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Language of the Photos
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Although European countries are united, there is a multicultural community in the unity. They have some similiar and varying problems, in the educational systems. Depending on the results of evaluations, it is realized that a majority of young students feel themselves socially excluded and discriminated because of their family backgrounds, physical appearances, learning difficulties, financial problems, different customs. As a result, these young students lose their self-confidence, motivation for learning and creativity. Our aim is to make these disadvantaged students active by giving responsibilities; in cooperation with the peers from different cultures, via team works. Through these activities; we want to build up friendships and prevent early school leaving( one of the objectives of Europe 2020 Educational Strategies), social exclusion. We also want to decrease the difficulties in foreign language learning by using innovative methods and materials. One of our goals is improving ICT skills. Teachers will acquire new teaching methods and skills to overcome the project problems met at the partner schools. We will raise awareness and take attention to violence against women; intolerance and discrimination against minorities and disadvantaged groups (disableds, socially excluded); prejudices for various cultures. 130 students and 30 teachers will actively take part at the project works. There will be Roma minorities, from Turkey, Romania, Portugal and Poland, with whom we will meet. There will be traditional Latvian families that we will visit. The women under violence (from Turkey), mainstreaming students with special needs, physically disabled students and a teacher, the members of the 'Chorus of Civilizations' ( from Antioch) will also attend the project activities. 2 Turkish students, whose parents are imprisoned because of drug-addiction, will attend the project works. Our project activities will be parallel to a detailed action plan prepared by the coordinator. Task of the partners will be uploaded to the project web-site, chronogically. They consist of preparation of promotional materials, meetings; organization of presentations, conferences, skype conversations, international meetings, informative meetings with authorities, trips for taking photos, "Language of the Photos" week, "The School of Dreams" day, photography and English courses, psychological support, visits to families, visits to minorities, visit to MOR CATI, exhibitions. We will use a series of methods at the implementation of the activities: Cooperative learning technique, think-pair-share, brainstorming, problem solving method, metaplan, lecture, simulation, exposing method, demonstration, debate (for decision- making), communicative approach, educational games, do it, case method in practice (students' decision- making), role-play, random input (for generating fresh ideas or new perspectives). Our activities will be in the ways of pre-planned educational visits, internationally, "Language of the Photos" week, "The School of Dreams" day, exhibitions, presentations, conferences. By attending these activities; students will gain positive behavior modification, teachers will acquire innovative methods. There will be a wind of change at the partner schools. We desire to raise awareness and take the attention of local, regional representatives and educational authorities to the project issues, by inviting them to these activities. The parents and the other schools will take the advantages of the results. The materials developed during the project will be made available for those interested in the project topic; other schools, organizations, associations. Moreover; there will be workshops at which the usage of created materials will be taught to the neighbour schools' students, teachers and educational representatives. We will be in communication with local and international representatives of the organizations. Besides; we will contribute in the means of experience to the other schools through e-twinning portal. "Language of the Photos" week and "The School of Dreams" day will be continued in the following years, as a 'school custom'. School Family Associations, school budget or sponsors will finance them. Producing school magazine and the activities of the Photography Club will go on. The products will be available at the face-book page and delivered to the educational authorities. As a result, we will provide our project's sustainability and continuity of target solutions to the problems. The community that are aware of the importance of ' the language of the photos' at solving the problems met at educational systems will go on their workshops.
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