Project summary

The main aim of the project is to develop teachers’ professional competence and operational models of pedagogical activities. In practice, we arrange interdisciplinary learning situations combining themes from different subjects (eg. science, languages, art, sports, history, and math). During the project, we will introduce a variety of teaching methods, which are applicable to different educational levels. As a final aim we encourage teachers and schools to start a process of teaching method reform.

Most of European countries have become multicultural societies in recent years due to immigration and the globalisation.
In many cases, students of each school represent a number of different nationalities and language groups. By planning and arranging learning sessions for the students in the project, we also develop teachers' skills to teach and cooperate in multicultural environment, where students have different ethnic background and limited knowledge of languages.
In recent years, international cooperation and multicultural activities has become as a part of teaching and education. The project will give ideas and concrete examples of international cooperation for developing local strategies and plans. For example, national core curriculum and local curricula are under renewal process in Finland. By developing international cooperation by the project, we will strengthen connections between educational strategies and actual operational activities of schools in grass roots.

The project will focus also on ecological diversity and the dependence of people on the nature and natural
resources in different parts of Europe. We will learn how the nature is exploited by man and the state of nature in different parts of Europe. We will also learn about environmental threats, e g. climate change and loss of biodoversity in Europe. Student workshops will focus on using collaborative working methods developing students’ basic skills – literacy, interpersonal and presentation skills. Students will write and illustrate environmental environmental stories both in their native languages and English. They will also prepare presentations which will be presented in local schools and regional events. As a final product of the project, we will publish a book – Our National Parks and Habitats.