Willkommen bei dem Erasmus+ Projekt ESEC

Willkommen auf der Website des Erasmus+ Projektes “Empowering Students to European Citizenship – ESEC”. Diese Website hat zwei Ziele: Zunächst soll sie als Plattform dienen, um Informationen über unser Projekt in der EU zu verbreiten. Das ESEC Projekt ist für alle weiterführenden Schulen geeignet – von Schweden bis Zypern und von Estland bis Portugal. Darüber hinaus wird diese Website von den beteiligten Partnern – also Schülern und Lehrern – als E-Community genutzt. 

Da die Auszeichnung ERASMUS+ Projekt von der Europäischen Kommission verliehen wird, möchte ich mich an dieser Stelle, auch im Namen der Partner, bei allen Mitgliedsstaaten für ihre finanzielle Unterstützung dieses Projektes recht herzlich bedanken. Es ist großartig Teil der europäischen Union zu sein und damit Gelder für die Entwicklung von neuen, innovativen Konzepten des Wissenserwerbs für Schüler und Lehrer zu generieren.
 
Alle Dokumente, die aus diesem Projekt entstehen, werden frei und kostenlos zugänglich sein und sollen in Form von intellektuellen Outputs mit anderen Lehrern und Institutionen der europäischen Union geteilt werden. Diese intellektuellen Outputs basieren auf den Qualifikationen, die im 21. Jahrhundert für Schüler notwendig sind, Europäischen Werten, wissenschaftlicher Forschung, den Ergebnissen aus den professionellen Lernzuwachsgemeinschaften (Professional Learning Communities – PLCs) und den Erkenntnissen aus dieser E-Community.
 
Wir laden auch alle Nachbarn der europäischen Union dazu sein, die Ergebnisse unserer Arbeit zu teilen. Wir würden uns sehr freuen, unsere Erkenntnisse mit Kollegen und Kolleginnen von Russland bis Marokko und von Island bis Aserbaidschan und aus dem Nahen Osten zu teilen. Ich lade sie hiermit recht herzlich ein, sich unsere Website anzusehen und unsere Dokumente zu nutzen. 

Falls Sie Fragen haben, nehmen Sie gerne mit uns Kontakt auf! Wir möchten noch darauf hinweisen, dass im Jahr 2017 eine Abschlusskonferenz stattfinden wird, auf der wir unsere Ergebnisse präsentieren werden.

Lang Lebe Erasmus+!

André VAN DER BLOM M.ed.
Program Manager ERASMUS+
SCOL – Bonaventuracollege
Leiden
Niederlande 

Empowering Students to European Citizenship

Schools educate and equip their students for a rapidly changing "global world", in which boundaries blur and networks multiply. This "global world" is increasingly facing new challenges: changing societies, divergent cultures, economic disparities between and within continents, migration, armed conflicts and large numbers of refugees as a result, the influence of "other" religions and ideologies other than traditional. These challenges give rise to uncertainty, sometimes cause anxiety and put traditional western (European) values to the proof, such as universal human rights, constitutional freedoms, tolerance, preventing and combating discrimination.

As institutes of education, schools (and their teachers) face new tasks: how do we equip pupils to prepare and qualify themselves for their role in this globalized society?

In most Western European countries, school programs are strongly adapted to the realization of standardized cognitive and routine skills and standards with fixed curricula and a standard set of subjects. The "global world" on the other hand calls for skills that are not based on routine and cognition, but on empathy, anticipation, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, it is increasingly important that future members of the "global world" , future Europeans, hence current students, are aware of norms and values in a global society and are able to form opinions, speak out  and constructively take part in the civil “discourse”.

But how can teachers equip their students? What could be their contribution?

This forms the core of the program the Bonaventura College in Leiden, The Gymnasium Lilienthal in Bremen, the Liceo Classico in Cagliari and La Annunciata Ikastetxea in San Sebastián set up collaboratively.

  1. In equipping students two lines come together:
    • equipment for their role in the globalized society through the development of so-called transversal competences and skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, analysis, research attitude, creativity, curiosity, ability to innovate,  initiative, planning, perseverance, empathy, sense of social relations and others (cf. the results of the UNESCO Conference in Bangkok in November 2013). The competences of the Common Framework of European Competences (CFEC) serve as a guideline;
    • the development of attitudes and values to make a constructive contribution to a renewed European morality, based on respect, tolerance, sense of changing relationships and curiosity about new cultures. It is important that students from different cultures and backgrounds will learn to speak out and to communicate.
    In the project Empowering Students to European Citizenship, participating schools promote students from different backgrounds to collaborate on ethical issues developing their transversal skills. Students of 15/16 years of age from four countries form groups of about 8 people, both in a virtual learning environment (e-community) as in physical exchange deepening a theme. In addition, they work towards presentations in concrete social situations: debates in youth centers, exhibitions, publications in local newspapers, for fellow students, etc.
  2. Teachers from the four partner schools collaborate in an e-community as well as in physical exchange. They develop a methodology for personalized learning on ethical themes. A first group focuses mainly on the method aimed at the transversal skills, the second mainly on the way ethical issues can be integrated into curricula of schools.  An important part of the methodology is the assessment of transversal skills and the way this can be included in a portfolio. The methodology should be applicable to all secondary schools, to be presented at national and international conferences and open digital platforms available to all schools.

Both the effects on the motivation and skills of students as the methodology in this project are subject of scientific research, which is conducted under the supervision of the Graduate School of Teaching of the University of Leiden (ICLON).

The methodologies, the descriptions of "good practices" and the reports of the research are made available through international and local conferences and through platforms for knowledge sharing as School aan Zet, "Talentstimuleren.nl", Leraar2020, Leerling2020 etc.