IDEAS

The IDEAS project is a project which aims at combining the creative aspect of learning through hand on, practical activities. During the project students will work together in teams to solve real problems together not just through memory but rather through the application of the acquired knowledge students will find ways to be proud of their work.

The IDEAS project is an immense opportunity for schools to focus on education in a way that the learning approach has to be integrative of both theory and practice and where students are able to create value out of these experiences.

Furthermore, Design Thinking as a mindset and work attitude for creative problem solving has become crucial for many activities in education. These methodologies encourage students to think broadly about problems, develop a deep understanding and recognize the value in the contributions of others. This project focuses on the mindset of “how to think” not “what to think”.

The partners in this project are from Sweden, Latvia, Italy, Turkey and Malta

Let’s All Go to the Theatre of Our Dreams – A project to combat and reduce bullying in schools

According to the UNICEF report released in 2018, half of the 13-15 year old students (approximately 150 million students) around the world are exposed to peer violence in and around the school. UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, on the subject: Education is the key to peaceful societies; however, he said the school itself might not be a safe place for millions of children around the world. While this situation affects the education of children in the short term, it can lead to depression and anxiety, even suicide in the long term. The most intense security problem in educational environments is all kinds of bullying. With this project, we aim to make our project partners more inclusive and peaceful organizations. Our project will tackle all types of bullying and develop critical-creative-collaborative and caring thinking skills of our target groups. Our basic intervention logic is to achieve sustainable results with effective and innovative methods. The thesis that negative emotions are the basis of negative behaviors and negative thoughts are the basis of negative feelings is an accepted thesis in the academic world. This shows that if we want to change a negative behavior, we will have to change the thinking first by following the opposite path. From this perspective, our project will create sustainable changes in the way individuals think about all kinds of bullying. For this, drama, P4C and non-violent communication techniques will be used separately and together. New training contents will be created. Project publications and campaigns to be carried out with the active participation of target groups are also among our effective tools. Prevention of the types of bullying in educational environments is possible by supporting all factors concerning students. For this reason, educators-students and parents were chosen as the target group as the actors involved in the process in our project. Separate activities were planned for these three target groups and the preventive and sustainability dimensions of the project were strengthened. Our General Goal: To contribute to the goal of creating more inclusive and more peaceful learning environments where each individual has the opportunity to realize their potential.

 

This project is co-ordinated by a partner from Romania. The other partners in this project are from Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, UK and Malta.

Skilfull & Happy

As of this school year, Bakar Elementary School is the holder of another Erasmus + project KA210 SMALL PARTNERSHIPS entitled “Skilfull and happy” which, with partner schools, will spend 20 months working on it, from November 1, 2021 to July 1, 2023.

The project team, with the director dr.sc. Tomislav Uzelac-Šćiran, consists of teachers: Maja Babin, Leonarda Ban, Silvija Blažina, Tina Murić, Marina Juretić, Nadija Vidas and Aldena Halilović who is the Project Coordinator.

The goals of the Project are: introducing children and parents to healthy eating and living habits, encouraging them to engage in daily physical activities, encouraging the creativity of students and teachers, cooperation with partners from other countries, opening the doors of the School to action in the European environment, encouraging the active involvement of students from participating schools in activities outside compulsory education and creating the value of EU citizenship.

Partner schools from Spain, Malta and Lithuania are participating in the project. The project plans the mobility of teachers from participating schools.

The project is intended for children aged 8 and 9, ie 2nd and 3rd grade students. At that age in the Republic of Croatia a large percentage of overweight or obese children have been reported. Activities will be conducted in classes,

class teachers, in extracurricular activities and extended stays, through socializing online. Some of the activities will be done by the students

independently, at home, with the support of parents without whose support it is impossible to realize activities and projects as much as they are well designed.

The project consists of activities:

▪ “From the school garden to the plate full of health”,

▪ “Handicraft”,

▪ “Days without technology”,

▪ “I practice, you practice, we practice!”

