The project “Let’s learn together” (NPJR-2017/10087) will enable the students of Baltic and North countries to analyse and deal with a current problem in today’s life – the qualitative free time of teenagers and their motivated participation in it. One of the main tasks of school is to educate the person who is responsible for his nation, its culture and integration into the global culture. However, modern students, especially teenagers, are out of touch with the culture and history of their country, because the most popular form to spend their free time nowadays is a computer or a TV that focuses on TV shows. Participating in the project students will make a research on how teenagers spend their leisure time at school and in the country; they will compare the results with neighbouring countries; students will also seek meaningful leisure forms that promote personal development, curiosity and willingness to learn more. Within the project we will seek to deepen students’ understanding of the country’s cultural values, diversity and similarities; to help students to acquire basic life skills and competences necessary for personal development in order to become an active citizen in Europe. There will be 3 mobilities during the project. Participants will go to the 2 mobilities. They will get acquainted with youth culture and leisure forms in partners’ countries, they will also create promotional videos “Inspire. Encourage. Support. (IES)” These movies will be to encourage young people to think about a meaningful leisure time, to introduce the possibilities to act actively and meaningfully. Students will organize movie reviews and discussions at their schools. Students participating in the mobility will attend the native languages and literature lessons to become familiar with the origin of languages of the project countries and will compare it with their native language. Through a variety of creative and collaborative activities students will make a vocabulary and will learn a few phrases in the other two languages. Project activities will be integrated into the learning process – English and their native languages, music, dance lessons. Teachers’ international cooperation will provide an opportunity to share best practices through educational innovations and effective teaching methods.
We have chosen Nordplus Junior program, because the aims that are offered by the program correspond with our aims. An international cooperation is very important in order to achieve common objectives, and their implementation is important for all partners. It is important to understand their nation’s identity in the context of globalization, along with the understanding other people’s cultural and linguistic diversity and importance; encouraging young people to take interest in other cultures and learn the Baltic and Nordic languages. Sharing the field of education is very relevant, because all countries are faced with similar problems, so the collaboration will make easier to find effective and innovative ways to motivate students to learn and spend their free time in a meaningful way, to enable young people to become active and public-minded people. The project objective will be pursued implementing the curricula: during the English, native languages and art lessons students not only improve their foreign and mother tongue languages, but also by doing creative tasks they’ll practically contribute to solve youth problems.
AIMS AND CONTRIBUTION
The main benefit of this project is collaboration between students from different countries from the North and the Baltic areas. The cooperation is also very important from the point of knowledge transfer and sharing best practice in using unique cultural heritage in leisure time activities. It will foster and develop interpersonal relationships and knowledge of Nordic and Baltic languages. Each school participating in the project has its own strengths. Each organization will initiate changes in their schools, will create a favorable environment for the emotional exchange ideas, present their educational systems, to offer to improve their partners and educational spaces, tools, a variety of methods. We teach each other and learn from each other. The administration of each school will ensure their support on any level, throughout the project’s working.
THE EXPECTED OUTCOME RELATED TO THE AIMS OF THE PROJECT:
FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING IN THE PROJECT
The participating institutions will have long-term effects and benefits:
- deepen knowledge about the Baltic and Nordic countries and traditions, respect them and value;
- improve language learning motivation;
- be more interested in youth problems;
- acquire teamwork skills;
- acquire problem-solving experience;
- become more creative;
- have the opportunity to strengthen their national identity;
- improve the use of IT skills;
- be able to present their work at school and for the local community.
- broaden their world outlook, will have the opportunity to work in an international team;
- learn new teaching methods;
- be motivated to learn languages;
- be able to share their experience and best practices;
- develop task-solving and activity planning skills;
- acquire intercultural skills;
- learn about the educational systems of partner countries;
- make new personal relationships.
- start a closer cooperation with the school;
- understand the importance to learn other languages;
- gain valuable experience in the implementation of international Nordplus Junior project;
- acquire new partners for cooperation in education;
- acquire an innovative approach to training process;
- improve the school’s image at the international level.
FOR OTHERS – NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE PROJECT
Teachers and students of school, city and country, who are not directly involved in the project, will learn about the opportunities for international cooperation, will acquire the intercultural skills, and will be able to use the methodological material. That effect can be both short-term and long-term; it will depend on the level of interest and motivation.