Full legal name: Strandskolen
Address: Kongens Enge 40
Strandskolen is a public school that offers mandatory education for children 6-16 years of age. The school is situated approximately 30 km outside Copenhagen in a predominantly middleclass area. Strandskolen has 650 students, 45 teachers and 15 pedagogues/preschool teachers. The school is continiously evaluated on students academic qualifications, individually and socially wellbeing according to nationally obtained data. In terms of our schools special expertise, it is expected that we can include 95% of all students, no matter what challenges they might have. Presently 100% of our students continue to youth education after 9th grade. We pride ourselves of having a good balance between academics, the arts, sports and social activities. We feel however, that we lack international involment, which is why we apply for this project. It will also benifit our school with more focus on environmental issues as described in the project.
Full legal name: Colegio primaria San Juan Bosco
Address: Avenida María Auxiliadora, 18
LOCATION: The school is situated in Puertollano, an industrial city. Puertollano is located in the south of Castilla la Mancha. It belongs to Ciudad Real. It has got 53000 inhabitants. It was formerly a coal mining town but today only one open-cast mine remains. Nowadays the main industries are petrochemicals (REPSOL), fertilisers (Fertiberia), power generation and, most recently, the manufacture of solar panels. The city has received national and EU aid to diversify its economy after the decline of the coal industry. As an industrial city, most people work in Repsol – one of the most important factories in Spain. It counts with public transport and it is very well communicated with Madrid, the capital of Spain, and other important cities, such as Sevilla and Barcelona thanks to the high speed train (AVE).
The name of Puertollano is a concatenation of “puerto” (pass) and “llano” (flat). It is often said that “Puertollano is the town of two lies”, because of the polysemy of the Spanish word “puerto”, which means both “pass” and “port”. People often say that “Puertollano doesn’t have a port neither it is flat”. It is partly built on the slopes of surrounding mountains.
The school is located in the east part of the city. The neighbourhood in which is placed is divided in two parts being the school in the middle. People have got less economical facilities in the up part rather than in the low part of the neighbourhood.
SAN JUAN BOSCO SCHOOL: It is a religious school. The schools counts with nursery school, primary school, secondary school, high school and vocational training. The school has got 1100 students.
Full legal name: Szent Imre Katolikus Általános Iskola és Jó Pásztor Óvoda
Address: Deák Ferenc út 45
The Szent Imre Catholic Primary School and Jó Pásztor Kindergarten is an amalgamated institution with an associated kindergarten located in Eger in Heves-county. Eger is a county town with 50,000 inhabitants living there. There is beautiful scenery outside Eger, so tourism is a big industry here. We have 345 primary aged pupils on roll between 7 and 15 years of age with 30 teaching staff. There are 64 children in the kindergarten at the age of 3-7 with 6 kindergarten teachers. Our pupil catchment is principally from Eger and the surrounding villages. There is a very positive ethos in our school and there is good cooperation among all the partners in education. Parents’ role in their children’s education is both acknowledged and encouraged. The school has an active Parents’ Association which is dedicated to, and supportive of, the school. Parents are very involved in area such as environmental, sports, free-time and Comenius activities in the school. Our school is well equipped with ICT technology.
The numbers of candidates pupils has been largely increasing in our school, thanks to innovations, successful applications, committed and experienced teachers. Great stress is put on the climate of the school. Education always takes place within certain specific conditions of space and time, through the activities of a group of individuals who are active and also interactive among themselves. They follow a program of studies which is logically ordered and freely accepted. Therefore, the elements to be considered in developing an organic vision of a school climate are: persons, space, time, relationships, teaching, study, and various other activities.
The religious dimension of the school climate is expressed through the celebration of Christian values, in individual behaviour, in friendly and harmonious interpersonal relationships, and in a ready availability. Through this daily witness, the students will come to appreciate the uniqueness of the environment to which their youth has been entrusted.
The European dimension of education has been included in our teaming and curriculum content. In principle, all areas of our school curriculum make a contribution to the European dimension in teaching and learning as a part of education for international understanding. Our education increase awareness of the growing unity between European peoples and countries and of the establishment of their relations on a new basis. It also helps make the younger generation conscious of their common European identity without losing sight of their global responsibilities or their national, regional and local roots. Our students have great chances and opportunities to take an active part in shaping Europe’s future with the help of international projects. In our school, the European dimension is grasped as far as possible through pupils’ direct experience. There are compulsory and optional subjects offered which provide opportunities for specialist or multidisciplinary work. We have participated in 4 Comenius projects so far and found them a very rewarding experience. They have motivated both pupils, parents and staff.
Full legal name: Başaklı Ortaokulu
Başaklı Secondary School is located in Başaklı village ,which is a bank of Dicle River, in the town of Çınar in Diyarbakır province .The region of our school is in the south east of Turkey ,which is the most disadvantaged part of Turkey.Rate of education is too low and unemployment is too high.Some parents are farmers but some parents and students living in the village must go to south coast of Turkey to work as a seasonal worker in summer.The school has approximately 300 pupils from 10-13 years old and 15 teachers .Our students’ academic success is too low as the conditions are very limited especially for female pupils.School management and teachers care about their education rights and held meetings with their parents regularly.
With this projecı, children in the district and our students will have the opportunity to learn about different cultures, geography, history and customs of the different countries in Europe. This will help them to set a bridge among cultures, lifestyles, traditions. Besides, this project will provide to protect environment and help increase those who are weak in science, to interest in science and scientific issues, to gain creativity skill using disciplinary, to adopt ecological values and to gain ecological life habit. Students will make friends from other parts of Europe that will cause the exchange of cultures, language and with this exchange the prejudices (if they exist) will be broken and a new common language among cultures will be created. Certain places of Europe will be introduced not only to our school but also the local people with the cultural, geographical, historical backgrounds which will contribute to create a common vision of feeling a European and live like a European.
Most of the pupils have little opportunity to apply learned languages in their everyday lives as travel is limited. This project could help them realize that there are innovational ways they could be applying the language and expressing themselves even when they stay in their own countries. During the participation they should be able to raise the level of fluency in foreign languages. We are also sure that this project will enable students to develop good communication skills by interacting creatively with partners across Europe and we hope to involve a number of class representatives in mobilities along with staff. We are delighted at the opportunity to work on the theme of European values in partnership with schools in Erasmus contexts.
Full legal name: Istituto Comprensivo Statale Ignazio Buttitta
Address: Via Flavio Gioia, 4
Istituto Comprensivo Statale “Ignazio Buttitta” is situated in an economically disadvantaged suburb of Bagheria, a town near Palermo, Sicily.
The 4% over 700 pupils on roll, aged 4-15, are not motivated and do not attend school regularly as a consequence their results are not satisfying and are at risk of social exclusion. They live in a poor economic, cultural and social environment where the access to culture is significantly limited or absent. Their parents are mostly uneducated and unemployed, some are part time/seasonal workers and do not care much about their children’s education. They often rely their children education on school who, having no positive models to inspire them, often come to episodes of deviance. As a result some students abandon school earlier.
Students with physical disabilities and learning difficulties are included in the classrooms and have their own support teachers.
The school has started a process of integration of non-EU immigrants for years and this has led to the realization of initiatives of welcome, social and educational, cultural exchange and socialization among people of different nationalities.
This project will motivate students to attend school more regularly, to become more open and tolerant to different cultures and cultural subgroups which they usual consider inferior to them because of the colour of their skin or their religion. Also meeting peers from different parts of Europe will help them overcome wrong stereotypes and racism.