CEIP Salamanca from Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Coordinator: Mrs. Reyes San Martín Cruz
Our school is located in the city peripheries. It is made up of 15 teachers and about 220 students. It is an Infant and Primary School so we have students from 3 until 12 years old. The families´ socio cultural level is middle-low class and we sometimes do not have the necessary families support to carry out many activities developed in our school. Unemployment has become one of the main problems in this area and that is reflected in our students´ academic outcomes due to the lack necessary equipment, in most of the cases.
In recent years, Tenerife has received a large number of immigrants from Latin America and consequently we have in our school a considerable number of students from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Russian, Chinese, Romanian, Brazilian students. In this sense, our students are very conscious about an education for equality, accepting each different culture and showing interest in learning about new ways of life.
Our school is daily used to deal with digital equipment and all our classrooms are equipped with projectors controlled by individual laptops. We reinforce our students the ICT teaching and learning.
Scoala Gimnaziala Maria Rosetti from BUCHAREST
Coordinator: Mrs.Emanuela Popescu
School Gimnaziala Maria Rosetti it's a public school placed in a district of Bucharest with a stable population formed mostly by middle-class families. The school has near 700 pupils from 6 - 15 years old and 40 teachers; there is a little number of pupils with special needs, migrants, refugees, but has a great number of pupils belonging to different ethnic communities (Armenian, Macedonian, Rroma, Jewish) and different religions (orthodox, Greco-catholic, Romano-catholic, muslin, mosaic and others).
We have a good experience on management of national and international school projects being partners and coordinators. In the last years we participated in projects with intercultural topic which had a great impact and success in our school in cooperation with different partners from our country or abroad. This projects involved a great number of pupils and a lot of activities inside and outside of school. We consider that it is very important and useful to share and exchange our experience by participate in European project with other European schools by sharing the different curricula and methods of teaching and learning. The school is good at usage of digital equipment and they have quite well success in ICT teaching and learning. Classrooms are also equipped with projectors controlled from a computer or a laptop.
Sultantepe Ortaokulu from Istanbul
Sultantepe Ortaokulu is the secondary school in İstanbul. It is located near the Bosphorus in Usküdar in Istanbul. Sultantepe Ortaokulu is the one of the oldest school in Istanbul. Sultantepe Ortaokulu was established in 1901. Sultantepe Ortaokulu has 60 teachers and two deputies, one headmaster.It has about 900 students ranging at the age of 10-13 years old. There is an auditorium and a gym. There are co-curriculars activities in Sultantepe Ortaokulu. They are dance team,handball teams, and more than 10 clubs in Sultantepe Ortaokulu.
We have some experiences about the international projects. We have worked with different countries for international projects so far. We joined Comenius and etwinning projects. Also we have two sister schools from Macedonia and Azerbaijan. Besides the provision of formal education acts on the following fields:
- advocating for the protection of the rights of children and mothers in situations of risk and emigrants;
- encouragement of international scholarship and exchange teachers and pupils experience;
- promoting the use of ICT and multimedia-materials with the educational purposes and services.
Also our main objective is the permanent teacher training.
We are a state lower secondary school in Starachowice. Our town is located halfway between Poland's two biggest cities - Warsaw and Cracow, in a region of one of the oldest mountains in Europe, Świętokrzyskie Mountains (Holy Cross Mountains). Our school has got 241 pupils, aged 13-15, and 32 teachers. The school is located in the newest district of our town and it is combined with a kindergarten, a primary school and a modern sports hall. Our students are very good at sports, especially basketball and volleyball. We have classes that specialize in sports and classes for students with special needs. Our pupils learn three languages - English, German and recently Russian, although English is the leading one.
Majority of our students come from underprivileged families, where low pay or unemployment is rapidly becoming a barrier hindering their ability to fully take advantage of social, cultural and educational resources and preventing young people from accessing higher education altogether. Some years ago our town was home to the largest truck manufacture in the country which was the driving force behind town's economy, not only providing employment to the residents, but also supporting many other nearby businesses. Sadly, with the demise of the industry most of its workers found themselves in a desperate financial situation, which had a direct effect on young people's functioning, perspectives, basic living skills and competence.
Therefore, our teaching process concentrates on equalizing educational opportunities. The school offers a wide range of obligatory and optional classes encouraging students to develop their interests and abilities. We attach a lot of weight to teaching and learning foreign languages, seeing it as a key to integration between different nations and cultures.
IC5 Bologna from Bologna
School IC5 is a public school placed in a district of Bologna with a mixed population of Italians and immigrants belonging to different social classes. The school has near 1100 pupils from 3 - 14 years old and about 120 teachers; about 50% of the students has foreign origins from different regions of the world (mostly from Asia, Africa and East Europe). This peculiar aspect allows a continuous comparison among religions, traditions, different foods and life styles. Our school is divided into sections for Children aged 3-5, Primary School (6-10 years old) and Secondary School of First Grade (11-14 years old).
The study of food and healthy eating is deeply developed in the classes of 12 years old students (approximately 120 pupils per year).
In the last years the school took part into several projects of Citizens and Civil Convivence Education, Journalism, Contrast to Early School leaving, Technical and Practical Labs and Certification of Linguistic Competences in English and French. The school provides Informatic labs and Interactive blackboards with Internet Connection in all the classrooms.
SOU "Vladimir Komarov" is a general public school situated on the outskirts of Veliko Tarnovo, in a neighbourhood inhabited by working class families mostly. There are 232 students in the school from the age of 7 to 19, and 23 teachers. In addition to the sunny classrooms, the school has 3 classrooms equipped with computers for the students to study IT, an especially designed room for the pupils from the 1st to the 4th grade to have lunch in, a small library, a gym and a very good volleyball team.
In our school we have several students with special needs and also the students belong to different ethnic groups (Bulgarian, Turkish, Rroma) and different religions (Orthodox, Islam).
Due to the relatively high unemployment certain number of people who live in the neighborhood are compelled to seek and earn a living abroad and thus some of our students live with their grandparents which implies some emotional issues. That's why taking part in such a project will make our students feel Europe closer, see our continent as an united community and themselves, their parents and their families as a small part of that community. Also our students almost never have the opportunity to travel abroad and such a project will allow them to get in touch with foreign cultures, make friends there and thus enrich their lives.