The Anti Xenophobia project for children of  European (primary) schools.

“A child friendly European project about an important issue!”

PAXEP

Dutch agency: Europees Platform.

Coordinating school:

O.B.S. Het Palet, Patrijsstraat 2, 4043MR Opheusden, Netherlands. Tel. 0031488441451, Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken., www.paletopheusden.nl

Director: Diana Brouwer.

Coordinator: Anton Verwey, 0031345684247, mobile 0031613698777, Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.

Partners:

St. Cronan’s Boys National school in Bray.

Gozo Sannat Primary school and special unit on Gozo – Malta.

Volksschule In Plancheros Austria.

Gozo Collegge Qala Primary school on Gozo Malta.

 

“Cooperating”  Partners:

Základní škola, Praha 9 - Horní Počernice,  Czech Republic.

E. Vilde general secondary school in Juuru Estonia.

Kath. Grundschule in Marienbaum, Xanten Germany.

Sauvo primary school in Sauvo Finland.

The Dutch school:

Our school is quite small but is an important place in a rural area. Our school is deemed a 'Vreedzame school' (peaceful school).

Our  'Vreedzame school' prepares children for a diverse modern society. We want to start a project that promotes anti-xenophobia on a child friendly way.  We will use our experiences and work together with other European primary schools and share results.

 

Summary

Visitors will be guests; guests will become friends: the Anti Xenophobia Project for children of European (primary) schools:  AXPEP.

What is the item?

We wish to find ways to teach primary school children that there is no need to be afraid of people from other countries; you can be friendly with these interesting guests and learn a lot.

The subjects

This project for Primary school children will equip them with skills to challenge xenophobia in a child friendly and motivating way. The project will utilize subjects that are expression rich, including art, music, drama, writing, design. The children will develop a story….with a happy ending that promotes positive images.

 

A project for children, teachers, and parents.

Children across Europe will work from the same story beginning. They will be able to compare and contrast how children in other countries have developed their stories.  Teachers will meet their European colleagues to exchange ideas, plan, support and talk about their experiences and learning outcomes.  Parents will see what their children have produced or see performances…… and what is more they will see what children from other European countries have done with the same story!

 

The idea behind it…

The idea is simple and straightforward to develop: Every participating school will get the same story beginning they will grow the story from that point.

 

The story is as follows:

There is a small community (it could be a village, a school, a hotel, holiday camp, small town etc.) and everyone is busy with their everyday life. Suddenly they hear the sounds of new people coming. The people of this community are surprised, what is going to happen?

Rationale, the motivation why this project is needed.

In our school we have children from different countries and cultures. The influence of media like television and papers on xenophobia is very strong. Children gain positive and negative images towards people from other countries. This doesn’t create open-mindedness  towards people from foreign countries and other cultures. We think it is necessary to help our children with a child friendly project so that they can interact freely with other children in our school.

 

Project objectives and Strategy.

We have expertise in our multicultural 'Vreedzame school' in preparing prepares children for a diverse modern society. We wish to share this knowledge and also extend our own skills by working and sharing ideas with other schools across Europe. We wish to use a wide range of subjects such as art, music, written language, ICT and design, to enable communication to be as broad as possible.

In the first year every school will develop the story in its own way; they could finish the story by writing, making a comic, producing a performance for others on stage, making pictures or a video…. The story is flexible it can be developed in so many different ways that schools can choose what suits them best!

 

Teachers (and perhaps children) from other European schools will visit each other’s schools to see the outcomes and perhaps performances…

 

In the second and last year the participating schools will choose one of the approaches that another school has adopted and develop it in their own way. They will present it for the colleague schools, children and parents. This is a project with an important message which is why two Dutch schools will work simultaneous in two separate projects. These schools are not in the same regions. In this way we can share experiences and stimulate each other as coordinating schools.

 

During the mobility’s teachers will visit the schools and see the presentations of the host school. They also will visit classes of these participating schools and will give a presentation in English of their own school and country. This must be done in a way that the pupils will be able to understand it. This will also support the item of the project: anti xenophobia because the children will know more about other schools and schoolchildren. We will also try to have contact with the classes of the visiting teacher by Etwinning.

 

 

Results and outcomes.

September 2013. Start project. Coordinators and directors come to the Netherlands. Then will be During this visit colleagues also will be informed how to work with the special  made website so that every school can upload their information: stories, pictures, reactions  etc. presented which item every school will choose the “story” and how it will be.

September - October 2013 First presentations on the joint website.

 

May 2014  Meeting in the Holland to evaluate the first presentations, partners formulate the first evaluations of the first project year and make appointments for the next year so that every school knows what item is chosen for their own pupils

November 2014 Second installment of the presentations on the website.

End of April 2015 Deadline for upload information on the website.

End of May Meeting in the Holland to evaluate the first presentations, and formulate the evaluations for the valuation of the last project year and make appointment for cooperation in future.

European added value.