The goal of the activity “From the school garden to the plate of full health” is to instruct students in the importance organic gardening and improve education for sustainable development in primary school. The students will, along with the teachers, in environment of the school to choose a suitable place for the school garden where they will grow vegetables and spices that will use in everyday life, nutrition at school and at home.

Working in the garden has a positive effect on children by developing work habits, social and motor skills, encourages them to be precise, responsibility, preservation of nature and heritage, strengthens self-confidence and concentration, reduces stress, develops environmental awareness, etc.

Through organic gardening, children are encouraged to take care of their health and learn to live in a sustainable way. School gardens are a solution to overweight children, according to reports from schools that have had gardens, because students improved their eating habits by working in the school garden.

During the implementation of project activities, all partners will publish videos of their activities in the show on a monthly basis Cheers on the YouTube channel.

In addition, during the implementation of the planned activities, a small manual will be created: Gardener and cook “From school garden to a plate of full health ”. It will include garden care tips and recipes for healthy meals. The manual will be bilingual, and it will be designed by students with the help of teachers.

 

Through the activity “Handicraft” students will independently create objects by recycling and using various natural material. Crafted items will be used in everyday use. Handmade stimulates the child’s imagination, cognitive development, has a relaxing and calming effect, improves the ability to focus attention and focus on the task, encourages perseverance and development, develops coordination.

 

Conducting the activity “Days without technology”, students will choose a few days each month when they will not use any form of technology. They will spend their free time with various activities that will be offered to them by the teachers or they will devise independently, in their families. He will record his activities in the diary and save the works that were created in the days without technology.

 

The aim of this activity is to acquaint children with the harmful effects of technology. The activities offered should encourage students and empowered them to design and realize days in which they will spend their free time without technology, and the contents can be found, among other things, in staying in nature, working on the land and in various physical activities.

The project activity “I exercise, you exercise, we exercise!” Is aimed at developing the habit of regular physical exercise to raise the level of health and quality of life.

We started the implementation of the Project with students in January 2022 by surveying students about eating habits, frequency and form of physical exercise, use of technology and determination of body mass index. Implementation monitoring activities will take place through direct observation during the activity and checklists for each activity, which students will self-fulfill.

 

The “Smart and Happy” team came together and worked to reduce the number of overweight or overweight children threatened. By conducting activities, we want to offer students knowledge and skills for a healthier future. It is important in children to realize that health is the main reason for taking care of the body. We believe that by changing the life habits of children, with the support of parents, to influence the change of life habits of the whole family, ie the whole community.

At the end of the activity with students, we will repeat the survey of students and the calculation of body mass index. Processing results and by comparison with the initial values ​​we will determine the progress and effects we have achieved.

The picture book “Smart and Happy” will connect all project activities into one whole.

Teachers from the partner countries will be guests of the Bakar Elementary School in October 2022. Mobility of teachers, ie travel partners, are planned for 2023 in the following order: February – Malta, April – Lithuania, May – Spain.

 

The aim of the teacher meeting, during the mobility, is to show examples of good practice and enrich the teaching experience, knowledge and examples of practice that teachers will successfully incorporate into their activities and teaching at school in which they work.

 

In this way, teachers will actively contribute to the well-being of the whole community of which the school is an important and indivisible part. That will completely the goals of the Erasmus + project “Smart and Happy” will be achieved.

For the “Smart and Happy” Team Nadija Vidas

Innovative Europe

Background
Early school leaving is one of the major challenges in education policy within the European Union.
According to Eurostat 2017 statistics of early leavers from education and training population in
percentage for ages between 18-24 age are ; Spain 18,3 %, Turkey 32%, Malta 18,6%, Italy 14%
and Hungary 12,5%. Reducing its incidence to 10% by 2020 has been one of the key benchmarks of
European education policy cooperation. In the partnership Poland will be model country for other
partners because early school leaving rate is under 5 %.

