The idea of human rights lies in the historical and ideological basis of a United Europe. It was born in the Renaissance and the Enlightenment , whose philosophical theories led to a new concept of the relationship among the members of a community. These modern ideas of Montesquieu , Rousseau and Voltaire, inspired the bold conception of ” human rights “, coined by John Locke.
The recognition of human rights and their protection laid the foundation of an unprecedented united Europe, the presence of international legal instruments such as the ” UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights ” (1948) and the ” European Convention on
Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms”(1950) have become a common standard of achievement for all people and
nations. Therefore, we are required to join efforts to educate our children to responsible behaviours towards their own and others’ rights, to give them tools to exercise active European citizenship and be the future stakeholders of European social values.
In today’s Europe, multicultural classroom has become the paradigm of our schools. The coexistence of students and teachers
from different cultures in a multicultural environment also requires of the teacher to have a clear position towards multiculturalism and to manage intercultural education .Teachers must strengthen positive and enriching relationships among all students to encourage their personal development and self-esteem, create proper conditions for positive social intercourse and successful communication .
Intercultural education is not only about studying mother tongue or training bilingual children or studying cultural archetypes, education and training process require application of innovative methods and approaches for the training of not only knowledge but also skills and abilities demanded in the new frame of modern Europe. Quality and sustainable education need to reach a higher degree of connectivity among individual abilities of the students and provide them with opportunities to take an active, civic and social position in school and real life situations.
The new Europe is the result of several factors: the Schengen Agreement eliminated borders and allowed the free movement of persons, current economic recession has boosted traditional migrating movements from and to the Union and the introduction of new regulations about marriage and adoption are changing the nature and composition of our classrooms, where we can find an increasing number of bilingual students and mixed families. This process of globalization and multilingual learning environment will be strengthened in the coming years. Teachers are to face a challenge they have not been prepared to handle .
With this project we aim at sharing experiences , exchanging best practices , demonstrateing that processes in the different countries are identical , that globalization and intercultural unity is one of the characteristics of a United Europe . Teachers trust in civic education as a catalyst of change, as an agent to spread European democratic values. The project participants will learn and be aware of what it means to be a citizen of a United Europe, to support and work in favour of human rights, to know their rights and responsibilities, and enjoy common European values and cultural and natural heritage. So, focusing on education will ensure long-term support to the ambitious shared space project.
We want to innovate and improve competences in all subjects of the students’ curricula by:
-educating our children attending to responsible behaviours towards their own and others’ rights, to give them tools to exercise active European citizenship and be the future stakeholders of European social values.
-changing strategies of partner schools so that they can instill European awareness for teachers, students and the whole community
– getting to know good practices of other institutions to improve the level of training and education.
– teaching native language in a multicultural environment ( new trends in the European Community )- Mother Language, English language, History, Geography, Philosophy, Civic education
– teaching English as a first or second language in a multicultural environment
– new teaching practices in environmental education – how to reduce waste and protect our home – nature: Natural Sciences , Biology , Physics, Mathematics
– using ICT as a lesson tool – all subjects.
This project aims at completing local or regional visions of school mediation programs ,social and /or civil education curricula, cross-curricular approaches to civil rights and enrich them to become an international network of schools working in favour of tolerance side by side through innovative teaching practices.