“YOUropeans on the move – migrants between integration and tradition”
”YOUropeans on the move – migrants between integration and tradition“ is a project that shall make us as Europeans more aware of a phenomenon, which is generally noticed in the public, but not further dealt with. However, the phenomenon of migration does affect us more than we think in our daily life because young people today are living in a more and more diverse world and especially Europe is significant as a region of immigration and destination.
To sharpen the perception of migration as an important European phenomenon, pupils are supposed to work on the project from different points of view in groups at a local and international level. In this sense, migration has got many faces that we should take a look at, with the face of history as a starting point and the current discourses on European migration policies as an end point. A central aspect to be analysed in the course of this project is to find out how European societies dealt with minorities and migrants in the past in order to clarify and analyse the present and furthermore, to develop diverse strategies and inclusion for the future. Interesting topics with regard to the history of migration shall be postcolonial migration, migration and religion, migration and politics, migration and gender, migration and climate, migration and cultural identity, migration and human rights protection and current discourses on European migration policies.
Besides the analysis of migration as a European phenomenon on a more general level, it is important to see what chances, challenges and also conflicts migration also brings to our daily life. It is of special importance that we plan to do research and investigate migration regarding our local multi-ethnic societies so that we as individual citizens are made aware of to what extent migration affects our personal life.
Our strategic school partnership has altogether ten partner schools from different geographic regions in Europe with different economical, historical, political and social backgrounds and with diverse religions or rather confessions and ideologies which offer a huge chance for a lively exchange between the cultures. All schools are secondary schools from the following countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Poland and Turkey. For the choice of the partner schools we searched for countries where migrants come from or go to. We also considered old and new EU member states as well as the candidate for accession, Turkey, being in the team. Further, we searched for schools that are both experienced and inexperienced regarding European school partnerships to both get and find new impulses and to bring in experiences from earlier projects.
For the beginning of the project a planning and kick-off meeting with all involved teachers is planned to clearly define the activities and the products that shall be produced. 10 short-term exchanges of student groups with accompanying teachers to all partners will follow over the whole period of three years, that means having one mobility per quarter. At the project meeting online questionnaires will check if the planned activities have been done already, if the corresponding project outcomes have been produced and if the planned aims have been reached. Additionally, some short-term further educations for the organizers and long-term exchanges for pupils are planned.
During the three-year project time all involved persons, the students in particular, shall prepare and carry out poster and art exhibitions, video presentations, statistical surveys at the partner schools on the topic migration as well as create own literary texts, take part in music and sports workshops, do talk shows and develop a multicultural calendar and cook book.
Through the intense work with our project topic and its activities we expect a long-lasting and diverse increase in competence for all persons and organisations being involved. Primarily, intercultural competences should be supported and widened through our project for our students in particular, above all a better understanding of the social, linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe, more active social interaction, a better understanding of European values and last but not least a development of a positive attitude towards the European idea. Furthermore, linguistic and intercultural communicative competences, media and computer literacy shall be extended.