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Local Traces of Jewish Life in Europe
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Traces of Jewish life in Europe" is a project for learning and critical thinking on the historic topic of the treatment, life and cultural influence of Jews in 5 European regions: Germany, Portugal, Poland, Romania and Greece. In it, pupils from very different social and economic backgrounds and teachers with different expertise and educational experiences, will participate, so that everyone will contribute to achieve a richness of perspectives and outputs that could not be achieved by just working in one of the five regions or within the limits of just one of the five different educational systems. The project aims at the creation of a book containing results of the research, allowing a multiregional and multidimensional understanding of Jewish History, its causes and consequences, as well as its heritage in the participating countries. This book shall fulfil the standards of OER and shall be available online, and server as the basis of further work on the subject and education based on the planned collection of selected local sources/examples not readily availabe elsewhere. Another practical and sustainable result will e a tourist guide to traces of Jewish life in Porto that is to be available in several European languages. Finally the project will allow transnational and comparative research as the basis of research papers in a German W-Seminary in History that are part of the German Abitur and that will be made available online. At the same time, it is expected that issues, involving a conscious, responsible and critical citizenship, will be further developed and promoted. Through a collaborative and innovative learning and the development of an active citizenship, it is intended to improve employability and support future learning and career paths. This way, young Europeans from different countries will develop the strategic use of ICT, OER for learning, research and dissemination. That means they will need to train flexible learning and virtual mobility and will thereby improve the employability of the European workforce. The online and "live" communication and cooperation will be a strong motivation as well as a training-ground for the development and practical application of language competences as a key dimension of modernising European education to foster the mobility of workers and students and improve the employability of the European workforce. The mobilities planned in every partner country will enable differentiated learning in formal and non-formal contexts for all participants: teachers and pupils, and will substantially improve motivation and openness to diversity, breaking and avoiding traditional stereotypes, clichés and limitations of national historical traditions or curricula. The possibility to interchange innovative practices in education by supporting professional development of teachers and educators can increase the quality of education and range of training in ICT-based methodologies and use of OER based collaboration on the topic of Jewish life in Europe. Working on the project will initiate intercultural education as a basis of social integration and prevent drop-out and promote participation of disadvantaged groups in society. As a main impact, there is the expectation of a change of mentality in the participants, eliminating the fear of difference and promoting the inclusion of every one in society. The long term benefits will lie in - a better understanding of the importance and effect of History for/on culture and identity and our role in the present and future - reinforcing the importance of school as a tool and place of integration and social inclusion - an empowerment as individuals and as active participants in cultural and social changes; an improvement of the quality teaching - an increment and strengthening of the European dimension in education - strengthening of the relations with all the community. All the activities have focus on the one hand on a strong cultural component - Jewish heritage and its influence. The mobilities will allow the participants to visit sacred and historic places that marked national and European events and a whole people. On the another hand, the activities will allow the sharing of strategies, methods, ideas that enable innovation in the teaching-learning process, enhance motivation, the practice of ICT and foreign language.
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