Thanks to Erasmus+-grants of the European Union our four Primary schools in Orimattila (Finland), Reinbek (Germany), Kolo (Poland) and Stirling (Scotland) are enabled to start our common work in September 2015. After applying for these grants (which was plenty of work) we were very glad and proud to receive an affirmative answer in the summer holidays.
This financial support allows us to work together using modern media, and promotes mutual teacher visits to discuss the ongoing of our work as well as visits of pupils to the partner schools.
Corresponding to the scheme worked out for the Erasmus+-application our four Primary schools (pupils aged 6 – 12) will work together on a historic topic using the advantages of ICT enabling them to easy get in contact to each other and exchange the working results. All four schools had scheduled the use of ICT and to involve all pupils (immigrants, disabled persons) which typically have a high priority in school life of all partners.
Working with these young learners (aged 6-12) on the project’s topics, the teachers want to awake their curiosity towards their own and other cultures, the differences and similarities. The planned project activities will open our school communities to other cultures and widen the points of view. (The actual development concerning the moving of migrants and refugees shows that not only children want to know more details about foreign countries and cultures and the historic background.)
The project work will not only allow the pupils to develop their learning of English and their knowledge of the new technologies. After a look into the past (1940-60s) and family life at that time, the children will learn about the beginning of the EU. Comparing the results with family life of today our children will discover the possibilities concerning their present and future life - in Europe. The project activities will facilitate our pupils an early impression of learning and living in Europe and encourage them to become self-esteemed and responsible European citizens.
Likewise the project tasks will encourage the teachers to widen their knowledge about ICT skills and the development of Europe as well as enlarge their scope of educational methods while discussing and evaluating the school conditions and curricula in each partner country.
One of our project’s aim is to show that working together and holding similar values are the keys to a peaceful and democratic future in our common Europe. We wish to prevent preconceived and unfounded prejudice towards members of other cultures. So we take it for granted that it is necessary already for primary-children to acquire a respectful and open-minded contact with other people.
During the 2000s countries have gradually come closer to each other, but there is still the threat of opposition to multiculturalism. And we have to learn, especially in these days, that it takes many efforts to keep Europe together.
Through the project, pupils can create their vision of their own future. The development of the European Union has required the frequent exchanging of ideas between the members and the authorities.
Starting this Erasmus-project with four schools, the Scottish school unfortunately resigned in Spring 2016 from our project activities,