E4U Project – Overview
History of Project in RCS:
The EUth Project (in it’s current form, E4U project) is well established in the school for over 10 years.
- Belgium – Ursulinen, Mechelen
- Germany – Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Duisburg
- Italy – Licei Rambaldi-Valerini Alessandro da Imola
- Norway – Lena High School, Lena
- The Czech Republic – Gymnázium Karla Čapka, Dobříš
- The Netherlands – Strabrecht College, Geldrop
- Turkey – Fatma Emin Kutvar Anadolu Lisesi, Balikesir
Overview of Project:
- E4U (Europe For You) is a European School-partnership formed by eight secondary schools.
- The pupils in the project come from a wide range of secondary schools and follow different curricula, which benefits the diversity of the group.
- The partnership comprises about 20 teachers and between 150 and 200 students (each year).
- The partnership focuses on entrepreneurship involving cultural and social aspects as well as language and habits in the participating countries.
- Everyone will investigate their own cultural heritage, lifestyle and habits. The results will be presented in international assignments. All students will also report on their national and religious holidays focusing on the traditional aspects, and on topics such as family life, school life, food, famous people and ‘my region’. Furthermore, they will look into language similarities and will introduce each other to some basic common phrases of each of the national languages.
- One of the most exciting aspects of the project is the conferences, which are held bi-annually in one of the eight partner schools. Students experience a number of creative activities in mixed international groups in the host country. Both teachers and pupils are introduced to the interesting landmarks of the hosting country, to enrich their cultural appreciation. Students stay with host families to experience fully the culture and traditions of the host country.
Aim of project:
- The project’s intention is to study our cultural heritage and social interaction in Europe, both regionally and nationally as well as from a European perspective.
What is involved in the project?
- Assignments and project work are integral aspects of the project. Students are expected to work on these assignments both in school and in their own time. Students upload their work onto E-twinning. Also in class, the pupils read the assignments of their international peers on the E-Twinning site, and process them creatively.
- Twice a year, coordinating teachers and selected pupils come together in one of the project countries at a conference. Here, we do a number of activities related to the project. In the evenings, the pupils stay at a host family so they can truly experience local, social and family life. Both teachers and pupils are introduced to the interesting landmarks of the hosting country, to enrich their cultural appreciation. The participants of every country bring their national specialities which are served during the international dinner. In special meetings, the teachers discuss, evaluate and adjust the project.
By the end of the project:
- The pupils will gain knowledge in the areas of school life, family life, traditions, social habits and customs, food, famous people and each local area, introducing their own country to their peers. We will also facilitate the pupils learning about their cultural heritage and having them find out about their local, national and European habits and traditions.
- The project’s intention is to study our cultural heritage and social interaction in Europe, both regionally and nationally as well as from a European perspective. Pupils will realize that many habits have similarities in other cultures.
- Through literature, music, arts, crafts, food and languages the students will broaden their perception towards other cultures. When we compare the culture and our heritage in Eastern/Western, Northern/Southern Europe we should find some differences but also important similarities. The knowledge of European roots can be an important way to fight stereotypes, prejudice and racism. When young people gain more insight into their own habits and find out that stories, songs, music, art, crafts, food and languages are related country to country, it may be easier to accept and understand each other. The project will make the students more aware of their own culture, traditions and habits as well as that of the other European project partners. By getting to know each other’s lifestyle and working together on that topic, students and teachers will have a broader understanding of European cultures.
- Through this project, students and teachers will have the chance to make new friends throughout Europe, while improving their language and social skills at the same time.
- Both students and teachers will get more experience with ICT in schoolwork.
- The project includes topics from different subjects, and will therefore be a good experience for teachers and students in cross-curricular schoolwork.
- October 2015 – Germany
- March / April 2016 – Italy
- Oct / Nov 2016 – Norway
- March / April 2017 – Belgium