Our project Neither Place nor Time Sets us Apart is focused on searching for similarites between the countries we shared a part of our history with. We are going to look back at what the generation of our grandparents had in common but also whether these things are still preserved and we can still see the similarites in our every day life. Our topic will include the childhood of our grandmothers and grandfathers, their school life, family life and the traditions accompanying various periods in their lives.
We suppose that due to sharing various historical moments we will find a lot in spite of our different languages. Another important aim is to get the older generation involved in the project and remind their grandchildren of what interesting or unexpected they may get to know by only spending their time with their grandparents, listening to their memories.
There will be five participants, Epreskerti Általános Iskola (Hungary), Istituto comprensivo di Occhiobello (Italy), ZS Zamutov (Slovakia), Siguldas 1. pamatskola (Latvia) and Zakladni skola a Materska skola Kunstat, prispevkova organizace (Czech Republic). All the schools provide primary education, focus on using foreign languages and are interested in involving the pupils and their grandparents in an international project.
There will be four meetings where we will not only present what we will have found out about our partners and the older generation but we will also work together on particular tasks, which will bring interesting results we will present to our grandmothers, grandfathers and also to people from the Elderly people´s home in our town. These activities will involve a stamp which will consist of parts made by each school, carrol singing in several languages, rehearsing performances on folk traditions etc.
The results will be displayed in the school building in Erasmus+ corner, on the noticeboards, on our websites but also in the local newspaper. They will definitely have an impact on the participants and other pupils at school who will be shown the results. Motivation for further language learning, working on international projects and the feeling they want to get more about the topic are supposed to follow the project work. It will be a great experience for those pupils who will have the opportunity to travel abroad, which would be impossible for them without such a project because of the low social status and financial difficulties of their families. This may be an important moment in their lives which could motivate them for further studying in spite of the fact this is not a priority in their family.