Objectives
General aim of our project is to strengthen and maintain near future “European Dimension” on the
partner schools. Also our aim is to establish a sustainable early school leaving tackling system on the
partner schools through cross-bordering cooperation. Aims are;
-To reduce the school dropout rates in the communities involved in the project
-To enable children with low marks to feel the joy of success in lessons by encouraging them
applying the methods Poland uses and with this to strengthen the connection with school.
-To share best practices for preventing early school leaving
-To prepare sample lesson plans and evaluation documents including inclusive education approach
for all lessons
-To improve knowledge of the pupils and staff on European Union, European languages and cultural
diversity
-To encourage students to learn foreign language and promote respecting other cultures and nations
-To encourage our students´ notion and feeling of active EU citizenship
-To develop a feeling that the students belong to a wide European diverse cultural family

Participants
Target group of the project is especially 12-14 years old students, who are in early school dropout
risk group and, will take part in all project activities. However, educational staff and school managers
will join the local and transnational project activities. Parents will join the local project activities.
Students are coming from poorly educated, social and economic background. Also students have
low marks at school and they have high absenteeism rate. They are strongly in need of support
through extra-curricular activities and mentoring teachers.
At the end of the project 141 students in total will join the short-term exchange groups of pupils, 19
teachers will join the short-term joint staff training events and 49 teachers will join as accompanying
people the short-term pupil exchange activity on partner schools. Besides, more than 450 pupils and
their parents and 120 teachers will join the local project activities.

Methodology
Partners strongly need a comprehensive project work across the entire school community to prevent
ESL through inclusive education approach, motivation of joining EU project and sharing best
practise.

Results
Main result of the project is the action plan which consists of 4 parts. Also Teacher Guide and EU
Science Book will be prepared at the end of the project. The project aims, active participation of the
students and educational staff to all international and local activities. Schools have a very important
role in reducing early school leaving. Schools should be a place where pupil feel comfortable and
supported, feel ownership of their own learning. Our goal is to be a school described above.

Impact
Expected impact of the project on pupils; increasing knowledge of European languages, culture,
history and geography, feeling the active EU citizenship and part of wide European Cultural Diversity
family. Learning about partner countries’ cultures, open a cultural dialogue, which will improve
tolerance and eliminate stereotypes by identifying and respecting the similarities and differences.
Besides the expected impact on educational staff there are; increasing knowledge of European
languages, culture, history and geography, fighting racism and xenophobia, feeling part of wide
European Cultural Diversity family, developing competence in planning and organizing projects.

Longer-term benefits
At the end of the project activity partners will gain a unique action plan which includes best practices
that is prepared by international cooperation to prevent early school dropout so they can benefit from
the plan after the project through their strategic plan for the next generations. The partnership will
provide well-supported citizens to the society on a long term basis.

Participating organisations

Turkey: Sehitler Ortaokulu

Malta: Newark School

Hungary: Üllés, Forráskút, Csólyospálos Községi Általános Iskola és Alapfokú Müvészeti Iskola Fontos Sándor Tagintézménye

Poland: Szkola Podstawowa nr 5 im plk Stanislawa Sitka

Italy: Istituto Comprensivo “Filippo Traina”

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Art Shaping Our Cultural Identity

Partners from Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, France and Malta have got together in this project to work on the topic of art and culture. The project focuses on different types of art forms and by visiting each partner country we learn about art and culture in different countries. We will learn about musical instruments and different types of music. The teachers will encourage the students to learn different languages too as they participate in the project mobilities. Digital skills will be strengthened too.
This project is also about cultural identity, celebrating diversity and understanding the beauty of living in a multicultural society.

The mobility in Malta will showcase the best of what Malta has to offer in terms of Art and culture including a visit to the Manoel Theatre. Some local bands will also be invited to perform. The partners will also visit a local band club.

Cultural and Natural Treasures

HIOLA

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