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The second project meeting with all partners took place at Kdyne/Czech Republic from 3rd April till 8th April 2011.

 

As part of the Comenius project “Europe – a Vine and its Shoots”, school groups from Germany, Italy and Luxembourg had the opportunity to get to know the Czech partner school and spend three days in host families.

The aim of this European school project is, primarily, to make young people aware of the differences and similarities within European culture. The pupils learn to accept such diversity and recognise that they can learn a lot from one another. Of course there are numerous similarities owing to shared ancestors. A strong sense of togetherness is developed this way and this contributes to the open-minded integration of those from migrant families.

The first phase of the participating countries’ work was presented at the second project meeting which was held in the Czech town of Kdyne, not far from the German border.  The work and project activities of all the participants were put into an English language virtual internet newspaper as well as being recorded in each country’s language. By the end of the two year project the aim is to have formulated ideas and incentives of how to live together in Europe in a friendly and tolerant way.

Native pupils, pupils with migration background, as well as pupils with physical disabilities are working together in the partner schools on the project entitled “I am like you”. In each subject respectively, interviews are being made, role plays and stories written, pictures painted, pantomimes created, films made, prejudices worked through and lots more.

The stay in the host families and the participation in the school day were new experiences for everyone. The highlight of the stay was a daytrip to Prague, the capital. Under the expert guidance of the Czech head teacher, Pavel Kopta, who’d studied in Prague and along with glorious sunshine, the international guests visited the most important sights and learnt about the beautiful town which sits on the river Moldau. When it was time to leave, everyone was already looking forward to the next project meeting in autumn in Luxembourg.

The European Union promotes teamwork from schools that have partner institutions in at least two of the participating countries as part of the Comenius school partnership.


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Above the rooftops of Prague – Teachers and pupils from Italy, Luxembourg, Romania and the Czech Republic.


Press report German newspaper: Saarbrücker Zeitung, 14.04.2011


Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2011 06:43