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Live And Learn At School
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Because of the high rates of dropouts of formal education as a result of absenteeism in our school, which is quite far from the EU’s 2020 targets, we decided to set up a project. When we announced our wish in making a project on the issue through eTwinning, we got partnership proposals from different European schools suffering from the same problems. As a result of intensive communications we set up our partnership with the schools from Poland, Italy, Latvia, Spain and Greece. We conducted a survey among the partner school students and identified that there is a significant audience who has concerns about their future and finds the schools boring places. Survey results also showed us that the teachers’ attitudes, boring lessons, exam anxiety, academic failure, inability to socialize and being happier outside of the schools were the reasons of attending schools unwillingly. Those findings led us to establish the project called, Live and Learn at Schools (LAL@S) with the aim to provide contribution to the students who dislike the school and have tendency to dropout with absenteeism problems and have ineffective academic success with limited basic skills and with less team spirit, to turn into qualified and skilled individuals who are interested in schools, willing to learn, who have objectives and adopted European values, open to communication and to different cultures in line with the EU's 2020 objectives. As a start to the project we will organize a 30 hours - Active and Cooperative learning seminar for the teachers to have competence about preparing student centred module activities. The teachers in English, mathematics and in Science branches will design activities in international meetings for the module DVD. Hundreds of students between the ages of 14-15 will be included in the project by applying the module activities at schools. The impact and the quality of the project and the activities will be measured by the surveys to be applied to the students, to teachers, to the parents and to the school administrations. To reach the Project objectives, 6 international meetings will be organized. In these meetings, the risks and the opportunities and the details of work plan will be negotiated, English, Mathematics and science activities will be designed and the activities of European citizenship and Intercultural learnings will take place. The activities designed by the teachers will be piloted in host schools for five days and will be evaluated. Effectiveness and the quality proven activities will be collected in a module DVD called ‘Activity Based Curriculum’ (A.B.C.) It is aimed to create awareness about advanced democracy, respect for nature, equality, empathy with handicapped people on participants with the activities in European citizenship and in Intercultural learning meetings. A website and a project magazine will be designed to introduce all project activities and will be used in dissemination, sustainability and in accessibility with the module DVD. In international visits sightseeing trips will be organized with the aim to observe the life styles of different cultures, to build up long lasting friendships and to develop communication skills in foreign languages under the organisations of host schools.
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