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Handmade tradition
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The resolve to implement the Handmade Tradition project is a result of the urgent need for reintroducing handicraft tradition to educational establishments. These simple creative activities will lead children away from computer screens and keyboards back to traditions and customs of their ancestors. Handicraft activities are deemed to be perfect fit for children, as most of them live in cities and lack any contact with natural environment that would be conducive to the development of working activities and habits. With regard to difficulties in organising meetings of children that young, we have come to a decision to prepare this project for teachers, who provide them with guidance – “who himself does not burn, cannot ignite!” Our goal is to prepare 6 five-day meetings of teachers, who will compare traditions and habits of various seasons and holidays/festivals and show these to each other; they will be teaching techniques so that it will be possible to apply these in their partner schools. During the common meetings/mobilities, they will try various creative techniques/crafts so that a transfer of good practices and experience is bound to occurr during the performance of activities together with children. Different trends and approaches (from different countries) are likely to manifest themselves while working with children. The host country teachers will prepare worksheets for their peer partners from abroad. These will include detailed descriptions of work, useful tips and tricks - furnished with instructive pictures. Following each international meeting, creative workshops will be held in schools with children and parents and members of public together, where they will have a chance to see how certain things are done differently in the remaining partner countries – the worksheets will then be updated with new tips and tricks. The comparison and acquisition of new experince from abroad, understanding how school systems works / what traditions and habits are like in other countries - these alone will serve as a strong motivation for participating in the project. The main project coordinator will be the kindergarten in the Czech Republic, project partners will be the kindergarten in Slovakia and Poland. Kindergartens will have information boards displayed in their premises – with information about the project goals, partner organizations and individual project activities. The primary project output will consist of the website with sections dedicated to worksheets, photo documentation and detailed descriptions of project activities. Worksheets will be made available also in printed form and their sustainability is practically limitless – they will remain a precious source of inspiration for handicraft activities suitable for children. The project language will be English.
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