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Eco-Life: Our Way
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We are a Strategic Partnership involving three schools: the Spanish IES José Luis Castillo Puche as the coordinating partner, the German Mataré-Gymnasium.Europaschule and the English St Albans Girls’ School. The aim of our ecological Erasmus + Project “Eco-Life: Our Way” is to achieve a common awareness about the importance of our way of living and its impact on the environment. We, as global citizens, must realize that sustainable development, energy saving, ecological footprint and climate change are global concepts to be tackled locally and individually. The idea is that every single person can make a change, and effects can be enhanced by cooperating. We will promote an active citizenship in our pupils, and for this reason, our Erasmus + Students will become Eco-Ambassadors among their peers, Primary students in other city schools, Parents Associations and Local Authorities. The project focuses on Secondary school students, who will communicate via ICT, by means of our eTwinning common platform, and work together in groups of mixed nationality, using their language skills to negotiate meaning, to put forward their ideas and to compromise. Students will participate in the following activities, which will take place in classes of a variety of subjects and in special workshops to involve the school community: - Creation of a logo which will represent our project - Short stories about ecological issues will be written and a video clip which promotes environmentally-sensitive behaviour will be produced. - Pupils will analyse their ecological footprints, employing a personal waste or energy diary and invoice analysis (examining the invoices for electricity and heating energy) of their schools or private households. - Ecological Christmas ornaments and presentations will be produced, in order to promote a sustainable celebration of this season. - Our project will culminate in the final staging of a Collaborative Theatre Play for which scripts, costumes and stage setting will have been prepared during the transnational meetings. Our final objective will be to improve the eco-sensitive behaviour in our Communities; and to enhance, among our students, their self-esteem, critical thinking, leadership, collaborative learning, communication skills, languages and ICT, as a way to improve their future employability in a common European frame. We will also focus on the dissemination of the project, not only to enlarge its impact but also as a way of increasing motivation and satisfaction in our daily work inside the classroom, a window to promote welfare and realize that this kind of European project is worth to overstep the classroom walls, in order to open minds and broaden horizons.
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