as children of Europe. On the one hand the students will see that they are different from each other in many ways, but on the other hand they will recognise that they share many similarities! They need to know their past, history, culture and ancestors in order to know about themselves. In that way the children, the teachers and also the families will feel like European citizens. Participants will learn about both their country and other European countries. Pupils and teachers will appreciate the cultural richness, new languages, the feeling of European Citizenship, intercultural dialogue, different traditions, European history, comparing educational differences, developing a positive attitude towards a united Europe. It will be a Euromosaic study.

In participating in this project, the teachers will be able to keep local cultural values alive. They will be aware of their cultural richness, comparing the differences and similarities between the cultures of different European countries and sharing their cultural heritage. They will then apply this experience and knowledge in the educational curriculum used in their schools.

Most of the students of the partner schools are not from rich families. That is why most of them hardly travel and consequently they don't even know their own country. Some students in our schools also have multicultural backgrounds. Through our project, these students will learn about the cultures and the important and famous places of the country they live in.

The students in each country will get to know themselves better by planning activities and being 'Little Euro Guides' of their country. Professional folk dance instructors will be invited and will act as transmitters of their country's culture as they teach folk dances to our students. In the end the students can proudly share their knowledge with children from partner countries. There are some students from foreign countries in some partners’ school. For example 25% of the students in the Greek school are from Albania and Bulgaria. We are convinced that our project aims to respond to the challenge of multiculturalism in Europe and will enable our students to experience this meeting point under the cultural crossroads and linguistic diversity of our countries. Many key skills will be developed. For example; literacy skills, numeracy skills, digital citizenship and computing skills. These are essential transferable skills that our pupils need to succeed. Developing and applying these skills in a wide range of meaningful contexts is vital, and our project provides opportunities for pupils to use and improve their skills whilst carrying out a variety of tasks.

Using interesting and relevant learning activities throughout our project, pupils will improve their motivation, sociability, knowledge of foreign languages, ICT competency and basic skills.