PROJECT | Main Goals
The objectives we would like to reach are closely connected with raising the students’ awareness of tightening the achievements of the EU and to alert students to the challenges we all are facing in Europe in the decades to come. We intend to work with students on everyday situations of the world around and how this affects our life in and with the EU and its future. To quote refugees as an example most of our partners respectively our students are to some extent confronted with this problem. Where do they come from, what is their motivation, which EU counties are affected most, how can we personally play a part…? Our ambition is to sensitize students to these problem areas and to act jointly to find solutions on a personal level in our immediate surroundings. The idea is to find out what we can do for these people but also how we personally can get on with the situation. And this applies accordingly to other areas. How will we be able to provide organic food in the EU, what about the supply with renewable energy, in what way can we all contribute to common welfare in the EU, take voluntary action and reduce overreaching national feeling. The results we would like to produce are manageable tutorials on these topics compiled by the project partners on their key aspects, adapted by the partners and their students and designed for other schools all over Europa to be implemented in lessons every day. In practice this means for instance in terms of organic food that the German school will cultivate a patch of ground into a vegetable garden, grow a small variety of vegetables and use them with students during home economics lessons. Students thus get to know the old established technique of agricultural engineering for a long time being the basic supply for many people especially in rural areas. Of course we are conscious of the fact that we can’t turn the European people into self-sustaining farmers but we can help to establish an increased awareness for this way of living. The tutorial will be supported by practical experience. There are a number of organic farmers around the German school that will offer to visit their farms and get an idea of their direct marketing of their products. Other partners will have a share in extending the tutorial and add other aspects. The Spanish school e.g. is closely linked to a vocational school training students to become winegrowers and for sure they will find ways to add organic products deriving from grapes. It is obvious that the project is contributing to raising awareness of the importance of Europe's cultural heritage through education - informal and non-formal learning - including actions to support skills development, social inclusion, critical thinking and youth engagement. In addition the students are working in specific age groups fostering their critical thinking, improving their language skills and advance their skills in key competences like digitalization and environmental consciousness.