The project is called "BE A SHIELD AROUND THE WORLD! - Development of competences for environmental protection to fight against climate changes" because we, the six partner organizations, wish to teach our students and community a valuable lesson for life concerning the environmental protection. Our dear students will develop transverse competencesrelated to becoming environment friendly and social behavior, as these are matters of European level concern.
The need analyses of our schools revealed as common these issues that, furthermore, provided the context and background for our collaboration. To be more precise, we want to educate our young participants to become strong defenders of the Nature while acquiring or developing new/existing competences related to social behaviour, school performance and emotional intelligence. Consequently, we defined nine learning objectives for the most important people involved in the project - the students aged 12-16:
1. recognize the difference between climate and weather;
2. explain Earth’s natural greenhouse effect and recognize that the Earth’s climate is changing and understand that human activities are contributing towards this change;
3. identify natural and human created sources of greenhouse gases;
4. understand that the Earth’s systems keep its temperature balanced as long as those systems are also balanced;
5. explain why climate change is a global occurrence, not a local one;
6. get informed about renewable energy
7. get transverse competences related to environment friendly and social behavior
8. build intercultural competences
9. own and share genuine European values
The number of participants in the project is estimated at around 500, and if we refer strictly to students, they will, according to their will, represent all categories, mentioning refugees, socially disadvantaged, less intellectually endowed, those with problems of behavior, normal kids and super intelligent ones. The openness of choosing the participants will be a strict law which won't allow segregation. Furthermore, we will have 24 activities, not to count those done during LTTAs.
The methodology has been established, generally, and it refers to involving well balanced teams of students, comprising the aforementioned categories and focusing on competence development and team work ability development. Teachers will supervise and help, if needed, and students can propose changes in doing activities as long as the objective is not affected. During mobilities, mixed teams will perform tasks, including online work on Twinspace. As results, we will have a large choice of products, starting with the knowledge accumulation and putting it into practice and going on with awareness campaigns, exhibitions, digital products, sites to display them and a project comprehensive guide to remain as material to be used in regular classes during and after the project implementation span. We hope to have a significant impact on the three plans, so that our work produce changes in mentality, on a longer term. We refer here to the developing capacities for protecting the nature and for becoming reliable citizens in the future united Europe. By then, we want our students to feel the project impact by having better results at studying and behaving properly in society. Parents will be glad to notice school progress in their children while organizations will be more open culturally and more efficient as provider of education. As an immediate, visible advantage, students will be more fluent in speaking English, surer of
themselves, more stable as characters and more skilled in solving a multitude of task whether working with bare hands or doing ICT products. Likewise, teachers will know other educational systems, pedagogical approaches, cultural horizons and they will become better in their daily work with a larger choice of methods of teaching and materials. The communities will be richer in international experience, setting new useful links for future collaboration and friendships. Finally, schools will become more friendly, more attractive and less harmful for the environment. We aim at this as we have designed the tools to measure our objectives at the beginning and at the end of the project, being thus able to illustrate the progress Call 2020, Round 1, KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices KA229 - School Exchange Partnerships