The five partners of this project are the European Schools of Strasbourg, Parma, Helsinki, Heraklion, and Tallinn. These fairly new schools, which go from pre-school to high school, are public schools connected administratively to the education ministry in their respective countries but with a pedagogical program common to all the European Schools. These schools promote the learning of European languages and each is made up of at least two language sections in which classes are taught by native speakers. In general, there is one class per grade in each language section. The project targets all students and teachers in the elementary and secondary schools, with all sections blended together. The learning of a minimum of three languages combined with a common educational program constitutes an asset that hasn’t yet been fully exploited; pedagogic exchanges between schools are rare, communication between students inside this European school network is almost non-existent, and the notion of a European identity is still vague, since students define themselves first by their national identity and then by their affiliation to a linguistic section. What’s more, it appears that after obtaining a European baccalaureate, graduates limit their choice of schools for advanced degrees to the countries where they did their secondary studies or to the countries of their linguistic section. The project is part of Erasmus Plus KA2 -2014.
The objectives of this project are therefore numerous:
• To reinforce the European identity in students by steering them towards a discovery of a collective memory and common character in the cultures of European countries
• To promote and benefit from the richness of the multilingual educational collaboration among primary and secondary students and among teachers in the European School network
• To encourage teachers and students to regularly take advantage of and use the ICT, starting in primary school
• To teach students to communicate and work efficiently in a multilingual, multinational, and multicultural environment in order to prepare them for a wider range of options professionally or for post-baccalaureate training