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European added value

by Philippe Jeanjacquot last modified Jan 23, 2014 02:29 PM
The collective educational targets in the cooperation of our schools and the learning  mobilities to our various European locations will help students understand their European citizenship, being part of Europe, both physically and historically. 
The cities involved in the partnership represent a group that testifies to significant periods in European history: Rome, the archetypal mega city of all classical cities in Europe. Lyon, founded by Romans, developed into a confederation of urban cells. Amsterdam, the first great modern commercial city, emerging from trade overseas. Birmingham, the industrial city that emerged in the Anglo-urban revolution.
 
Thus we believe that the chosen theme of ‘Cities’  lends itself to cross-cultural  enhancement and will increase the awareness of both national diversity and European common culture. 
 
The exchanges between students will be central to the project and will contribute to more intensive European cooperation. 
A considerably greater number of pupils and teachers will enjoy mobilities than the minimum number indicated in section H: this effort will increase learning mobility across Europe.
 
Students will contact each other by mail, a project website and periodic meetings where groups of students of each school will guide workshops for their European partners. In order to increase the volume of mobility, also some whole classes, partially funded by families, will visit their partners abroad. Accommodating students with host families will help them develop their communication skills as well as facilitating the formation of lasting friendships and cross-cultural understanding.
 
A number of the participating schools will develop scientific courses in foreign language and will involve other disciplines (History, Geography, Technique and Languages) in order to make students take part in a European cultural exchange and improve their language skills.
 
We believe that European co-operation enriches the education system. It will enhance the school curriculum by developing scientific and integrated knowledge and improving the general level of intelligence of participants. 
 
By sharing methods and knowledge, teachers can improve their pedagogical approaches and enhance the quality and European dimension of their science teaching. 
 
The international cooperation provides opportunities for students to develop understanding of European common culture and will enrich their personal experience, knowledge and transversal competences.

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