Project idea Erasmus+
European identities in the past, the present and the future
Preview: After the financial crisis, the dispute over asylum policy and the impending Brexit, the European Union is more concerned than ever about what holds the individual Member States together and links them to a single union. Especially for young people, for whom the horrors of the two world wars are past history, who only know Europe without borders and who grew up in relative prosperity, the search for the traces of common history and identity is important. Only by becoming aware of one's own identity and recognizing common values European youth can succeed in further developing and successfully shaping the European project. That is why we have chosen a project that deals with identities in Europe.
Possible project goals:
Strengthening of intercultural competence
Promotion of language skills
Change of perspective and awareness of one’s national and European identity
Development of media literacy
Strengthening of self-competence through the organization of the stays
Development of social competence through cooperation in international teams
Awareness of European values
Possible project result:
On the basis of the following task: "Present different identities in Europe with the help of photographs and videos and design an exhibition", a documentation is created containing 20 photographs and audio documents, which will be selected carefully after the end of all mobilities.
Possible project schedule:
About 20 students from 4 countries aged 15-18 will participate. The project period is 2 years. The coordinating school is Heinrich-Böll-Gymnasium Saalfeld. Consequently, Heinrich-Böll-Gymnasium submits the project application to the national agency, the partner schools provide additional work by describing the specific content for their period as hosts.
Each school organizes a stay of about 7 days. The partner schools send 6-8 different students per mobility and 2 teachers. The students are accommodated in host families. In addition to cultural activities, work on the project theme is the focus of every mobility. To do this, the hosts must select 3 locations or events on European identity in the past, the present and the future in the preparatory phase and organize the actions. This preparation is done by the students of the host country. The guests document their perspective of these places with photos and videos. At the end of each mobility, five of these perspectives should be selected. Here, similarities and differences of identities should be addressed. In addition, the students should justify their selection in an interview, which can be integrated into the exhibition with the help of the QR code. In order to carry out the actions, it is necessary to prepare the pupils for their technical and content preparation in advance of the mobilities.
Finally, the exhibition will be presented in Klaipėda in an appropriate framework by young people from the participating countries. Subsequently, the result will be presented as a traveling exhibition from school to school.