Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Information About Project Partners

Project Partner 1: Greece.

Contact: mail5gym@yahoo.gr

Our school is a public school in Larisa. Larisa is a major agricultural and commercial centre in Greece and a national transportation hub. According to archaeological evidence the city and its area has been inhabited since the 10th millennium B.C. Its medieval castle and the ancient theatre next to it are unique sights.

However, our area faces serious environmental problems. The excessive urban sprawl, the over-exploitation of the fields and water resources, the degradation of quality and the salinization of groundwater cause irreversible environmental destruction to our region.

Our school has got 350 students(aged 12-15) and 40 teachers. Students come from a diverse social background- predominantly middle-class status, upper and lower social classes as well. Their cultural background is also very interesting as many of them are children of mixed marriages with citizens of European Union and a percentage of students are children of second generation immigrants, mostly Albanians.

The school takes part in many innovative programs every year on a national level. School also organizes learning excursions and field trips, visits to museums and other educating places. We believe that in this way students come closer to their teachers, increase their interest in learning and reduce early school leaving. The teachers are always in dialogue with their students and encourage them to express their opinions freely. The school gives special attention to students with learning needs, low socioeconomic backgrounds and immigrants.

The nature of this Comenius project fits the profile of our school perfectly. It will benefit our students greatly bridging its European and humanitarian dimension and will encourage our community to support the future directions of the school. Through this program we hope to promote the need for protection of large goods of our continent. Students expect to see the value and need for cooperation among European people at all levels to achieve common objectives.

Our country is experiencing an unprecedented crisis that affects all walks of life and leads many people to pessimism. Through this program we wish to demonstrate to students and their families that the only positive answer to the problems is the knowledge and collective action  and enhance them to give optimistic responses to the resignation that surrounds us.

Project Partner 2: Latvia.

Contact: vidusskola@ligatne.lv

Līgatne Secondary school is general education secondary school in a rural area, located in Gauja National park teritory, between 2 rivers- the longest Latvian river  Gauja and the fastest Latvian river  Līgatne. There is the oldest paper mill factory in all Baltic states in Līgatne. One of the most important theme in school and after school activities is nature and environment. School students and teachers are opened to new projects and partnerships, Ligatne Secondary school has hosted Italian and Polish students, but Latvian students have studied in Italy and Poland in Comenius Individual Pupil Mobility project.

Social environment in Līgatne is threatened by a high unemployment rate. This is a reason why parents are looking for better work and living conditions abroad. Municipality and school is trying to help students with free school lunches and other financial support.

Taking part in this project will give possibility to establish an international dialogue between partner schools, raise students' awereness and celebrate our cultural diversity

Project Partner 3: Germany.

Contact: Oberschule-Hohenkirchen@ewe.net

The Oberschule Hohenkirchen is a public general secondary school located in the Wangerland, Lower Saxony approximately 10 km south of the coastline. The first school building was erected in 1858. Close to the school are the local primary school and the local kindergarten.

The Oberschule Hohenkirchen has about 330 pupils who are instructed in grade 5 to 10. This school is a merging of a former Hauptschule (a school with lower demands) and a Realschule (a school with middle demands) founded in 2011. Therefore the new formed classes in grade 5 and 6 are very heterogeneous in their school performance. In these classes children from special school for disabled persons are coeducated with pupils who are advised to go to the Gymnasium (highest possible education). At this school children with special needs are educated together with unobtrusive children.

Apart from few children with a migration background there are many children from homes with economical problems. These problems are a result of location in the outermost region of the Federal Republic of Germany right at the coast of the North Sea with low infrastructure. The village of Hohenkirchen lies in a geographically disadvantaged region in Germany.

In this project the Oberschule Hohenkirchen wants to introduce the national park Wattenmeer to the other schools and highlight the conflicts between ecological an economical requirements.

Project Partner 4: Turkey.

Contact: guzelkiyi@gmail.com

"Güzelkıyı Ortaokulu is a public secondary school located in Karamursel, by the Gulf of Izmit, in the province of Kocaeli. Kocaeli, is located on the intersection of crucial road and rail routes between Asia and Europe. Through its long history hosted a wide array of cultures, traces of which are still visible in the area.

Today is remarked to be one of the most important industrial settlements of Marmara Region. Due to heavy industrialization of the marmara region, the marmara sea became polluted and this effected the sea life and the income of the local people who earn their living by fishing. Old people say that there used to be much more fish in the marmara sea in the past.

