Internationality is Colourful!

An Overview

Three schools from three different countries are participating in the Erasmus+ project "Internationality is colourful!":

  1. Instituto de Educación Secundaria Al-Andalus (IES) from Spain
  3. Leipzig International School (LIS) from Germany

The three schools, although very different, are at the same time located in three European countries which, roughly speaking, have a common political and historical development.

As far as differences are concerned, the school in Almuñécar is a state school with mainly Spanish students aged 12 to 18. The school in Greece is a private middle school with students aged 12 to 14 and with a small number of students, while LIS - although also a private school - has quite a large number of students, many of whom have different nationalities. Although these schools are far apart, they share many of the challenges that nations across Europe face when it comes to developing a European mindset.

Almuñécar is located on the Mediterranean Sea, opposite Morocco, from where many people migrate to Europe from the African continent in search of a better future. Due to Greece's geographical location, the arrival of migrants from the Middle East and beyond has raised many questions. Germany has an open arms policy for asylum seekers, a practice that has been questioned recently. In addition, these three countries also have a rough common political and historical background. Spain suffered under Franco's dictatorship, Greece under the rule of the General Junta and East Germany, where Leipzig is located, under the rule of the communist SED. Because of these authoritarian regimes, people in these three countries have to quickly learn to play by the rules of democracy and respect each other's views while facing current Europe-wide challenges such as immigration and radicalisation.

The target group of students is between 12 and 18 years old. As part of the main content of the project, participants will learn about the influence of Greco-Roman democratic traditions in solving problems through dialogue. These traditions have influenced our systems of government today. The rule of the majority will be analysed and evaluated from the perspective of the minorities.
In other words, the decisions of majority rule should protect the rights of minorities and individuals if the fundamental rights of all people are to be upheld and oppression avoided. Of course, the human rights enshrined in the EU Charter and national constitutions are meant to protect individuals regardless of their political views, beliefs, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

The skills that will be promoted within the framework of the above topics are empathetic listening, teamwork and dealing with new situations. In discussion groups, students will engage in critical thinking and evaluate different approaches. They will debate with their partner students and develop their English language skills. In addition, they will learn about each other's backgrounds and appreciate their own and others' cultural diversity. Students and teachers alike will benefit from learning about cultural heritage and variety.

The outcome of this two-year partnership will be a handbook and worksheets for each school on the theme "Internationality is colourful". The handbook and worksheets will be used cross-curricularly in the lessons of the participating schools. Evidence of the activities carried out and their results will be collected in these documents. The common language between the schools will be English.

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