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Imagine

15th September 2016- 14th September 2018

Project IMAGINE is a project funded by the Erasmus+ programme and is focused on promoting equality, tolerance and human rights. It will be implemented during two years by six high schools from Croatia, Sweden, Italy, France, Spain and Romania.

More about the project

I = impartiality
M=magnanimity
A= altruism
G= good-heartedness
I= idealism
N=nobility
E=equality

Project goals:

  • Raising awareness for the subject of (in)equality for different (minority) groups
  • Promoting tolerance, empathy and open-mindedness
  • Teaching basic human rights
  • Taking responsibility
  • Active citizenship
  • Encouraging critical thinking
  • Encouraging most suitable candidates for the teaching profession
  • Encouraging reading
  • Improving reading and speaking skills
  • Improving English language skills through direct communication in English
  • Improving IT skills

Methods used:

  • Reading and discussing books
  • Watching and discussing films
  • Presentation
  • Quiz
  • Interview
  • Debate
  • Filming video
  • Writing (poetry, prose)
  • Photography
  • Pedagogical workshop
  • Drawing /Painting
  • Role playing

  • Acting
  • Volunteering
  • Visiting relevant local/ regional/national governmental and non-governmental institutions
  • Attending relevant events outside school (exhibitions, concerts, gatherings, lectures)

Structure of the activities

The activities are divided into 6 modules:
  • 1. Let’s meet
  • 2. Let’s focus on gender
  • 3. Let’s focus on religion
  • 4. Let’s focus on other groups with fewer opportunities
  • 5. Let’s focus on origin
  • 6. Let’s focus on language

Each module has four crucial steps:


1. LEARN! Learn about yourself (and the situation in your community/ country) and learn about others (the situation in other communities/ countries).
2. RECOGNIZE! Recognize (potential) problems/issues in your community and potential solutions.
3. TEACH! Teach your peers how to recognize and act in questionable/ problematic situations.
4. ACT! Do something to help your community.

PROJECT RESULTS

Booklet

This booklet contains the selection of workshops from each module. Workshops can be used individually or as a set for implementing a program in civic education that focuses on tolerance and equality. All the booklets are free to download and to use.

Books & Movies

This presentation contains recommendations for books and movies on the topic of tolerance and equality.

Posters

This presentation contains the posters created within the project that focus on prominent individuals in promoting tolerance, equality and human rights.

Artwork

The following artwork will show you how you can approach a topic of civil education in a creative and innovative way. It is a form of learning through doing and experience. It can really make participants think deeply about the subject matter they focus on and it can make them more sympathetic and emotionally involved in the process.

Living the values

The presentation contains some of the examples of students participating in the life of their local community.

Feedback from the students

The presentation contains the results of an online survey carried out at the end of the project.

Croatia

Town: Đurđevac
Name of the school: Gimnazija Dr. Ivana Kranjčeva
School size: 170 students
School type: academic
School website: www.gimnazija-ikranjceva-djurdjevac.skole.hr
Project coordinator: Ana Huzjak
Module: Let’s meet
Transnational meeting: 7th -13th November 2016

During the first transnational meeting, the teams presented their members and mainly focused on the methodology and techniques of implementing pedagogical workshops. For the first module, the students had to prepare a presentation / video about their team, school and country. They also had to read the book “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” and watch the movie “Divergent”.

Sweden

Town: Boden
Name of the school: Björknäsgymnasiet
School size: 1100 students
School type: academic and vocational
School website: www.boden.se
Project coordinator: Kristina Bergdahl
Module: Let’s focus on gender
Short students’ exchange: 30th January- 3rd February 2017

There were 22 guest students participating in the first students’ exchange. As a preparation for the exchange, they had to read the book “Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay and watch the movie “Made in Dagenham”. They also watched five speeches about gender equality. During the week the students spent with their Swedish hosts, the students implemented 6 and demonstrated 6 pedagogical workshops which focused on promoting gender equality. The students also presented the posters about prominent figures who fought for gender equality and also presented their national laws focused on the same topic. Their final activity was discussing the mentioned laws in small groups with immigrant students from Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and other countries. The meeting ended with a concert in which all the students and teachers created an international choir, singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” and U2’s “Pride”.

