|Sumár projektu:||At a Seminar Contact 3 teachers coincided each of them from very different schools but with a single need: for all our pupils, especially the disadvantaged ones, to become European citizens on equal terms. This was the seed of Embrace Diversity.
We are five partners from very different backgrounds: 2 from rural areas, 2 from small cities and 1 from a very large city, all of which goes to make this project innovative. The project is directed mainly at pupils in primary education and the diversity comes from the fact that there are pupils from 30 different nationalities and from families of very different social-economic status as well as some minority groups, principally gypsies.
The priorities of the project are directly related to the objectives set:
-To foster the inclusion of students from poor backgrounds and with learning difficulties as equal citizens. To encourage them to become aware of other realities and to consider a future life abroad as a possibility.
-To raise awareness of the fact that contact with other cultures, religions and beliefs enriches and makes us more tolerant and understanding of others.
-To promote collaborative teaching-learning.
-To increase digital competence which is absolutely essential in today’s world.
-To promote the development of critical thinking by the experimental approach.
-To foster the love of foreign languages, to aid communication at work, socially or for fun.
Activities will be organized to promote the project: leaflets, a logo competition, an informative video, a showcase in the schools to show how the project is developing and dissemination through a range of websites. Other activities will focus on reaching the proposed objectives. 5 blocks of work have been chosen: our school and its surroundings, gastronomy, music, art and science; all of which will help us attain our main objective, that of social inclusion. The final product for each of these topics will be made during each of the visits to the five countries, which in itself will help us learn about the culture of the other countries and will offer us a broader vision of Europe. A 3rd group of activities will be aimed at assessment, both of the project itself and its impact and sustainability. These include the initial and final questionnaires, interviews, quantification of the visits and interaction with the project websites.
The methodology is primarily collaborative: peer-teaching, mixed-ability group work and, whenever possible, the use of the experimental method to generate critical thinking. Most of the activities will be carried out using ICTs as the main tool, which will foment digital competence. Lastly, the final products will be published both in English and in the participants’ so as to increase the love of languages and language competence.
The tangible results will be: etwinning website, project logo, presentation of the participants, a Video Blog describing visits, DVD presentations of each school, book of experiments, DVD songs and dances, exhibition of artworks and cookery book from all the countries and a school calendar for 19/20.
The strategic results will be: management and organization of human resources and materials, achievement of a tolerant attitude, cooperation and communication based on ICT tools, dissemination of the extent of the project and its tangible results amongst the whole community, development of critical thinking through science experiments, improvement of oral and written communication skills and awareness amongst the pupils of the possibility of moving within Europe as a single space. The main impact of the project is the inclusion of disadvantaged pupils, as the project will allow them to work alongside the rest, so helping them to feel integrated members not only of the school but also of the society and Europe. Besides, the mutual knowledge that comes with the project will make us all more tolerant towards the cultural diversity within Europe. Embrace Diversity will contribute to a marked increase in digital and communicative competence and collaborative work in a European setting. All of the above will enhance the sustainability of the project in so far as it serves to motivate pupils and teachers to participate in other aspects of the Erasmus + programme. All the products will be available on the different digital platforms, so they can be transferred to other educational areas. All the students will be able to access and learn from them. Moreover, the teachers will upload the methodological sheets onto the educational websites so the number of people who will benefit from the results of this project will multiply. Attending seminars, conferences or workshops within the schools will support its sustainability. Teachers will present the results, distribute leaflets and the materials. We will keep the project website up to date and the project team motivated even after its end. This is an effective way of the exploitation of the outcomes in this ITC era.|