The concept of this project is that the European countries involved in it have diverse cultures, traditions, and languages but we all are living under the same sky. We intend to find similarities and differences in all countries' cultural background and to point out important human values such as pride, respect towards other countries' cultures, tolerance and to implement diversity among students and local communities belonging to different countries. The start point of this project is the development of a set of activities such as making power point presentations with specific themes, design and present local costumes, compare different European festivals, make photos and movies, presenting and creating crafts, compare local recipes, taking trips to historical places, introducing this way the national culture and traditions into the European one.
We intend to use English as communication language during this project and the final product will consist of a multimedia DVD where all the activities will be presented and also a printed book named "Under the same sky" where all cultural differences and specificities of each European country will be presented together with students and teachers points of views. Through this project we intend to indicate a new avenue to harmonious and peaceful cultural coexistence, realizing a transfer of knowledge between students and teachers. This way we will initiate a process of analysis and examination of different cultures and traditions within the rights framework as a means of drawing attention to the issue of
cultural preservation and ethnic diversity. We expect students to improve their social abilities by working in teams in this project and also improve their English language fluency.
SO LET'S ALL MEET UNDER THE SAME SKY!
Peoples’ culture, customs,and traditions is an issue that deserves greater attention and further work. In today’s world of globalization and rapid communication between countries and continents, the need for knowledge and understanding of other cultures is even more critical. This is even more relevant when viewed within the context of recent developments in the educational system of many countries demonstrating the diversity and range of culture, customs. This project represents an initiative to explore different cultures and traditions and it is necessary that all the subjects of this project to be researched, analyzed, and recorded by students and teachers. This way they will have access to culture and education and they will enlarge their horizon of knowledge. This should not be carried out in isolated activities or through an ad hoc approach, but systematically, during a period of two years, as part of an ongoing process for greater recognition and respect among different cultures. There is at present a momentum for democracy and participation and for peoples’ rights to be taken into greater account in national policy processes and in the internationalization of trade. This is a greater dimension of the project anchored in the future.
The aim of the project is to place cultures and traditions firmly on the developmental agenda, from an educational perspective. By knowing and exploring famous songs, traditional costumes, students will respect more their historical past transmitted from generation to generation and develop their national pride feeling. The orientation will be to highlight the positive contribution European people have made, and continue to make, to law and democracy within the context of cultural preservation and customary educational system.
By implying in this project, all the students will get to know better their traditions, their cultural background and promote it. Also, they will create relationships useful for them on the future and they will be more determined to apply on the future at such multilateral European projects, developing their English language fluency during this period of two years. On the other hand, teachers will improve their pedagogical methods and will get to know other European educational systems. Also, they will establish useful contacts, creating direct paths to culture not only for their students but also for the local community. Using English as a communicational language, they will develop their language abilities.
The project will include a comparative study on customs,culture, and traditions with the following components: (1) a general introduction and descriptive web site made by the coordinator of the project providing background information to the issue and an overview that highlights common issues and convergences as well as different approaches; (2) selected activities focusing on the development and dynamics of culture, customs, and traditions, and on identifying key elements; (3) a participatory team to create the reports and the findings and recommendations; and (4) videos and photos documenting specific issues which are an integral part of the project. The aim of the video component is to ensure that the issue reaches a wider audience, including the E.U. countries and the developing world. This will considerably enhance its impact in terms of raising awareness about culture, customs, and traditional rights in the globalized world. The project will be both analytical and practical, including both the research and historical perspective as well as the present situation, with clear guidelines outlining how this project will all its elements can be better understood and recognized.
This project also aims to make better use of information technology, taking advantage of the educational potential of interactive multimedia and hypermedia contents, thus allowing a virtual community which provides information and deepens the history and traditions of the European countries involved around the world. In this context, this project includes two main objectives: the creation of interactive multimedia content to divulge the history of Europeans and their traditions to children from 6 to 16 years in the implied schools and the creation of a website to collect and share information, experiences and realities relevant to the development and validation of the project. In fact, this project allows to promote the use of new technologies as a support for motivator and efficient teaching and learning as it is possible to collect and disseminate people traditions, to promote sharing of experiences between generations and between spaces on the identity spirit, to use the Internet as a preferred means for establishing learning communities, information sharing and collaborative work, to fill the serious gaps in the universe of educational material for any age group and to provide greater fluency in English languages.
