Our Partnership includes secondary schools from Bulgaria, Slovakia,Turkey, Romania, Italy and Spain. The partner organisations share common interests and ambition to enhance cross-culture connectedness, to apply various ICTs in the learning-teaching process, to foster leadership and media training, community service, and educational travel. We have established a strong and committed Strategic Partnership with an added value of all the partners, whose role in the project is specific. The various profiles of our organisations contribute to the fair distributions of tasks, and significantly enrich our endeavour to provide modern education with innovative tools that will bridge the gap between the restricted curricula opportunities of secondary education, and young people’s real needs for their future educational and career development.
Advanced technology has qualitatively transformed today’s learning and teaching. For the purposes of our project activities, and in particular virtual mobility, we will take advantage of Celtx Edge tool, and all suitable ICTs. Online social media will significantly enrich the educational process, because the target groups will have regular access to new types of information and knowledge. It will also enhance the sense of European citizenship – teachers and students alike will learn to work virtually in transnational teams. Some of the planned activities include: pupils’ presentations in English during forensic international tournaments; creative theatre performances; teachers’ trainings in transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge. In our blended mobilities, all the participants will join a variety of training sessions, webinars, workshops, community-based programs, study tours, and cultural events. Our planned transnational meetings will focus primarily on the exploration of educational issues through interactive activities, practical experiences, and other hands-on opportunities. Participants will learn more about democratic practices, youth leadership, conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, team building, and social entrepreneurship. Different learning outcomes must be taken into account in education: knowledge, skills, emotions, attitudes, and competences. To achieve our goals, we will apply the project method, problem-based learning, creative drama methodology, and RMA (the reciprocal maieutic approach). These innovative approaches intensify the major aspects of education for democracy: citizenship, diversity, human rights, mediation, fighting prejudice, media literacy. Some short-term results include: giving our target groups of teens the chance to say out loud what worries them, encouraging their critical and creative thinking, expanding their knowledge of English, refining their oral production and presentation, and, of course, providing lots of fun and games in between serious issues. Throughout the project’s lifetime, all the participants will do their best to turn our international collaboration into an enjoyable experience, where everyone will feel important.
Long-term benefits involve several aspects of crucial importance: enhancing positive leadership as a role-model among students; establishing the leading role of students’ parliaments as mediators in the teacher-student-parent paradigm; implementing in everyday teaching the good practices shared from the partners; introducing Europass in school; further cooperation between the partner organisations.