Our school has approximately 240 students (aged 11-14) and 20 teachers. Most of the parents earn their living by fishing and most of our students are local people; however, ten per cent of all are the children of those parents who moved to Kocaeli from the Eastern and the Southeastern Anatolia Regions of Turkey. Families here have an average income in general. The relationship between students and teachers are not too formal. Students are allowed to come to the teachers' room during the breaks and ask questions if they have any or ask for advice from their teachers.

Our students have not many chances to visit other parts of our country and gain experience. They stay in where they live for most of the time. However they are eager to take part in activities and come in contact with other people and cultures. That’s why we think that this project will help them to become more aware about problems which affect directly their lives and broaden their horizons with the involvement in activities and the communication with their schoolmates in Europe.

Project Partner 5: Romania.

Contact: scoala_cimpani@yahoo.com

Scoala Gimnaziala "Georgiu Popa" is a state secondary school located in Cimpani village and was built in 1949 with the help of the villagers.

We can also find here the primary school and the kindergarten.

The secondary school currently has 54 pupils divided in 4 grades: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th.

The school benefits from good facilities with the school's buildings either newly built or refurbished in 2010.

It has 5 classrooms, an IT laboratory, a gymnasium and a playing field for Physical Education, a library, a playground area, the teachers' lounge, the headmaster's office, the secretary's office and separate toilets for boys, girls and disabled children. Many students in our school are raised by their grandparents because the parents are gone abroad to earn their living, the lack of jobs in our area being a problem. Of course, grandparents are an invaluable source of support and help but they have housework to do, animals to grow and other obligations. Anyway, they cannot replace the parents who are away. 

Also, we have pupils with separated or disinterested parents who neglect their children education. 

The school is located in an area affected by intense pollution because of the uranium exploration over the years. Radiation exposure is a particular issue with uranium mining, the terrestrial and water ecosystems, the crops are affected by the destroying force of this metal.

Learning, understanding and acting against the problems around us, we can reduce the risk we are exposed to.

Project Partner 6: Spain.

Contact: 41701161.edu@juntadeandalucia.es

Twenty three years ago IES Heliche was founded with a staff of thirty teachers and no more than 400 students registered. Its name was inspired on the ancient roman villa Heliche.

Nowadays IES Heliche has 1000 students between the ages of 12 and 18, 700 of them in the compulsory secondary education stage, 210 in upper secondary and 90 in vocational training. Regarding vocational training we offer two specialties: computing and gardening. The staff of the school consists of 80 teachers, 2 office workers, 3 porters and 5 cleaners.

Our school is located in a town with 9000 inhabitants near Seville, at a distance of 19 km. The name of the town, Olivares, has to do with the main crop in the region, the olive tree. Due to its public character, we receive students from all the social backgrounds since IES Heliche is the only secondary school in the town.

Since we offer the specialties of computing and gardening we have been able to computerize the whole management of the school and have beautiful gardens in front of the building and some remarkable vertical inner gardens program being developed at the moment.

Project Partner 7: France.

Contact: Ce.0382110M@ac-grenoble.fr

Our secondary school is a public school situated in Pont de Cheruy, 40 km from Lyons. 

It has got about 5,000 inhabitants. 

Our region is post-industrial: many factories have closed and most people have to go to Lyons to work. This town possesses a castle surrounded by a park and there are many green areas  in all the region. Unfortunately, as for many commuter towns, Pont de Cheruy suffers from the lack of attention from authorities due to its geographical situation and the environment have had to face serious damages for many centuries: the implantation and growth of the international airport, the industrialization and deindustrialization without any plan to rehabilitate the place, the growing need of the population in water and facilities. 

Pont de Cheruy is near Lyons, an environmentally-friendly town. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In modern times has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France.

Our school : 
Pupils come from various social background- they are mainly from lower social classes even if there are also middle and upper class people. 

As far as the cultural background is concerned, many pupils come from foreign families: historically, Pont de Cheruy has always been  a place welcoming immigrants from North Africa and Eastern countries such as Turkey and Albania. This melting pot explains the reasons why our pupils are so willing to discover other people and other cultures.

Our school has got 560 boys and girls from many nationalities who are all in between 11 and 15 years old. There are about 60 teachers.

Our pupils learn English and some of them also have the possibility of belonging to the European Section which consists of an additional 2 hours of English during which teachers emphasize on different aspects of Anglo Saxon ways of life and the culture shared in the whole Europe.

Our school has always been interested in international relationshipsand and the township of Pont de Cheruy is also willing to welcome foreign partners.

This Comenius project will be a great opportunity for our pupils to talk about their expectations for their future and share their ideas of what should be an environmentally-friendly place. They will also have the possibility to meet their "European neighbours" since most of them don't have the possibility to travel. They could discover other cultures and different ways of thinking and they would become real Euro-citizens.

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