CONTEXT/BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT:
As it is understood from its name, this project is focused on correcting stereotypes with the help of the activities while serving the notion of European citizenship which cares and respects others who come from different cultures, religions, ethnic origins or social backgrounds etc. The Europen Convention on Human Rights revised this notion in 2010 and in its 14th article, the prohibition of discrimination is detailed as no one can judge others according to their sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or another status.
Today, we know that European citizenship is a part of European political integration process and is a product of the European Union’s efforts to create united citizenship. In other words, it is an idea which aims to integrate European peoples more and more with each other within the context of the necessity of living under a common unity as described in Amsterdam Treaty (1997). From these definitions, we want to create an intercultural bridge while carrying out the activities and establish a common emotional connection between people from different ethnic, linguistic, religious and social structures. The activities to be used in destroying the prejudices and beliefs that precede this emotional unity are planned as follows:
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT:
As a basis, it is essential to establish a cultural tie-up with selected schools from different parts of Europe. All of our partners are more or less suffering from stereotypes developed by foreign cultures about their own countries throughout history. The basic objectives we would like to achieve by participating in this project are to provide an opportunity for the pupils to improve their ability to research rather than add current information to their knowledge store without going through the accuracy filter, not to be content with what is given, and to develop skeptical approach skills. Our goal is to help our pupils correct their misconceptions by communicating with their peers in partner countries, making observations, using critical thinking techniques, and learning the right knowledge on the spot, within the frame of problem-solving strategies. Above all, our desire is to destroy all prejudice barriers whatever and whom they are against in the eyes of our pupils.
NUMBER AND PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS:
This project will be implemented in cooperation with high schools from 3 different countries. 50 teachers and 80 pupils from each school will participate in the project. The age range of these pupils is 14-17.
DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES:
During the preparation phase, each partner school will fulfill their duties and responsibilities such as project management, selection of pupils, the organization of meetings and the creation of websites. Project implementation includes planning and organization of school mobilities, student-conducted surveys, street interviews, brochures, leaflets, and the creation of the Erasmus corners etc.
METHODOLOGY TO BE USED IN CARRYING OUT THE PROJECT:
We will monitor and evaluate the activities and results thoroughly. First of all, close cooperation between partners through email and social media tools will be provided to monitor project activities and their results. In doing so, the project website will be created as the first step. The website will be prepared by Turkey and the visual and audio materials belonging to each project meeting will be presented openly on this website. Secondly, two weeks before each joint project meeting, partner schools will communicate with each other and the hosts will make the necessary preparations for visitors’ accommodation and needs. After each mobility, a questionnaire will be applied to the pupils and the results will be reported to evaluate the activities.
RESULT AND IMPACT:
– The project’s webpage/blogs,
– Posters, brochures, leaflets, PPT slideshows
– Literary reviews,
– Improving problem-solving strategies for our pupils struggling with stereotypes.
– Developing an objective perspective and being open to different views instead of accepting stereotypes as they are.
– Remembering that we have a lot of human values in common although we have differences.
– Encouraging analytical thinking instead of just paying attention to the information that is raised from the family and the surroundings.
– Creating right learning schemes in their minds.
POTENTIAL LONGER-TERM BENEFITS:
As a longer-term benefit, we think that after this project, our pupils will turn into the individuals who can look into the world from wider angles. In addition, thanks to this project, participating pupils will be able to contribute to social inclusion.