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Bridge over waters far away – Culture, Art, Tradition, Education – So different but also so the same

School from Greece and the partners from Estonia, Lithuania, Italy, Turkey, and Germany started a SCHOOL PROJECT : “Bridge over waters far away – Culture, Art, Tradition, Education – So different but also so the same”. Our aims were to involve through our project pupils, teachers and associated partners through meetings, courses and workshops, activities to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The 1st year we had to inform each other about Europe and our cultures developing and find out about European identity by discovering its cultural heritage (common things and differences - national art, handicraft, music, fairytales and dances of regions of Europe with very different history and nature). The 2nd year we had to find out some of those answers with workshops and other methods of active learning. During the program we evaluated the progress, disseminated the results, facilitated the participation of pupils with special educational needs, ensured equal opportunities for the participation of female/male pupils and staff promote intercultural education, helped combat racism and xenophobia. We used new technologies and material exchanges. All these we included into the annual curriculum of each school. We believe that all these helped our schools to become better. The collaboration offered also the possibility to the students, the schoolteachers and to the local authorities to appreciate the differences and similarities of culture, of education, of art and tradition of each country. We exchanged the important experience and we accepted the cultural and linguistic differences, that develop a positive attitude toward linked Europe, where its citizens feel sure and prosper.

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