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Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As a result of a study carried out on 464 secondary school students (Kaldırım, E. (GÜ, Gazi Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi, Cilt 25, Sayı 3 (2005) 143-162), it has been found out that secondary school students mostly misinterpret or have a lack of knowledge on the perception of democracy and values bound to it. The aim of our project is to make our students ,who also have the same problem, more aware of the concepts of democracy, human rights, moral values and the respect to the"others". Taking the inspiration from the saying “It should be noted that children's games are not merely games. One should regard them as their most serious activities.“ by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, and the enlightenment given by the "Game-based learning", we have decided to teach those values to our students through their most serious activities, games. As it is aimed within our project, there will also be handicapped students who will be included in games and which will show students no matter how different they are, they are so similar in fact. All school communities will benefit from exposure to different sociocultural backgrounds and pupils with different learning and other special needs. All the partner schools recognise the importance of the religious, cultural and social identity of every child and family, these will be shared with all partners during the project. The project will also allow us to provide a European dimension to learning allowing staff and pupils to be exposed to communities that may be more disadvantaged or more advantaged than they are. There will be 8 partners within the project. (Norway, Turkey, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Romania, Portugal and Poland) All the partners are selected according to certain features of theirs like having disadvantaged students (Turkey, Latvia, Romania, Estonia), having disabled students (Poland, Turkey, Portugal), having different social, cultural, economical, academic and developmental backgrounds (all the participating countries) and having experience (Norway, Portugal and Poland.) Interaction will be of great importance throughout our project to let our students raise awareness about democracy, human rights, moral values and respect for "the others". As they keep in close touch, it will become normal for them to have differences around them as well as the similarities. Therefore, we will have five learning, teaching, training activities which will include game tournaments, exhibitions, workshops on games and education "Learning via games", "Taking individual differences into account within their games", "Games today and games in the past" , "Games with toys from recyclable materials" , "Origami", "The effects of games on Child Development", "Games with wooden handmade toys". The activities will be beneficial both for the staff and the pupils. The method of "Game-based learning" will be our guide throughout the project. The students will practice the certain values through games and gain conscious towards them. As a result of our project we expect 3500 people within the borders of our schools and many more around our schools within the neighboring regions and schools to be informed about our project. We hope they will all become people with more of an awareness on democracy, human rights, moral values and respect for "the others" at the end of the project. We will evaluate the results of our project via surveys at the beginning, during and at the end of the project. Believing that the more people we reach, the wider effect our project will gain, we will disseminate the results of our project through many channels like our project website, our schools' websites, local governors' websites, monthly bulletins, the local press, to neighboring schools, staff in our towns, parent associations, university students on work experience and anyone we can reach. That way we aim to create a butterfly effect starting from our own schools and spreading the effect to a wider community. We will also inform the people about Erasmus+ projects to encourage them to carry out similar projects. In conclusion, we aim to have students who are more aware of the democracy, human rights, moral values and who are more respectful to the differences around them. Another thing we aim to get is a school environment which is more student-centered, which supports student-autonomy more and which is enhanced with different teaching methods from different parts of Europe. Letting our school representatives increase their managerial skills will be another result of our project. We also aim to have staff and pupils who are better at using ICT tools and who are better at using the English language. Making our students, staff, parents and managers feel the identity of a European and blending the culture of all the partner countries will be the last but not the least effect of our project.
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