The project COLOURS OF EUROPE is started to be implemented
PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute” which represents Lithuania’s vocational rehabilitation and vocational training confederation and started to implement GRUNDTVIG learning partnership project COLOURS OF EUROPE (No. LLP-GRU-MP-2012-LT-00051).
The main aim of our partnership of “Colours of Europe” project is to teach similarities and differences between plenty of European countries’ participants and between European languages. Differences of culture and languages are the facts of life and our project should be one of the best ways which educates people. It educates that cultural differences, national origins, and religious attitudes are the European legacy and all nations together give the opportunity to all project participants become united exactly for these differences. Participants will work in different spheres (geography and nature, history and traditions, tourism, behaviour and usage, intercultural and multicultural education) in represented colours. With this project we want to help learners, teachers, and local people to understand that differences can be a good source of education. The priority of our project is to strengthen learners and teachers for long term education in different spheres of life. While teaching a language, we want to strengthen assimilation skills and to prepare them to work effectively in European community. The project will be organized as a part of organization’s training program and as every day practice, while learning in each institution. Multicultural material will be published widely in the project’s web page.
- The examination of “racism and tolerance”
- Geography and nature (green colour)
- History and traditions (red colour)
- Tourism (pink colour)
- Behaviour and usage (purple colour)
- Intercultural and multicultural education (blue colour)
- The usage of technologies in life (yellow colour)
The aims of partnership:
· To learn about the culture and traditions of partner’s country;
· To identify and to compare European and national values;
· To develop knowledge and perception between learning adults and education participants;
· To improve motivation of learners while learning languages;
· To strengthen study skills acquisition of learners;
· To strengthen intercultural and multicultural education;
· To make education more attractive;
· To help learners to reach the success in their future life;
· To adapt different methods of education and means of education;
· To create an implication of students and staff into a team work;
· To improve the usage of digital equipment of learners and staff (cameras, video projectors, etc.);
· To share with the knowledge and exchange with the experience between older people;
The effect to learners
· They will be able to compare European and national values;
· They will increase their motivation to learn foreign languages;
· They will improve their learning skills;
· They will be able to participate actively in intercultural and multicultural education;
· An ability to improve writing skills while increasing reading and understanding skills;
· While every time learning, they will be informed about their cultural values and national identity in European civic context will be assessed;
The second partners’ meeting of the project COLOURS OF EUROPE
PI “European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute” which represents Lithuania’s vocational rehabilitation and vocational training confederation and participated in COLOURS OF EUROPE project of partner’s meeting (No. LLP-GRU-MP-2012-LT-00051).
The meeting of partners COLOURS OF EUROPE took place in Aydin city of Turkey on 10-13, June. This meeting was held for 4 days and there were 24 people from 6 different partners’ countries: Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, and Lithuania.
On the first meeting day partners presented their activities, which were accomplished until April. Every member presented how they planted a Grundtvig tree, formed working groups and presented to them goals and tasks of their project, they organized photograph exhibitions of beautiful places and geographical objects, environmental management campaigns, etc.
On the next day of the meeting partners were discussing about questions which are connected with the coming meetings, and they have agreed for the date of the next meeting – the meeting will take place on 18-22 June in Romania. Also they evaluated the meeting: members from every country had the opportunity to tell their ideas about all the advantages and disadvantages of the meeting. All participants were given certificates, which confirm their participation. After the official meeting part organizers of this meeting gave to participants the opportunity to get acquainted with the kindergarten. There were planted Grundtvig trees near this object. Later they visited adult learning centre, where students showed to participants their traditional dances.
The third and the fourth day of the meeting were to implement one of the project aims – to get acquainted with partner’s organization’s environment, nature, geography, most visited places of Audin city and it’s region, traditions, and traditional dishes of partners organizations.
The involvement of participants
Learners were involved into everyday work type, in every project active thinking part, which is associated with activity planning. For example: they had chosen the best material for the appearance, places which had to be be fixed, places that had to be seen, etc. Also they took part in the development of the project and in assessments while organising surveys, systematizing results, and arranging texts for publications. They took part in every work which is related to the theme of our project.
Works of art, music, and drama were performed by learners, who were helped by employees. Also there were written emails in foreign languages, written articles for web page, developing ideas, such as tourism or healthy lifestyle, students were allowed to feel like team partners of the project. Learners had to decide about the last structure of DVD. They had arranged Power Point presentations about different parts of the project. Works were performed by students and introduced to other partners of the project and were presented to local press and to TV station.
Students had an opportunity to join in the activities of different projects, such as geography, history, art, and language learning. They were working with groups and they were able to present their work. They were invited to share their ideas with other students and staff, while presenting their work through web camera and live. Learners actively took part in assessment while preparing questionnaires, collecting answers, and working with results.
The final meeting of the project
11-16 June, 2014, there was a last meeting of the project COLOURS OF EUROPE (No. LLP-GRU-MP-2012-LT-00051) during which partners from Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, and Lithuania shared with the last results of this project, discussed about project’s publicity questions, and shared with ideas and insights of last report.
During the meeting partners arranged a “Cultural afternoon”, during which partners exchanged souvenirs, gifts, and traditional food that represents their country.
Like during every meeting, much of attention were focused on cultural activities, which are related to the geography of Italy(Palermo), nature, traditions, history, etc.
At the beginning of this project formed goals were reached and the results were tangible, qualitative, and used. All partners are satisfied with the results of this project and with the fluency of collaboration and the quality of communication.