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THE PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT

The main aim of the project was to make the 6 partner schools from Austria, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Italy, Slovakia and Turkey ecologically, socially and economically sustainable schools. With pupils from the six partner countries being at the focus of the project, teachers helped to develop concrete actions to transform each partner school into an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable place for all participants.

Starting with the Austrian program ÖKOLOG the project concentrated on finding out whether there are similar national programs in the other partner countries. Similarities and differences were analysed. The results of this analysis were the basis for special activity packages developed for each partner school. Our mutual goal was the implementation of these measures by all partner schools. In order to achieve this goal there were workshops which were focused on the pupils, enabling them to contribute ideas and put them to good use. Fostering their social AND their language competence aimed at preparing the pupils as much as possible for their future career.

Know-how-transfer in ICT also played a vital role. How do I present such important topics as ecology, sustainability and international programs in English? How do I design a project website which will regularly publish the results of the school partnership? The pupils from the 6 countries developed topics for this website.

In addition, an agreement has been reached between all the partners that the pupils should live with families in the relevant partner countries, thus getting to know the people and the culture of the partner country. This also helped to improve their English knowledge significantly. A further important aim of the project was the mobility of many pupils who have never left their home countries before.

Sustainability was not only the topic of this school partnership but also an important aspect of our cooperation in this partnership. European cooperation and the European Union were visible and could be personally experienced. This was a very valuable asset for our work with young people from 6 European countries. With young people demanding concrete activities, concrete results and experiences, the slogan “We are Europe” has come to life and has been understood. This also has a long lasting positive effect on their European awareness. “We are Europe” is no longer just a slogan but has become reality for many pupils from six different European countries.