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Koti Syväkankaalla
Start date: 09 Aug 2016, End date: 08 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our students at Syväkankaan koulu have very different backgrounds: some families suffer from unemployment and poverty whereas others have sufficient incomes to enjoy an easy everyday life. Unfortunately, we teachers at Syväkangas have not succeeded in the integration of immigrant students in the basic education groups. As a result, our students with different backgrounds do not have enough opportunities to interact with each other resulting in inappropriate behaviour as well as a lack of empathy and open-mindedness. The aim of the teachers at Syväkankaan koulu is to provide each student with equal possibilities to learn and utilize his or her strengths. In order to achieve this, we are in the need of continuing education to update our knowledge in promoting equality between the students. Among us, we have chosen four teachers committed to operate in this Erasmus+ -project we are seeking support to. The goal of the project is to create a concrete model of a multidisciplinary learning course, called Koti Syväkankaalla (My home at Syväkangas). In this model, the students study for five days in workshops. The themes of the workshops are multicultural everyday life in the school, teamwork, students´ own strengths, tolerance, empathy and volunteer work. In the workshops, the teachers participating in this Erasmus+ -project apply their updated knowledge. The project week ends in feedback given by the students and teachers which will then be employed in the planning and execution of upcoming learning courses. After the theme week, the students will be aware of their own strengths as well as the multicultural richness of the school. To support the teamwork between the teachers and students in the school, we have created an environment for this purpose. Ultimately, all of our students – despite difficulties – will be able to utilize their own strengths and feel the school as a safe and innovative place to learn.Networking, provided by the continuing education, assists in the creation of a solid base for the multicultural and international school of Syväkangas.
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