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EUROPEAN SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Six secondary schools located all over Europe coordinated by the Italian partner, sharing the same environmental issues, have decided to apply for the Erasmus+ project “European School Partnership for Sustainability”. Each partner school will directly involve more than 50 students, aged 17/18 years, with the aim to develop in them an environmental conscience and, as a result in the future, to achieve a number of positive effects like reduced usage of resources, reduced waste and greater energy savings. Thus, we will carry out activities which will lead to reaching our objectives. The main activities are: various surveys regarding water and energy consumption in all families; questionnaires about waste, research about pollution, traditional and alternative renewable sources of energy and organic food consumption, field trips,art exhibitions displaying things made of recycled materials. Students of all partner schools will help in solving environmental issues through an active citizenship and voluntary activities (such as adopting a green space, cleaning it and planting trees) in the attempt to be fruitful and help Europe fulfill 2020 Strategy for the Environment. The materials produced will be a brochure, a webpage and a CD with the results of all the surveys carried out. We will also make leaflets and posters to promote our goals. Through the activities we hope to make our pupils eco-friendly consumers and promote similar behaviour in their families and communities creating impacts and effects on behaviours and lifestyles, on both local and global environments, and in both the short and the long-term. Students involved will establish personal contacts with mates from other countries inducing in them the feelings of mutual respect and facilitating the elimination of prejudices. By having contact with other cultures, they gain knowledge both their national cultures and these of the partners, and will find similarities that unite them and, of course, differences that enrich them. Some of these students will even have the opportunity to have real exchanges with other European students and to be hosted in their families sharing daily life, habits and values. They will also have the chance to take an active part in volunteer actions in a trasnational setting. The project period will be interspersed with a wide variety of project work based on interdisciplinary activities carried out in different fields (Science, History, Citizenship, Law, ICT, Foreign Languages).These activities will allow the students to play a major role in the creation and implementation of measures that will improve their schools, home life and local environments. Students will look for information independently or with the help of teachers, using different sources: from flipped classroom learning, to non-formal and informal settings which will certainly help pupils with fewer opportunities to find their role. Students will also produce reports, multimedia presentations about their participation in the project and their findings. This collaborative work, based on transversal skills and practical entrepreneurial experiences will help pupils with basic skills, those at risk of leaving school early, thus promoting young social inclusion and well being. While the objectives will encourage students and teachers from partner countries to work together on an important issue for all: Changing lifestyles in order to protect environment and integrating environmental education with the school curriculum. Questionnaires, surveys, conferences with experts and the local communities will help the target groups to reach a higher awareness while a project website, the Erasmus+ corner in each school website, posters, videos, powerpoints presentations and DVDs will have the aim of summarising activities and to disseminate them to other students, teachers, parents and the local community. Beside six trasnational meetings will be held, two with teachers (at the beginning and at the end of the project) and four as students/teachers workshops. Lastly each partner school will organise a final “Open Erasmus+ Week” to show all results and outcomes to students from other schools and the local communities with a final meeting with local authorities, environmental associations and journalists about what measure may be taken in order to give sustainability. Moreover the project’s website will be maintained for other three years of dissemination. However, I believe that the change in individual lifestyles such as recycling habits, water and energy saving, cooperating with volunteering actions, will be continued by students, families and the local community. While the “Local Agenda 21” drawn up by all students will become part of the school curriculum and will help future students to reach awareness in environmental issues so as to keep the project’s outcomes alive.
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