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Edu-living & Edu-leaving
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The idea of the project comes from the fact that the educational system in Greece is a controversial issue with a lot of negative points that need to be discussed. It is exam-centered, highly theoretical, teacher-centered,, it favors the good students and wrongs the weak ones . As a result ,many students leave school long before graduating. Other reasons for dropping out school could be the bad family environment or background, bullying, racism which leads to social exclusion, the student’s indifference or boredom, the long-distance from the students’ residence to the school, or even economic reasons which force students to abandon school in order to work. In times of economic crisis that Greece lives today, the phenomenon of early school leaving should be studied carefully. Similar research on other European educational systems needs to be done in order to compare the results. The project aims to involve- apart from teachers and students- parents, psychologists, educators and organizations in general, specialized in issues related to dropping –out school. In this way the problem will be studied thoroughly and the whole community will get a better insight. The approach to achieve our objectives is active involvement of every student in the planning, implementation and evaluation processes of the project .Ensuring the effective cooperation and communication using the ICT effectively, disseminating the project results and activities by organizing competitions in local schools and by conferences for local people, meetings with local authorities and civil organizations, organizing project meetings to exchange ideas, regular evaluations by surveys, questionnaires, interviews with the students, teachers, parents and local people, involving the local people and parents to the period by open days at institutions and use of local media. We are 5 participant schools: -2nd General Lycium of Xanthi, (Greece), has 549 pupils (15-18 years old) and 43 teachers and offers general knowledge, so that after taking part in the university entrance exams, they can continue their studies to any kind of university (as medicine, economics, law etc). Everybody studies English and someone also French or German. -I.I.S. V. Emanuele II ( Italy) is a technical and vocational school with three different 5-year courses, one based on administration, marketing and languages , one based on ICT commercial promotion and advertising )., and the third one based on social studies. The school population is approximately of 800 students, of which 32 are in the condition of disability. There are 100 teachers -Izmir Anatolian Teacher Training High School ( Turkey) since 2001 the school is in Sasalı, Çiğli. We are a school with 19 classes consisting of 541 students. The school, the classrooms of which are technologically well prepared including smart boards that are part of Fatih Project, has a gym, an ICT room, computer-physics-Chemistry labs, art- music rooms and 24 more classrooms. -Queen Jadwiga Complex of Schools No. 4 ( Poland) is located about 5 km from the centre of Dąbrowa Górnicza. The school consists of three units: a Kindergarten, a Primary School and a Junior High School. There are over 500 pupils and 60 teachers in our school. - Escola Secundária Fernão Mendes Pinto-Portugal/Almada, The school is composed of 1169 students and 94 teachers. It offers, 3rd cycle courses (children aged between 12-14 years old); general secondary courses, divided into four main subject areas – science, arts, economic and social sciences and humanities; professional courses(Tourism, Events and Design). Needless to say that the cooperation between partners will be based on mutual respect for each other’s national and cultural identity. Values like tolerance, understanding, acceptance, trust and similar are necessary in order to form a partnership that will carry out activities and produce material which will help us understand better why under-achievers mainly drop out school in the European countries involved in the project. Stereotypes and prejudices will be questioned and rejected through careful studying and will be replaced by notions such as equity, acceptance, and respect to diversity. By the end of the project we hope that we will have a better knowledge of the European educational systems and will be able to identify the weak points. Consequently, we could suggest some changes that will be included in the website of the school or be part of the intellectual output we hope to produce. Most importantly ,teachers will probably change their attitude towards students who abandon school and be more helpful since they will be further educated and guided by experts or counselors. All in all , by learning to discourage students from abandoning school and practically help them to graduate, wherever in Europe they live, we encourage future European citizens to learn to struggle ,in order to achieve their goals.
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