WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Some years ago the school observed how conflict was influencing the students’ daily life. We realised how important it is that schools teach how to solve and most importantly prevent conflicts.
Conflicts usually come as a result of a disagreement among people for different reasons: misunderstanding, force, fear, different values, points of views, goals, personalities.
We decided to take a step forward and initiate the “Observatorio de la convivencia” at our school. It is formed by teachers and appointed students (by their classmates) holds meetings regularly to discuss and solve conflicts.
The observers in each year group are supported by a teacher who guides the communicative process towards the quest of a solution in a productive and positive way.
But we will go one step further, improving our existing approach (“Observatorio de la Convivencia”) by putting the emphasis now on respect to foster social inclusion.
Carrying out the project transnationally all the students will be exposed to different realities at all levels: home, school, city, country and Europe. They will comprehend a wider meaning of diversity.
We will target social inclusion from understanding our diversity (different cultures, traditions, people, religions, languages, family structures), accepting that we are different and seeing differences as an opportunity for enrichment. Teaching young children to understand our diversity and our differences will result in creating respect for each other. We need respect to have a harmonious school where everyone feels included.
Social and educational value of European cultural heritage
We want to engage the school community to discover Europe’s cultural heritage and our common past as this will create a sense of belonging and an European identity for the future.
Promoting the acquisition of skills and competences
We want to bring up open minded students, confident and qualified for future job opportunities in a globalized world. We will give to the students the tools to reach responsible autonomy and solve interpersonal problems and challenges.
all the students will be exposed to different realities at all levels: home, school, city, country and Europe
The project will seek the participation of over 180 teachers (50 directly involved), over 2400 students (100 directly involved) and their families.
During the FIRST YEAR of the project, participants will think about the meaning of the word respect creating a survey for their schools and students will also learn to express their feelings to communicate clearly and be emphatic.
In the SECOND YEAR, the students will deepen their knowledge on the word respect. They will study European history looking for exemplary figures that worked to accomplish peace, research about famous peace activists and do present their findings. The schools will also organise debates centred on values to guide our students in deciding the rules for an inclusive school.
The project MAIN OUTCOME, a compendium with the best practices to give students the tools to solve and prevent problems, will be written and once the Erasmus+ finishes, the most successful activities will be adopted and adapted to implement our current approaches and our schools’ strategic development plans. Communication between schools and students will continue to benefit in the long term from more exchanges.
Last but not least, social inclusion is woven to the fabric of the school. The attitudes and values the students have learnt will lead them to openness to an inclusive society.