IES El Valle (The Valley) is located in, Hinojos, a municipality in the province of Huelva with around 4,000 inhabitants and an area of 321 km2. More than its two thirds are located within the National and Natural Parks of Doñana. The economy of Hinojos is of an agricultural nature, there is also an industrial estate with various companies, such as cosmetics, the development of scouring pads or packaging of olives.
Our high-school is a little one. There are 141 students, between 12 and 16 years old, 24 teachers and 4 non teachers employees. We have 7 classes in total plus one class with 3 students that need special education. There are several programs and projects that are being carried out: the Bilingual Project (parts of some subjects are taught in English, such as in the subjects of Music, Science and History), Gender Equality Project, Coexistence project and Library Project among others.
Karstula Lukio (Karstula Upper Secondary School) has about 100 students among the 16-18 years and 14 teachers. The institute was founded in 1956 in the same building as the Karstula Primary School (Karstula Primary School, where levels 7 to 9 to 140 are taught students. Most teachers work in both schools and the entire staff is very large committed to the students knowing their roots. Skills that older people it will be very important for the future of young people. The Kenyan Citizens Have a Lot to teach. It is important that our students spend fewer hours with computers and mobile phones and take back crafts, traditional music, instruments, handicrafts, as well as traditional garments and meals. Our traditions offer a wide range of very healthy activities for mental and physical health. We believe this project offers great possibilities for activities to be done to our primary school pupils and especially secondary. The key people are the music teachers, Johanna Valkeinen, Olli Oikari, the plastic professor, Heini Tenokoski, Annemari Takkala and economics professor, Outi Vesalainen. Karstula Upper Secondary Schoolk has once participated in an Erasmus project and we have experienced teachers. Central Finland is far from the heart of Europe and we believe which is very good for our pupils who learn about the united Europe to which they belong to students and teachers from other countries to learn about Finland. Many of our students already participate in sports, theatrical, artistic, related activities with economic studies and with this project they can also work in the institute.
The name of our school is “Ploutarcheio” 4th Gymnasium of Livadeia and it is located in mainland of Greece in the city of Livadeia capital of Viotia Prefecture with 26.000 inhabitants and 120 Km north of Athens. The beautiful and famous from mythology river Erkyna passing through the city. The area is more agricultural and partially industrial. There is a rich historical and archeological background along with natural monuments and beauties around our city that we often visit in school excursions. Students are between the age of 12-15 and we are a public school. We have 28 teachers and serve 280 students that all follow the general compulsory education as a junior high school in Greece. All students have English as their first foreign language. The second is French or German. For the last two years we host refugee students from Syria and Iraq that never exceed 10%. Apart from the refugees we have for many years now immigrant students from Balkan, Eastern European and Asian countries. We, teachers, are asked to work in a multicultural environment and try to understand cultures that are sometime unknown to us. We occasionally use methods of experiential learning as a cross cultural technique to reach knowledge through experience. Our origins and heritage is lost in the ancient history and our culture is a combination of factors that have been affected by our philosophy of life.
Henri Coanda Theoretical Highschool is a complex school unit: 61 classes from the primary to secondary and high school classes. There are 1100 students altogether. Out of the 623 students who attend highschool, a number of 147 come from disadvantaged groups. It is THE ONLY HIGHSCHOOL OF THE AREA with a very attractive offer for the upper secondary education: humanistic profile – philology and intensive English classes and scientific profile – mathematical-computer science and nature sciences. 100 employees work in the high school.
90% of the pupils coming from disadvantaged groups (financial difficulties, single parent families, one or both parents left abroad , rural areas, pupils with ESCs ) are targeted primarily in programs, projects, activities that aim at developing an inclusive school that encourages their personal and professional development.
We are consistently concerned with updating strategies and techniques of teaching – learning – evaluation, encouraging integrated learning. In addition, we think that switching from cognitive, social, relational, and then emotional competences is an important step in acquiring more skills than the adult life challenges: adaptive skills. Awareness of one’s own and others’ feelings, assuming, free and open expression, empathic abilities, the ability to face obstacles, frustrations and conflicts and the ability to solve them creatively – all these are anchors in the development of student resilience and adaptability.
By working on this project students from our school, together with the partner schools students, will learn to help each other,promote volunteering, consider benefits of teamwork and present outcomes.Moreover, the school drives as motivation developing an understanding of similarities and differences between different cultures, lifestyles and way of thinking of participating countries. As a result of the intense cooperation within the project, the participants will actually experience direct benefits and develop a deeper sense of the European community and collaboration.
The team will be coordinated by:Dobre Sonia , English teacher, participated in Comenius Multilateral projects, Erasmus KA2 Strategic Partnership, member in theSchool Commission for European Projects and Partnerships, coordinator of the Erasmus+ School Exchange Partnership.
All the activities will be monitored by Mihaela Brumar, headteacher of Henri Coanda Theoretical High School, EUROPASS Promoter in Romania, with extensive experience in implementing European projects and a teacher trainer for European projects.
All the activities will be coordinated by Camen Adi Simona, teacher,responsible of the School Commission for European Projects- in this position she initiated and coordinated a lot of extracurricular activities at school and county level, being a counselor and expert in many european projects.
The financial management of the project will be carried out by the school accountant, who keeps track of all the European projects within the school.
All the teachers involved in the project are permanent occupants of their positions within the school. Should any of them leave the team, The Comission for European projects will provide prepared teachers ready to fill in the missing posts.