For this follow-up project, we felt the need to count on the 'core partners' of the previous project -i.e. ltaly, Romania and Spain, the ones with the highest degree of reliability and commitment- plus three new partner schools from Northern European countries, thus expanding the area of influence with the aim to get a broader perspective.
remarkable feature of our partnership is that all schools come from different countries which are involved in ecology in dissimilar ways. lndeed, the level of pro-ecological mentality
does not seem to be satisfactory and young people's environmental awareness appears not to be raised at school or at home in the same degree in all countries. Therefore, teachers and the educational communities have a great role to play in order to change this course of action and develop a mentality -regarding environmental matters- common to such geographically distant European countries.
lndeed,our project seeks mutual cooperation and aims at creating
new environment-friendly patterns of behaviour, arousing societ y's interest in interrelated economic, social,political and ecological issues. The tasks to be done within the project are constructed so as to develop active attitudes to solve and prevent environmental problems and to be able to involve local authorities and other institutions in these measures.
Coming from different countries with different social and ecological backgrounds, our students share the same responsibility for our common environment; thus it is essential to raise awareness and educate students about such environmental problems as pollution, climate change and gradual reduction of natural resources, and discuss solutions such as recycling and other everyday ecological undertakings.
From a teaching methodology point of view, our project aims at exploring new methods of learning. We will do this by having students work with the theme of the project in an innovative way. In a fast changing world it is vital that both the educational system and the way we learn change simultaneously. So, instead of standard classroom learning in different subjects we want our students to see that everything they learn at school is connected in the sense that one thing builds on other things.Through working together we will learn from each other internationally. We want the students to work in an exploratory,problem based way,meaning that they will have to research,discuss and reach consensus on how to solve a specific problem.
All schools involved in this project have something in common,i.e. they host a relatively considerable number of socially and economically disadvantaged students, hence our deep interested in helping them develop
their basic skills
and provide them with a better preparation for the job market after secondary school.
We also believe in innovative, inclusive methodologies as the best way to enhance our students' performance at school. These will include the extensive use of ICT tools, since access to information on the Internet is central to educational equality of opportunities.
Inclusive methodology will also apply to foreign language teaching. As the language of the project is a foreign language for all participating countries, the common work and exchanges are perfect opportunities to use and practise this language (i.e. English as a lingua franca for communication). On the other hand, although the working language
is English, our cooperation will also promote the knowledge of the mother tongues of the participating European countries.
and reducing early school leaving is another aim of the project. Participation in these activities will surely help to motívate the students to learn and develop a true European consciousness.