Italy

Town: Palermo
Name of the school: ITE Marco Polo
School size: 1500 students
School type: vocational (tourism)
School website: www.ittmarcopolo.org
Project coordinator: Rossella Celestri
Module: Let’s focus on religion
Short students’ exchange: 8th May- 13th May 2017

The students spent 5 days in ITE Marco Polo in Palermo, Italy. During those five days their focal topic was equality of religions. Before the meeting the students read the book “Racism explained to my daughter” by Tahar Ben Jelloun and watched a movie “Serial bad weddings”. The students prepared pedagogical workshops on the topic of religion equality and implemented them with their fellow students. They also explored the city, which is a crossroads between different cultures and religions (Jewish, Islamic, Christian), that lived together in peace during several centuries, and left significant marks in in the field of art, architecture, culture, custom and gastronomy. The cohesion of different cultures and religions is particularly visible on the Arab-Norman route, which has been added to the List of World Heritage by UNESCO. The students also visited the Reception Center for immigrants “Astalli”. The “Astalli Centre” is a voluntary association, part of the branch network of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy. At the end of the student exchange, everyone attended an ecumenical event with representatives of the three greatest religions.

France

Town: Dijon
Name of the school: Lycée International Charles De Gaulle
School size: 1000 students
School type: academic
School website: www.lycee-europeencdg.eu
Project coordinator: Catherine Bourgin
Module: Let’s focus on other groups with fewer opportunities
Short students’ exchange: 16th – 20th October 2017

During this meeting the students spent 5 days in Lycée International Charles De Gaulle in Dijon, France. During those five days their focal topic was equality for people with fewer opportunities. The direct focus was on the poor, the disabled, the LGBTQ groups and people with learning difficulties. Before visiting their peers in Dijon, the students read the book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio and watched the movie “Intouchables”.
The students had prepared pedagogical workshops on the topic of equality for people with fewer opportunities and implemented them with their fellow students in Dijon. Each group also presented their national laws regarding the protection of the people with fewer opportunities as well as their posters of one such person who impressed them in some way. The students also attended a para-sport activity (basketball in wheelchairs) at Gymnase Boivin. They also did volunteer work at a local school kitchen managed by 'Les Restos du Coeur', a French charity founded by stand-up comedian Coluche in 1985, whose aim is to provide free meals to those who cannot afford them.

Spain

Town: Antequera
Name of the school: IES Pedro Espinosa
School size: 1100 students
School type: academic and vocational
School website: www.iespedroespinosa.es
Project coordinator: Alberto Herrera Ortiz
Module: Let’s focus on origin
Short students’ exchange: 19th -23rd February 2018

The teams spent 5 days in IES Pedro Espinosa in Antequera, Spain. During those five days their focal topic was equality of people, regardless of their origin. Prior to the meeting, the students read the book “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi and watched a movie “Ae Fond Kiss”. After implementing the workshops they had prepared at home, the teams also learned about the culture of Andalusia and explored its ethnical specificities. At home, the students from all partner countries prepared presentations related to their national laws which deal with the rights of minorities and immigrants. The students also visited a charitable organisation called „Antequera Solidaria“ which helps immigrants with their inclusion in the society. Furthermore, the teams visited Cordoba, a town which reflects the co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish culture. The students also attended a Flamenco concert since Flamenco music and dancing are the main artistic exponent of Roma people in Spain and are listed as UNESCO non-material world heritage.

Romania

Town: Bucharest
Name of the school: Liceul Teoretic "Mihail Sadoveanu"
School size: 580 students
School type: academic
School website: www.msadoveanu.ro
Project coordinator: Teodora Mitrache
Module: Let’s focus on language
Transnational meeting and short students’ exchange: 14th-18th May 2018

The students spent 5 days in Bucharest, in the partner school Liceul teoretic Mihail Sadoveanu. They prepared for the meeting by reading a book “Vicious: True Stories by Teens about Bullying” and watching the movie “Freedom Writers”. During the exchange the students implemented and analysed 6 pedagogical workshops, as in all the other exchanges. The workshops where focused on the topic of language. They also presented their national laws or some special linguistic features. Additionally, the students visited the Romanian parliament. This second transnational meeting was held with the aims of summarizing the achieved goals, creating the outline for the booklet, agreeing on the design of the booklet and arranging specific events for dissemination of the booklet. During that meeting the teachers created an online evaluation survey for the students and for the teachers that assessed the satisfaction of the project participants and provided guidelines for improvement. They summarized all the activities and discussed our satisfaction with the implementation of the project. Furthermore, the teachers selected the best workshops for the booklet, edited the workshops and prepared them for publishing.

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