Tolerance as a key to social integration into European dimension for young citizens
“Tolerance as a key to social integration into European dimension for young citizens” 2011-2013
COMENIUS PARTNERSHIP Latvia Portugal Poland BulgariaItaly Romania
Description of the Project The project has 2 sections: the 1st year -What and WhyTolerance is a Key?; the 2nd year: How To Be Tolerant inModern Society? The problem of intolerant attitude towards persons of other religion,nation and culture, persons with special needs and Environment still remains actualamong young people, sometimes it leads to vandalism. The opportunity to solve theproblem is tightly connected with institutions of socialization, such as school. Theproject is aiming to create tolerant attitude among young people towards persons withspecial needs, people of other nations, cultures, and religions, Environment throughvarious activities integrated into school Curriculum. We suppose, that Tolerantattitude is the necessary aspect of better European dimension. Schools project teamsconsisted of pupils and teachers will be fully engaged into all project activitiesthrough the project. It will help to reach such aims as: to teach students to plan andparticipate in European projects, to show how to work in international team, and mainaspect, knowing each other cultures better will develop important social and civiccompetences, language and communication skills, cultural awareness throughdialogues and opportunity to share personal points of view on Tolerance issues. Theresults of the project would be presented at the Areas of Tolerance and, finally, at theConference for all interested in the problem in each partner school. The main problemwe are going to address in this project is Tolerance in society. We intend to show thatin spite of the fact that people have different religions, colour of the skin, etc. – theyremain to be human beings with the same human needs, wishes and hopes. People canhave different appearance, etc. – but they feel breath in the same way like all we do. Social integration is becoming more and more actual nowadays when borders from Eastern and Western countries are almost open. Because of economical crisis people are forced to move to other countries trying to find jobs there. It affected both - home and host countries. People of host counties come across new aspects of different cultures as well as new comers need to create new links with foreign societies. Some parents leave their children at home with grandmothers and grandfathers making children feel themselves lost in society.
Sometimes it creates social exclusion forsuch children. That is the main aspect ofsocial integration. Sometimes we find intolerantbehaviour towards people with specialneeds, especially, among children (ithappens quite often in Latvia). Childrencould be cruel to such people. With thehelp of project we would like to showgood European experience in that area. There exist schools in Europe where studentswith special need study in the same school under the same roof with students withmental and physical problems. The main aspect that such pupils are absolutelyintegrated and they are considered as being not different, but equal. Such attitude isvery important to develop in new European countries (for example, in Latvia).European experience is very valuable in the area of creation tolerant European spacefor all. We would like to share all good practice in that aspect of European dimensionwith all our partners, to know how they work with that problem. Only trying to know each other better, trying to understand that we are equal,though different, but not alien – that is the crucial point for modern European society.School is one of the most important institutes of socialization for young people, that iswhy one important motivation factor of the project is to show our new generation theimportance of tolerant attitude to anyone who could be different, but that other is notbetter of worse, he/she is just different. In our age of globalisation when borders arenot more separating people such attitude is quite important and valuable. Intolerantattitude leads to quarrels, strike, revolutions, wars, etc. Schools are responsible fordeveloping all necessary social skills of young citizens for our future better world.
Our Partners: Liceul Teoretic “Miron Costin” IaŞi (ROMANIA) FORAVE – Associação para a Educação Profissional do Vale do Ave ( (PORTUGAL)Zespół Szkół Ogólnokształcących Nr 10, XV Liceum Ogólnokształcące (POLAND) Хуманитарна гимназия”Дамян Дамянов” (BULGARIA) Instituto D`Istruzione Superiore (ITALY) Olaines Secondary School No2 (LATVIA)
Students and teachers involved in the COMENIUS project:Students: Teachers:Anastasiya Pavlova Ludmila OsipovaAlexander Khrisanfov Viktoriya PetļakAndrey Skorinko Irina SiņicinaArthur Vinogradov Marina LiskinaLilita Alute Jelena AluteJuliya Voronova Irina TrofimovaAlina Kozlova Jelizabeth.StankevicaMark ChizhovAnastasiya TsvetkovaOleg Peretyagin
The first visit, the first acquaintance which took place in Latvia. The first meeting of participants of theproject took place In Olaine Secondary school N o 2in November 2011. 10 teachers from all schools –partners visited our school. Short excursion at ourschool was offered to our guests, they could getacquainted personally with each other and withschool students which were a part of workinggroup. Local government showed seriousattention and interest to the project and to thevisit of our guests. The chairman of Olaine self- government Janis Pavlovich and Inta Purvina visited dinner arranged for our guests. I.Purvina took part in presentations of our guests, presentations offered description of our partner countries and schools. Guests showed the presentations of schools prepared by them during the official meeting. The schedule of trips was discussed and the quantity of participants in mobilities was defined, the main actions were discussed, and the slogan and the logo of projectwas also accepted. Excursions to the Rundeles castle and to the Old Riga wereorganized for guests. Our students from working group acted as guides in Rundale.They prepared in advance material about Latvia for the guests.