Besides anti-xenophobia, in which schools (pupils, teachers and parents) will experience positive multicultural images, pupils will have lessons from teachers from partner schools, parents will see the results of our project on the website, school newspapers and board announcements about other European schools. Europe will be promoted very positively to young Europeans of the future.

Impact, what impact is expected from the partnership activeties on pupils, learbers, trainees and staff and on the participating institutions.

1. Children will be more empathetic towards children and adults from other cultures

2. Teachers will broaden their knowledge base through a better understanding of multicultural issues and a greater knowledge of European culture and school systems.

3. Teachers will use English for communication which will improve their personal skills and result in improved English lessons.

 

 

Relevance towards the objectives of the programme.

To improve the quality and to increase the volume of mobility involving pupils and educational staff in different Member States

 

To improve the quality and to increase the volume of partnerships between schools in different Member States,so as to involve at least 3 million pupils in joint educational activities during the period of the programme

 

To encourage the learning of modern foreign languages

 

To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning

 

The relevance of the project in the context of the Dutch school.

 

We hope that as a result of this project there will be a more empathy created on all our schools and also a change of ideas by some of our parents. Unfortunately we can see that there is a negative development towards people from abroad. We aim to break through these intolerances.

By developing this project we will promote a modern approach to education by using ICT (for etwinning and our website).

We have chosen different schools that are spread.

Teachers will have helped coach and train each other by the realization of the project; using drama, music, language , working with ICT aspects, Etwinning etc.

Topics, the main thematic areas of our partnership.

Fight against racism and xenophobia

Artistic education, also including Arts and Crafts and Music

European citizenship and European dimension

Educational/training fields.

Religion / Ethics

Arts and crafts

The key competences of the project.

Social and civic competences

Cultural awareness and expression

Communication in foreign languages

 

The horizontal issues.

1.    Promoting an awareness of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity within Europe, as well as of the

2.    need to combat racism, prejudice and xenophobia

3.    Cultural and linguistic diversity

4.    Fight against racism and xenophobia

5.    Promoting equality between men and women and contributing to combating all forms of discrimination based on

6.    sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation

7.    Equal opportunities men and women

8.    Racial or ethnic origin

 

Distribution of tasks.

In the first year every school works the story out in its own way; they could finish the story by writing, making a comic, producing a performance for others on stage, making pictures or a video…. The story is flexible it can be developed in so many different ways that schools can choose what suits them best!

Teachers (and perhaps children) from other European schools will come to your school to see the outcomes and perhaps performances…

 

In the second and last year the participating schools choose one of the approaches that another school has adopted and work it out in their own way. They will present it for the colleague schools, children and parents.

 

We wish to find ways to teach primary school children that there is no need to be afraid of people from other countries; you can be friendly with these interesting guests and learn a lot.

 

The subjects

This project for Primary school children will equip them with skills to challenge xenophobia in a child friendly and motivating way. The project will utilize subjects that are expression rich, including art, music, drama, writing, design. The children will develop a story….with a happy end.

A project for children, teachers, and parents.

Children across Europe will work from the same story beginning. They will be able to compare and contrast how children in other countries have developed their stories.

Teachers will meet their European colleagues to exchange ideas, plan, support and talk about their experiences and learning outcomes.

Parents will see what their children have produced or see performances…… and what is more they will see what children from other European countries have done with the same story!

The idea behind it…

The idea is simple and straightforward to develop:

Every participating school will get the same story beginning they will grow the story from that point.

Cooperation and communication.

There will be meetings in Holland where schools can discuss in what way they will give form to the story in their school. During the visits guest teachers will see in what way the host school worked out the item.

On the website must presented what every school presents. All partners can see what the other partner schools have done.

At the end of the project years there will be evaluations of the last period.

At the end of the project there will be a booklet made of printings of the website pages.

Participants’ involvement.

All the teachers and trainers as the parents association are involved because the project is for every pupil in the school.

The project aims to be an ongoing part of the school curriculum.

 

Therefore the progress and the outcome of the project will be subject for continued staff education.

Integration into ongoing activities.

The aim of this project is meant for every pupil and the pedagogical outcome will be reinforced in subjects like drama, drawing art and language so that the project gives the opportunity to integrate learn activities.

Evaluation.

There will be planned times for summary evaluations. At the beginning of the project clear outcomes will be established against which actions can be measured. Arrangements will be made to collect information, stories and pictures via a project website.

 

The first presentations will appear on the website in November 2012. The project leaders will monitor these to support schools should there be difficulties or misunderstandings.

 

At the end of the school year 2013/14 at a meeting in the Holland there will be summary evaluations on the first presentations. Clear outcomes will be arranged for the second year to enable the measurement of overall success.

 

The final meeting at the end of the second year will evaluate the success of the whole project against the intended outcomes. There will be a summary document for all schools and also summaries on the project website.

Dissemination and use of results.

Every partner will fill the pages of a special website with the results of mobility’s, presentations and performances. In (local) newspapers will come articles about the schools and the project. The final document on the project will be a booklet made of prints of the website.

One of the outcomes for the project is that the good practice developed becomes an ongoing part of the school curriculum(s).