Thus, it is essential to develop projects that take advantage of the potential of new technologies enabling a new fascination in school. Schools must open their walls and allow students and teachers to talk and search at their own time with other students and teachers in the same city, same country or the world, creating opportunities for new types of collaboration, sharing resources, information and experiences to support the development and implementation of successful practices. It is essential to break the geographical discontinuity between schools and, especially, encourage, implement and evaluate the interaction of school, family and the community. Indeed, to the educational process in the information society, it is important collaborative work and partnerships that facilitate students learning, in particular, from the knowledge society in which they live and the natural and historic heritage of the region. It is necessary to establish deep integration between the society and school, between learning and life: the classroom will be a continuous time-space of learning.
The project will include the following components: (1) importance of culture, its role, and impact upon students, teachers and local community; (2) traditions – how they are practiced; (3) role of traditional institutions; (4) law and practice;(5) craft and arts; (6) traditional songs and dances; (7) impact of project's development; (8) strategies of implementing; (9) shared experience; and (11) future trends. In addition to these specific components, the project will also include
background information on history, culture, traditions, society, and other essential elements. On the initial phase of the project, the participant school will introduce themselves, their schools and there will be pointed out general guidelines of their culture. This way it will provide them with an opportunity to discuss and elaborate on the subject prior to commencing their research and implementing. It will also help each partner identify how best to approach their specific substantive issue, and also highlight areas of possible overlap and duplication and how and if this can be avoided. This phase will also facilitate cooperation and networking among the partners of the project, establishing meeting with the students implied and explaining them the aim of the project and how important is the access to culture and how can this better define their origins and personalities.
The second phase (the implementation one) will consist of exhibitions, trips, local activities with students and this way the project's subject (culture, traditions and customs) will be researched, analyzed, and prepared. The reports will be submitted to the coordinator, posted on the website and finalized during this period of time. The final phase includes the editing of a Multimedia material with all the activities made and printing the book named "Under the same sky" which will be distributed to all partners and then spread all over Europe as a cultural visit card. During this period of two years there will be made meetings and discussions with students, parents, local community and authorities, presenting the progress of the project, engaging them in dialogue and discussion to make better and more widely known the issue, as well as the inherent legal and public connotations. In this way, the project will serve as a catalyst for further discussion and action on the subject of culture, customs, and traditions – a key issue in educational rights.
The central element in this process will the development of linkages between and among different European schools in seeking to protect and promote their rights at the global level, which is important in today’s world of globalization and preservation of cultural elements. The project will also aim to include the following elements: legal (to highlight the different issues inherent within the conceptual education background), educational, collaborative and TIC elements.
PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGY
The following are the objectives of the project:
- to document the relationship between customs, cultures and traditions in a legal educational framework;
- to provide a comparative analysis of customs, cultures, traditions, and identity, including both individual and collective aspects;
- to identify key elements for effective protection of customary practices in the involved schools, including within the context of international model of good practices;
- to provide a practical tool for action-oriented research and to stimulate further interest and action in the field of
customs, culture, traditions, and law;
- to educate students and determine them to appreciate the cultural values of European countries;
- to create modalities by which the involved countries share their cultural background and explore their history;
- to establish useful contacts between European schools and develop students' and teachers' English language fluency;
- to accept the cultural differences and discover elements of enriching the participants' own patrimony;
- to make visible the results on the internet and develop participants' technical abilities;
- to develop interpersonal and intercultural exchanges and create a model of good practices;
- to raise students' interest in exploring other European cultures and traditions and develop an awareness and deeper understanding of cultural study's impact upon students' personalities;
- to discover elements of national folklore (old songs, dances, costumes, stories) and preserve them.
