Invent an Ideal School through a European Experience
The aim of the project was to modernize the school
systems of the participating schools through letting the students experience different European school
systems and mutually share their experience in order to implement good
practices gained through participating in the project at their home schools.
The emphasis was put on developing key competence which we think is a
pre-requisite for further learning as a part of lifelong learning and a basis
for the success in students' professional as well as personal life.
The students created a model of an ideal school. The concept of an ideal school meets the needs of modern European students,
hoping to be an inspiration for the authorities in the field of education.
Free labour market in the EU enables EU citizens to work and
reside in the country they choose. Therefore along with communication in
foreign languages, other key competences need to be developed to help people
adapt to constant changes of the modern world. It is important to communicate in the languages
commonly used in the EU (English), as well as to adapt to different
cultural phenomena and develop social skills. The project focused on
students aged 13-15, the age group that will soon be making a decision about
their further education affecting their professional life. We wanted the students
to improve their basic skills through European experience in order to help them
succeed in their professional life in the future.
The project therefore also focused on developing students' key competences as communication in a foreign language (English, French and German), as well as their mother tongue, digital competence (when creating a project website, making videos, photobooks, presentations), social and civic competence, sense of innitiative and cultural awareness. We want the students to learn from others (including people from other countries) - in terms of cooperation and teamwork, taking responsibility for own decisions, learning how to solve problems and develop critical thinking.
EUROPEAN COOPERATION FOR A BETTER SCHOOL
We wanted the students to find efficient ways how to modernize their schools, learn from each other with the focus on personal experience. We wanted our students to get a chance of taking part in learning activities (during short-term exchanges) to be active participants in different European school systems, to explore innovations they could implement at their schools in order to modernize them.
The outcomes of the project can also be used in other schools in the countries of the participants or anywhere in the world.