Intercultural Travelling European Road-crossing (I.T.E.R.)
Lifelong learning programme COMENIUS
Intercultural Travelling European Road-crossing
The I.T.E.R project has as objective to stir up the awareness of a European citizenship in the students and their families through an interdisciplinary and diachronic path that highlights the flows of men, ideas and goods in Europe.
Through a new and creative approach, the students will examine the historical stratification that has determined the “European citizen", and also consider how he is not only the result of European policies of the EU but the result of cultural stratifications.
Only observing the flux of movements of men and the nature of their travelling our students will understand as the European have always moved in a wide space, and they will also discover that culture, arts, techniques goods and customs have always travelled with men and are similar even in very distant places. Discovering common peculiarities, the students will overcome ethnic stereotypes according to which their culture is better than that of the others and will learn to cooperate with different people. The activities in the partnership will be important to foster the students' knowledge both in mother tongue and foreign language(s). In order to improve ways of "learning to learn" as well as extending social and civic competence among students, we will develop cultural awareness and intercultural dialogue by transnational cooperation and exchange. As a result all the people involved, students, families, teachers, will improve their feeling of European citizenship, their respect of differences, civil responsibility, tolerance.
By promoting and creating multimedia contents for e-learning units both teachers and students will gain digital competence. These will give students the opportunity to participate in innovating experiences as well as in a multinational network.
There are many reasons why to take part in an Comenius project but the most important one is that having joined other Comenius Project, we have been able to understand the importance of cooperation among teachers and students all over Europe. This is not only to reach a moment of intercultural understanding but also to evaluate and highlight the importance of each culture inside our federation. Discovering common peculiarities ,the students will overcome ethnic stereotypes according to which their culture is better than that of the others and will learn to cooperate with different people.
The planning creative approach is fundamental to reach the objective of a lively citizenship ,so as to make our students live a common European history and overcome the narrow limits between competence and knowledge to get to a social European dimension.
The Comenius programme focuses on the first phase of education, from pre-school and primary to secondary schools. It is relevant for all members of the education community: pupils, teachers, local authorities, parents’ associations, non-government organisations, teacher training institutes, universities and all other educational staff.