Subjects we address to:
- cultural heritage and patrimony and the promotion of national identity;
- traditional songs, dances, festivals;
- specific stories and customs and also famous personalities influencing the cultural patrimony;
- traditional crafts and arts;
- pedagogical methods stimulating students' interest for national and European culture and values;
- theatre, dances and historical places as elements of national cultural heritage.
- debates and workshops in each country implied in the project having as theme national culture and traditions;
- presentations of traditional songs, dances, costumes and famous cultural personalities defining each country's historical background;
- power point presentations with traditional costumes, personalities, dances and exhibitions about specific national symbols ;
- studies, compositions and drawings made by students about national culture and also songs' and dances' demonstrations.
EUROPEAN ADDED VALUE
- We intend the teachers and pupils involved in the project to improve their language skills and be more interested in learning other European languages and also create ways of intercultural dialogue. The project will familiarise students, teachers and local communities with similarities and differences in cultural archetypes through the objectives proposed. Through the activities developed during the project and the dissemination made on the web site created, we wish to arise other students' and pupils' interest from European schools for cultural values and direct access to culture;
- This project corresponds to a strategic point mentioned in Europeans' managerial plan of schools and will determine teachers apply for the Long life Learning Programme and will help us adapt models of useful practices;
- This partnership will offer the occasion of establishing permanent and constant contacts between participant schools, proper to future collaborations seen in students and teachers's exchanges, realizing this way a better European model of good practices;
- The project will break cultural barriers and will eliminate linguistic problems and it will be installed a mutual European comprehension, determining the European collaboration process be more efficient;
- Through this project students will have the possibility to build friendships with students belonging to other European schools, relationships which could be concretized in European projects at a greater level;
- The gained experience will help us on the future initiate other Comenius projects in which there will be implied schools from other countries, this way the European collaboration being more efficient;
- This project will help schools that do not have yet an European status, gain it and make their activities more visible in their communities;
- The project will develop parental and local community knowledge and understanding of other European cultures through regular news reports linked to activities and visits realized;
- Through this project students will be more determined to come to school and choose from a wide European set of perspectives for the future, having the chance to finish their studies in other European countries;
We intend to continue developing European awareness of intercultural exchange of thoughts and ideas between pupils and teachers, also. Through this modality we will encourage tolerance, acceptance and a set of appreciated European values.
Through this project, students:
- will make a clear image about the cultural diversity, will develop strong nationalist feelings, such as pride, love for their country and will enrich their horizon of knowledge through intercultural dialogues with their partners;
- will develop their social and communicative abilities and also their English language fluency;
- will build useful contacts with European partners and will be implied in team works, using different modalities of research and planning their local activities (on the internet, on their trips, in the libraries, museums);
- will be more motivated to learn other languages and will strengthen their feeling of European citizenship;
- will strengthen their relationships with their teacher as they will work together in order to realize the final product;
- will get to know specific elements of other European countries: traditional dances, songs, stories, museums, popular costumes and recipes and the historical personalities who have influenced the national and European culture.
On the other side, teachers:
- will establish useful contacts with other European schools, helping them to create and develop a model of useful practices and a direct access to culture to the local community and, by means of TIC, to other European countries;
- will develop their social abilities, getting to interact with the other partners and working together with the students and also their will improve their English language fluency;
- will become more responsible and conscious of the fact that richness of European culture and traditions has a huge impact on the developments of students' personalities and will discover new pedagogical approaches;
- will enlarge their horizon of knowledge by sharing ideas and experience with their European partners;
- will be more motivated to work effectively on future European projects and will get a strong feeling of European citizenship, through this intercultural collaboration;
- will gain the experience of conceiving and realizing an European project by means of modern technologies.
On the participating institutions, this project:
- will raise their image within the local and European community;
- will determine the institutions implied become a place where the European culture is preserved and promoted;
- will help enlarge the institutional managerial plans and determine more teachers and students involve in European projects;
- will create permanent contact between institutions.