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ERASMUS PLUS KA2 –Strategic partnership for schools only

 

From Tradition to the Future:  Ancient Crafts and New Entrepreneurial Possibilities for Young People

 

 The State Secondary School for Scientific Studies “Francesco Severi”, Frosinone, Italy, will coordinate in the academic school years 2017-2019 a strategic partnership, completely financed by the Erasmus plus program of the European Commission, including four European schools: IES VIllalba Hervás of La Orotava, Tenerife, Spain, Uhtna Pohikool of Uhtna (Estonia), and Ludzas Pilsetas Gimnazija of Ludza, Latvia.

   The presentation of the project with delegations of foreign teachers from the four partner schools was planned in Frosinone, Italy from 26th to 30thNovember 2017. On that occasion, all the organizational and logistic aspects of the project activities have been defined. At the head school of the partnership, the project will be managed by the Erasmus plus KA2 teachers’ group, coordinated by Mrs. Annadora Riondino, responsible for Intercultural and European projects at Liceo Francesco Severi.

   The main purpose of the project is to rediscover the cultural value of artistic craftsmanship and the role of the artisan as a fundamental element of a common cultural heritage within the European Union and to promote craftsmanship in an outlook that aims at the future and at new technologies.

    As a matter of fact, handcrafted activities can combine past, present and future because they represent an important and permanent value reflecting the social, cultural and economic lifestyles of a community. The project intends to make young people particularly aware of the need to protect and preserve this cultural and traditional heritage and at the same time to think about craftsmanship as a new opportunity for employment, also through the use of technological tools, as well as a means of social inclusion.

     The students of the four partner schools will be involved in various activities such as knowing the various crafts in their territory;  the creation of a cultural itinerary based on their studies; handicraft analysis as a potential resource for youth employment in a contemporary context of economic difficulties; the discovery of craft activities as a valuable support to the environment and for a sustainable development; the creation of a link between schools and the business world, involving local craft associations in the project; participation in workshops where objects will be made, following all the phases of the process of their creation; the development of an entrepreneurial mentality in students who will engage in a virtual enterprise to promote and sell manufactured items in order to raise funds for charitable purposes; collaboration with  refugees in handcrafted and technological laboratories; the use of new technologies to design and create handicrafts; the discovery of the potentialities that ICT offer to enhance craft products in the digital world.

     The project involves transnational activities since it is fundamental that students know and compare different realities in Europe, from the North to the South of the EU. Participants will discover similarities and differences between the old craft traditions of the countries involved in the project and will explore how each school will propose innovative solutions to promote craft activities; in this way all students will be involved in a “exchange of good practices”, mutually beneficial and rewarding.

     Target groups in partner schools will be formed by some classes of students between the ages of 14 and 16, directly involved in the activities, who will acquire expertise in different learning areas, not only linked to the themes and activities of the project, so that they can use them in a variety of contexts in their future life.

   The themes of the project will be explored in an enlarged European context by collaborating and exchanging different points of view in a multicultural environment, in order to expand personal, transversal and professional abilities. Part of the activities will be carried out “outside” the schools, in collaboration with the territory, thus creating a strong link with the real world. Some practical school seminars will be open to the local community, including a group of refugees, so that the project activities will also become a means of social inclusion and comparison with other cultures.

    The methodology used will be based on balancing theory, researches and learning activities with practical ones. Students will be directly involved in the planning and procedure of each activity. The project will thus promote a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, reinforcing the manual, digital and transversal skills of students, the communication skills in a common foreign language of work (English) and will help to combat prejudices and stereotypes towards other cultures.

    Participating schools will become a reference point in a wider community that includes local professional, cultural and volunteering associations. The project will integrate every school in a long-term cooperation and collaboration network not only at a local level but also in a broader European perspective. The joined dissemination of the project outcomes, results and products will enhance the European quality of the partnership and will be promoted through various local, national and European means of communication.

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