The events, which were held in our school. Main actions and activities: tolerant games at school, lessons of Tolerance,writing of scientific work about Tolerance by pupils, creation of booklets and mosaicsabout Tolerance, visit of the state structures, participation in conference aboutTolerance, exchange of information among participants of the project. In our school took place tolerant games.
Not only adult pupils are involved in the project, but also the whole school. Even kids sincechildhood learn concept of tolerance. Participants of the project visited lessons at elementaryschool and gave them a task to draw what they thought about “Tolerance".
Our pupils shared the opinions how they understand a word - tolerance.
Conference of Tolerance took place in our school too. Lecturer, Victor Yolkin, came to ourschool and shared with us interesting thoughts about Tolerance. He advised us to discuss what wethought about Tolearnce and to to come to our own opinion and understanding of the tolerance.Students became interested in the subject, they started to express their opinions so brightly andemotionally that debate started in the hall. Everyone expressed and listened to the point of viewanother. Only good memories and impressions remained because we learned much interestingfacts and opinions from other people, which seemed to us quite original. Colorful comparisonswere postponed in our memory, we shared with stories from our experience. For us it was veryinteresting and we lerned a lot.
We decided to make a puzzle with illustrations on the subject of tolerance. We wereinterested in it. It turned out approximately 230 features. Sticking together, cutting pictures anddecorating our work, we became the solid team where all the participants think almost equally. Itwas the first friendly work in this project and, I think, it turned out to spend time interestingly.Great adventures wait our puzzle. At the beginning, it was created in Latvia, then it departed toPoland, where many students tried to solve it, but useless! Students didn’t manage to design itcompletely, but they were very close to it. Then puzzle went to Portugal where students are tryingto solve it – let’s wish them good luck!
Visit to Poland. From April 17 to April 22 we, Julia Voronova and Alina Kozlova, together with teachers LudmilaOsipova and Jelena Alute visited the city of Krakow where spent wonderful six days! We began the travel with the Riga airport. We flied with change at first to Warsaw, and then toKrakow. We lived in hotel near school. In the evening in day of arrival we met partners in the project at restaurant on a main square of Krakow where tasted dishes of the Polish ethnic cuisine. Unfortunately, after two flights by the end of day we felt very tired. Next day we went to school. There we got acquainted with two Polish girls who bored responsibility for us during these all days. They were called Magda and Maya. Though they were a little older than us, it was easy to communicate. Girls were sociable and friendly, showed us the school, and also acquainted with the friends and schoolmates. We visited two lessons. The school was very hospitable, pupils and teachers were carefully prepared forarrival of guests. Each class brought the part in the project, having decorated school with the creativeposters devoted to a subject of tolerance. Then, especially for guests from the various countries (12teachers and 18 pupils) grammar-school students suited a concert. They creatively told and showed historyof the city, the traditions and culture, and also taught us to the national dance "krakowiak". The concert wasvery pleasant to us, participants were veryartistic. On the same day we had aconference where representatives of eachcountry presented made in the project.One took historic facts, other interviews fora basis. We (as showed the work) receivedgood responses. After conference we wenton excursion across Krakow. Stories of theguide, despite cold weather, wereinteresting. We carried out the rest of dayto Magdas and Maya’s companies andtheir friends. The third day we started withcampaign to school. Then we went toVelichka known for the hydrochloric mineswhich are used not only for carrying out excursions, but also for treatments of diseases of respiratory
system, such as asthma. We went down deeply under the earth on foot. Back rose on the lift. It was very nice In Velichka. Next day it was very heavy for us. We visited two territories of former concentration camp, Osvyantsim compelled us to worry strongly. In these parts during the Second World War before arrival of the Soviet Army hundreds of people were lost, and a large number of people of a various nationality suffered. It was difficult for us to be there. Fascism, Nazism is nothing in common with tolerance. The fifth day was one of the most interesting aswe visited the resort of Zakopane. We were pleased with a fine mountain landscape. The only one badthing, we were not lucky with the weather, there was a heavy rain and we... safely forgot umbrellas in hotel.But also we managed to find pluses in it. Having bought multi-colored raincoats, we cheerfully spent time inZakopane. The next day we spent in the trip back home. Home we returned tired, but happy!!
