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Young Voices in the European Democracies
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The background of this Erasmus project according of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the ET2020 Strategy and the Bruges Communiqué, is the youth participation, fostering a sense of citizenship and makes policy processes more transparent and accountable towards young people. At the same time, it helps young people build self-confidence, develop a sense of initiative and acquire and test skills that are relevant for the workplace, such as communication, negotiation or teamwork, in a practical environment: the participation of young people in democratic life in Europe. Forming opinions and taking actions to bring about positive change in society. Raising awareness about EU Citizenship and the rights that go with it or stimulating the active participation of young people in EU policy-making, enabling young people to behave as active, informed citizens; Students will researcher, discover about the history, institutions and democratic process and learn to appreciate differences. Promoting the involvement of more young people in social or school structures like the Students Councils , and Participation in debates: on youth or community issues, written press or youth radio, participating in online discussion foro, writing or following blogs: E-Democracy The overall goal is to support the development of a generation of young people more participative and responsible of their society, who feel that they are vital and integrated members of not only their own countries but also of the European Union and the rest of the world. In addition, to promote take-up of innovative practices in education, training and youth by supporting personalized learning approaches, collaborative learning and critical thinking, strategic use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), open and flexible learning, virtual mobility and other innovative learning methods. Also, to develop basic and transversal skill, digital skills and multilingualism in the field of youth, using innovative and learner-centred pedagogical approaches and developing appropriate assessment and certification methods based on learning outcomes. This project wants to get news synergies between different fields of education, training and youth. The main objective is to make students understand how democracy works on different levels in society and what has been the Democratic history in our countries. To get intercultural competences: Enable them to take an active part in decision-making. We want to practice the Dialogue technique a such a way to improve our mutual understanding and to deep in the Democratic values like equality, freedom, solidarity, respect and how they are getting. Development of active European citizenship, based on collaboration and problem solving in a creative way and inclusive and also to improve our language and communicative skills, practicing English; Practicing teamwork and researching topics by digital tools. Knowing the history, traditions and culture of other European countries. We are a team of 9 Secondary Schools from 9 different countries. The profile of students who will participate is students aged 14-17, secondary school who are interested in the social participation, the collaboration and want to improve social and linguistic skills And the profile of teachers who will participate is a cross team: English, Philosophy, Technology, History, Economy, Computer Sciences, Biology. Principals, European Projects Coordinators, eTwinning ambassadors. In order to develop the project we are going to do different kind of activities: before, during and after of the project. Before/ Management activities: Schedule of the project, Brochures to disseminate the projec, Presentations to disseminate the project to parents, school and all staff, the assessment documents. Developing the project: Trips, Students councils , Researching and presentations, Etwinning Project, Video, Diary, Reporting of the trip, Visiting the main regional Democratic Institution (Regional Parliament), web, blog. After : Survey, assessment documents, Articles . The methodologies to be used in carrying out the project are going to be collaborative, active and participative based on communication and sharing experiences by dialogue. We expect our project to have on students and on the institutions which participate: On students: to build their opinions and ideas about the Democratic process and institutions to become in active European citizen. Improving the English, digital, communication and cultural skills and also to learn collaborative ways to work. On teachers: Material AICLE to incorporate a Multilingual approach, Increased cooperation between all levels of education. The potential longer term benefits will be getting basic attitudes for our future as active European citizenship based on communication and dialogue in resolving problems , building opinions and to be aware about our behaviors and their consequences, making responsible choices.
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