Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Rationale

The protection of the natural and cultural environment is an issue which concerns all states and individuals. It requires cooperative and collaborative activities which involve all European countries. To this cause can contribute equally small and big, rich and poor countries, young and old people. We, as European citizens and teachers believe that school can play a crucial role in the implementation of the idea of cooperation and collaboration in European level on the terms of equal rights and obligations. That is why we have decided to form a partnership involving partners from many European countries, from old and new member-states of the EU as well as from candidates’ countries. We believe we can interact positively and create a successful partnership which will show the natural and cultural heritage of each country and bequeth it to the present generation. 

Through this program we want to encourage all our students (aged 11-15) and teachers to develop an environmentally friendly attitude. We want them to develop a deeper understanding of topics such interaction between environment and culture. To find the harmony that exists in nature, the harmony of human activities and natural environment, the richness of nature and sense of economy that prevails in it. 

They should realize that the natural, architectural and urban heritage as well as the cultural landscape are an indivisible unity, which needs common measures of protection and correct standards of sustainable development.

We want to make students realize the damage that human activities have caused on earth all over the world. To realize for instance that when a fire outbreaks somewhere in Europe, it is as if a tree in our own garden is burning. Moreover we want them to realize that is our duty as responsible European citizens to protect our natural and cultural environment and to develop a greener sustainable economy. Small practices like recycling and saving the energy at home and school are easy to be adopted by all of us.

We expect that the contact of our students with schoolmates from other countries will also raise their interest in learning about other European countries and cultures and in learning foreign languages and particularly English. The visits of pupils to the partners’ countries are always a unique chance for them to broaden their horizon and increase their respect for other people and cultures. We believe that such contacts promote also their interest to learn more about their own heritage in order to stand on equal terms beside their European peers. This way they understand better the motto of the European Union ‘’united in the diversity’’. At the same time they discover all the common that they share with their European schoolmates and their families and that promotes their sense of European identity.

In our schools there are students-often of immigrant or low socio-economical background- who are facing difficulties with the school curriculum. They often lose their interest and motivation in learning and taking part in school activities. We hope that this partnership raise their interest in learning by taking part in activities which don’t require high academic potentials, by giving them the opportunity to express themselves artistic, to develop their skills in new technologies, and thus to reduce early school leaving. 

The participation in the program will be a profit for the teachers as well. It will give them the opportunity to interact with their European colleagues, to support new forms of teaching and learning and to integrate the best of them into the curriculum of each school. It will allow the teachers to collaborate with their colleagues, with pupils' families and with the local community.

Teachers will also share good practices and experience to new colleagues in their own schools and to other teachers in their regions, countries and all over Europe.

The activities will bring the school community closer to local authorities, universities, environmental organizations; it will strengthen ties with them and will show the need for greater participation in society.  

Finally we hope that during the partnership students and teachers from partner schools will establish solid friendships; that will enable us to find ways to keep our communication long after the program is finished. 

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