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YOUTHTOPIA 2020

ERASMUS +    “YOUTHTOPIA 2020”

Liceo Erasmo da Rotterdam  has a proud  record of participation in many E.U. awareness programmes. In the past 20 years we have in fact promoted great interest in the European Union with programmes including  Comenius,  Erasmus+ Projects, cultural exchanges and last year one of our classes was selected to take part in a Euroscola Day at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

This year our school was lucky enough to  be awarded a grant to take part in a new Erasmus+ project which will take place over a two-year period.

Erasmus+  provides European schools with funded opportunities to engage in international activities with lasting benefits for both teachers and students, enhancing international cooperation and fostering innovation in education.

Working with schools from different countries also gives students and teachers the opportunity to practice foreign languages and increases their motivation towards language learning.

As far as pupils are concerned, the project also aims to significantly increase their sociocultural competence through structured study visits to the partner schools.

Also Staff in each of the partner schools will have the opportunity to travel and experience other educational systems  first hand by visiting classes at each of the 4 transnational meetings.

The new project stems from previous Comenius Projects  and started with a Preparatory Meeting held at our school last year in November . A new school has joined the original team and the present partnership includes schools  from Bulgaria, France, Spain, The Netherlands and Turkey.

The title of the two-year project is “YOUTHTOPIA 2020” and stems from the term “Utopia”

In Greek Utopia means “No place”. For this reason it has usually been defined as an ideally perfect place which in real life is very difficult to achieve, an imaginary world where  social justice is achieved as well as the principles that could guarantee it (as in “Utopia” by. Thomas More). Utopia thus symbolizes people’s hopes and dreams.

YOUTHTOPIA, as a result, refers to the perfect world, as  imagined by our students

For the duration of the project, the students of  the 6 partner schools will work together on this common theme

With their history teachers they will read some pages from Thomas Moore’s “Utopia” and learn about both failed and successful utopian projects and during the English lessons they will deal with utopia and dystopia in English literature.  Other teachers will cooperate dealing with some aspects related to the theme of the project

As the project includes 4 transnational meetings each time the emphasis will be on different aspects:

  1. Education
  2. Employment
  3. sustainability
  4. fight against social exclusion

Before each meeting  the students will be involved in research about the chosen  aspect, they will discuss possible problems, trying to work out solutions  and to imagine and explain what a perfect community means to them.

They will exchange  materials and ideas also  through etwinning,  an online community of schools that provides a forum for staff and students to collaborate across borders

During the meetings they will exchange ideas with their partners and together design their own utopian world by creating both a virtual city using  innovative technology and a physical model .

Updates will be posted here as this project unfolds!

Silvia Paglierini, Project Coordinator

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1st international meeting: Pazarzik 11- 17 December 2016

2nd international meeting: Logroño 1-7 May 2017

Partner Schools

LICEO STATALE ERASMO DA ROTTERDAM Sesto San Giovanniit http://www.erasmosesto.gov.it
ZERNIKE COLLEGE  Groningennl http://www.zernike.nl
LYCEE POLIVALENT REGIONAL MARLIOZ  Aix Les Bainsfr http://www.ac-grenoble.fr/lycee/marlioz.aix/Guppy
COLEGIO SAN JOSE’   Logoronoes http://www.logrono.maristasiberica.es
ODTU G.V. OZEL NIGDE ORTAOKULU   Nigdetr  http://nigdeodtu.k12.tr
EZIKOVA GIMNAZIA BERTOLT BRECHT  Pazardzhik
bg
http://egbb.org