L'eau, un bien précieux : source d'échanges interc..
L'eau, un bien précieux : source d'échanges interculturels.
Start date: Feb 1, 2015,
End date: Dec 31, 2015
Water, a most precious supply : At the source of a cultural exchange initiave, July 12th-July 18th, 2015
This project is being implemented further to many previous actions in which the twin towns of BOTICAS in Portugal, and of GOND—PONTOUVRE in France, have been actively involved.
In July 2014, the young French participants from Gond-Pontouvre visited their friends in Boticas. In summer 2015, they would now like to return the invitation, and have their Portuguese friends visit them in France, in their home-town of Gond-Pontouvre.
This time again, every effort will be made so that this project benefits mostly under-privileged young people, whose social backgrounds would not enable them to travel abroad on a cultural exchange programme. One of the ideas behind the project is to help these young people overcome the social issues they are facing, and their difficuluties at school.
This renewed experience is seen as a great opportunity for these young people to further develop friendships, cultural exchange, and a clear sense of belonging to a community of people that can mutually help each other grow and develop : the European community.
Goals to be achieved on the project :
- Create better awareness of how crucial our water supply is to us
- Make these young people aware of the challenges of preserving our water supply as a rare and invaluable commodity
- Teach them « eco-friendly » and « water-friendly » attitudes in their daily lives
- Teach them the use of multimedia tools
- Encourage social diversity, mutual acceptance, and mutual understanding
- Help our young participants develop self confidence, and social skills
- In an informal way, enable each of them to gain awareness of their own talents, skills and abilities, thus creating self-esteem
- Value tolerance, acceptance of others, and solidarities
- Make these young people aware of their belonging to the European Community
25 young Portuguese people and 25 young French people, ages 13 to 17, with an equal nimber of boys and girls, supervised by 3 group-leaders/chaperones from each country.
The main topic of this week of cultural exchange will be « Water, a precious commodity »
- Workshops on « water, a crucial life support », « water life-cycles », « how can we preserve our water », « water, at the source of industrial development »
- Reporting Workshop : preparing interviews, discovering water-saving techniques and the various methods that can be used and applied in our everyday lives.
- Study visits : treasure Hunt around the historic town of Gond-Pontouvre, the springs of the River Touvre, the Eco-Pole of the Greater Angouleme community of neighboring towns, how a water-lock is operated, how water is used in the making of paper.
- Sports Activities : hikes and walks, canoeing down the River Touvre, tournaments.
- Multicultural evenings : National Bastille Day on July 14Th with its traditional fireworks,
Quizz night on European Topics, Quizz Night on Sutainable Development, and an evening of songs and dances from various European cultures.
- Common Actions with our partners on the project : the Eco-Pole of the Greater Angouleme community of neighboring towns, Charente and Nature Association, Social and Sports Centre, Canoeing Club, National French Fishing Association, a hiking club, and the Syndicate in charge of managing the water resources and fishing supplies of the local River Touvre.
- Official ceremonies and receptions wit the Mayor and elected local representatives.
Our young participants will be responsible for designing a short video of their weeks, showing their discoveries, and own achievements. Cultural evenings will be based on cultural and history quizzes.
During the celebrations of July 14th, the participants will have an opportunity to improve their knowledge of French History.
At the end of the week, all participants will be presented with their Youthpass, during an official ceremony at the Town Hall.
This Youthpass will reward their personal involvement and active participation in all the activities and workshops.
Expected results and achievements
From the young participants :
- A stronger awareness of the importance of caring for our water supply
- Better knowledge of the life-cycles of water, from the natural spring to our home tap
- SPreading knowledge of water-friendly uses and practises among these young people, their families, and friends
- Better skills at using multimedia tools
- Increased self-confidence, autonomy and responsibility
- Become real European citizens, open to their European environment and cultures
- Become more open-minded, more aware of cultural differences, and more tolerant in all respects.
- Make these youg people aware of how they too can help save our environment on an everyday basis
From the partners involved :
- Promoting and valuing the project in the town and to its inhabitants to actively promote the values of cultural exchange between European countries.
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