Visit to Portugal.Porto!Participating in the project "Tolerance as a key to socialintegration for young citizens" our group consisting offive people (three pupils Oleg Peretyagin, AnastasiyaPavlova, Lilita Alute and teachers Victoria Petlyak,Jelizaveta Stankevica), visited the second-large city ofPortugal - Porto. It was the second trip within thisproject. Ancient Porto, with its fine architecture, left inour memory unforgettable impressions about hospitableinhabitants of Portugal.Since the first moment of our stay in Portugal, we didnt waste time in vain and started to getacquainted with new culture. Any action was not planned for the first day. So we filled free time with the excursion on the wonderful city of Porto. Bridges, labyrinths of small streets and lanes, picturesque facades of houses do Porto the one of the most charming cities of Europe. But all this wont be compared to the contemplation of an evening decline on the bank of the Atlantic Ocean. We arrived in Portugal not only to have a rest, but also to work diligently. On the second day of our stay in Porto we visited the vocational school where we got acquainted withother participants of the project. The games, which were carried out by the host, helped us tobecome liberated and recognize each other better. At the end of the day we had a fascinatingexcursion in the railway museum of Portugal.After that we returned to Porto where there ourhotel was situated. In the evening of this day weagain went to study culture of the city - Porto.The next days we continued to work on theproject.Our team presented the work on the subject"Tolerance", which was highly appreciated byall participants. It is possible to declare safelythat a lot of work has been done!
We visited the non-state organization "Espaco". Itsemployees say that "Espaco" means "space" for alland everyone. Their mission - to promote positivedevelopment of the personality and self-imagerising. Each person who has lost his/her self-confidence can find support there.Last day we visited an ancient castle and the city ofGimarayesh - the birthplace of the independentKingdom of Portugal and the first royal dynasty.After wearisome, but interesting day we wereinvited to the medieval restaurant. We were offered the real medieval representation. Dancers andcomedians staged a bright and unusual show using medieval melodies.Summing up, we can say that we spent this time unforgettably. We broadened the horizons andfound new friends. Everything was excellent, because every minute we spent with advantage.Our group wants to thank the school management for the provided possibility to visit so wonderfulcountry!
What gave us this project?Nastya -It isnt simple to be in the project, it issomething bigger. Comenius gave the chance to usnot only to visit other countries, to get acquaintedand make friends with children, but to become reallymore tolerant, at last to understand and reflect it. It isgood practice in communication using other language.Lilita-Participation in the tolerance project made meeven more convinced that politeness and the tolerant relation are necessary for society. And it is necessary to treat not only people, but also animals and the nature. Thanks to this project I had new acquaintances, possibility to get acquainted with other culture and people. Oleg - For me this project is pleasant very much, I finally understood value of tolerance, got acquainted with students who became friends with meand now I communicate with them. I saw the beautiful natureand got acquainted with other traditions, culture. Juliya-We really enjoyed travelling to Poland. It was very interesting to meet new people and learn something more about their culture. During the trip we became more tolerant. The excursion to Auschwitz Concentration Camp showed us the importance of tolerance.
We wish good luck to our students on the following visit to Italy!