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AIMS OF THE PROJECT

The main objective of this partnership is to investigate, understand and present the concepts and dynamics of diversity in its widest sense of the term - ethnic, gender and minority groups - and breaking stereotypes concerning these issues, as appropriate to the school and its country's needs.
With particular reference to ethnic diversity and standard stereotypes, to work out a plan of action relevant to the school, enabling it to maximise learning opportunities and tolerance and minimise its standard opinions of different nations.



Integration of different subjects:

Languages

 - presentation skills, persuasive reasoning, language skills,real-life and purposeful communication  etc.

Literature

 - works of different nations, literary translation etc. Showing prejudices through national literature: how our writers see the other countries.

History

- history of peoples, national history etc. (Knowlegde of participants countries through contemporary history). We'll be studying each participant country in a regional context. 
They will carry out some research and they will show their results to foreign students via Powerpoint presentations.

- Studying women's role in society throughout  XXth century art and photography.

- Studying migrants contribution to our societis in the XXth century.

Geography

 - knowledge of geographical facts and society of each country. Showing diversity within diversity (different regions, languages, cultures of each country)
- Breaking up geographical stereotypes. Each country will show different landscapes and places, far from typical imaginery (for example, Spain and Catalonia are much more than beaches, sun and paella).

- Studying maps and borders throughout XXth century. How our countries became what they are now.

- Travelling around the Comenius countries. Students in groups will organize an imaginary travel by train visiting the participant countries.

 

-  Knowing what’s up in the Comenius countries. Students will have to gather press articles related with the partner countries in order to follow the current affairs of different issues, such as politics, enviromental issues, society, curious facts... They’ll make posters were they will add frequently fresh news. The poster or “noticeboard” could be placed in the hall of school in order to share it with educational community.

 

-Showing our town (or city) our European friends. Students will prepare a visit to the more interesting places in the local town in order to be able to explain it in English to the visitor students.



Arts and Crafts

 - creative arts have a role of arts in changing attitudes etc. Homemaking, manual training - ethnic foods, dining customs in different countries, national craft etc.

- Showing national culture through contemporary local artists => Each art teacher will teach their students a contemporary local artist (or some of them). When students from other countries visit their partners, local students will show them what they have learnt. We will be introducing contemporary art to foreing students as a way of breaking stereotypes about what's commonly known about local art (for example, there is much more art in Spain than Picasso!). 

Music

 - folk song, folk dance etc. (Also nowadays music & dance; a way to break stereotypes is showing what's cool in our countries)

Civics

- local to global issues - good citizenship, tolerance, migration concern, fighting racism, etc.

Religion/Ethics

- traditions, customs, behavioral effects of religion, impact of religion etc.

Philosophy

 - understand the practices of different cultures, their heritage etc.

Gender and other minorites

 - what is the view of our students towards this issue? Have girls and boys, men and women the same opportunities in the participant countires?

New Technologies

 - computer skills improve, make website, use skype,use Web 2.0 tools etc.


- Studying how technology is taught to boys and girls? Do they enjoy the same level of learning?

Maths

 - Using of statistics and statistical graphic design. Students will carry out the survey to the local Comenius participants and they will create graphics. The results of the survey will be shown in public panels.

- Studying old and traditional units of measurament from participants countries as well as the instruments used to measure. Finding out what’s the relation to nowadays metric system.

It would be interesting to compare closer countries such as Portugal, Spain and Italy with further ones.

This activity would be shared by Social Sciences, Technology and Maths departments.

- Studying differents alphanumeric systems, such as ISBN, bar codes, credit cards, Vehicle registration plates. Understanding what’s the meaning of numbers anf groups of numbers. Comparing differences and similarities among countries from EU and abroad.


Economy

- Studying standars of living in each country (urban transport, journals, energy, wáter, mínimum wage...).

- Studying different currencies and conversión rates. Understanding the advantages of using a common currency. This activity may be developed by differents departments

Physical Education

- How do we play games in differents parts of Europe? Students will learn and share via Internet how the others play the same games and

they will create panels and models of games to practice them.

- Local sports. Students will be learning a local game, its rules and when foreign students visit each other they will teach them to play these sports
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