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The Voice of Young Europe
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The need for increased European unity is clear within the twenty-first century climate of globalisation and the Youth of today are the ones who are the ones who will be ensuring this for the future. The synergy created by comparing contrasting cultures will stimulate the necessary understanding and cooperation to aid this process. Seven schools will be participating in the project representing the four winds of Europe: Scotland, The Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Turkey, Spain and Italy which will last for three years. During those three years there will be twenty three transnational visits involving approximately four hundred and fifty students and accompanying staff members The main objective of this project is to produce a transferrable learning programme for European Citizenship through cooperation between schools from geographically contrasting European member states and Turkey. The final product: a learning programme for European Citizenship complete with resource tool-box will irreversibly integrated into the respective curriculae of the participating schools, disseminated to networks, teacher training colleges, on open source websites and to the European Committee of Culture and Education. On a school level the project will be investigating how democratic processes work within the countries involved. The participating schools will be investigating the paths and necessary skills involved in policy making in general. Students will also explore the merits and drawbacks of the differing democratic systems at a school, local, national and European level. The result of the cooperation will be an integration of European citizenship into the existing syllabi of school subjects in the respective schools. Mobility on the European employment market will also be investigated as two of our schools are vocational colleges and for the great majority of the students from secondary school, a higher vocational college will be the route followed as they progress past secondary school level. Due to the distance between schools and the necessity for differentiation because of cultural and social differences, there will be an emphasis on blended learning. Integrated blended learning materials will be produced which can be used throughout Europe. It goes without saying that since the lingua franca will be English. During the transnational visits the students will be communicating their ideas on school, local, national and European themes in English. The approach will be purely content based as the communication will be on subjects of policy making. All in all this project will offer all interested parties in the school; from school management to parent and from teachers to students the opportunity to gain a greater insight into and understanding of education in other parts of Europe and the communities in which they operate. The issuing discussions and the wider cultural and physical exchange in general will stimulate mutual understanding of the nature of European citizenship and European unity. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Final note: The training sessions will occur during the transnational visits, so no further costs will be incurred above paying the trainers fees. All short-term learning/teaching/training/activities will take place during transnational visits. For the coordinators expenses have been applied for under ’project implementation’ and for the students under ‘travel costs’. During most of the visits, teachers will be staying in hotels and the students will be accommodated through home-stays except for in Scotland. As advised by the Erasmus+ team, this has been taken into account by requesting funding for a reduced number of students under ‘individual support’ The national Multiplier events will take place in the local schools/communities and have therefore not been included in the fund request. The final presentation of the European Citizenship Learning Programme to CULT in Brussels will be funded from the transnational visit. We are requesting a minimum of funding for this event to cover travel costs. Hopefully, by doing the above we have offered sufficient ‘value for money’. It goes without saying that we are willing to negotiate if this is not the case.

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