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Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

CHANGE THE IMAGE OF THE BAT AND TAKE ACTION FOR THE PRESERVATION! The image of the bat can be favourable or suspicious depending on the country. Victim of prejudice, it is sometimes associated with the myth of vampires who have ability to morph into animals, including bats. For example, it inspired characters such as Dracula the vampire. It also refers to ghosts, death and disease. Because of its strange appearance and nightlife, this flying mammal is often persecuted by humans. Bats play an important role in the ecosystem balance by contributing to the regulation of insect populations. Unfortunately, in cultivated or inhabited areas undergoing deforestation, many species of bats are gone. Some, fortunately, are impacted by restoration plans or enjoy a protected status, particularly in France (Ministerial Decree of 17 April 1981). The project objective is to educate students and the wider public to protect endangered species, including bats. The project will involve students aged 14-18 years in three schools in France, Romania and Turkey. Various activities will be implemented: work on cultural representation of the bat in the three countries , population census (number and species), knowledge about bats , exhibitions and creating a spectacle with circus arts : scriptwriting , directing, creating sets, costumes and music and the performing achievement in different representations (one will be adapted to an audience of visually impaired) . Project activities will be mostly integrated into the regular activities of schools and programs include courses that take the project as support learning. This project will implement competencies in communication skills, languages, biology, physics, information and communication technologies (ICT) and in sport. This innovative interdisciplinary learning will increase the motivation of students and teaching teams and will then , through dissemination actions (exhibitions and artistic performances ) raise public (teaching staff and non-teaching institutions , other students participating establishments not directly to the project , parents and the general public) to preserve biodiversity through the example of the protection of bats. At the end of the project, cooperation activities will be continued and the partners will collaborate on other projects.

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