Project summary

Migrations of yesterday and migrations of today: A cement for Europe

Context
The needs of our students and their motivations are changing. To combat the disengagement of
some, the lack of motivation of others, the reservations or the disinterest of certain parents and the
increasing number of incivilities, we have chosen to let our students take an active role in shaping
their own training.
We feelthe withdrawals of some of our pupilsor their reclusive behaviour within small groups; this
inability to reach-out challenges us. The parallel with the current evolution of the European project
seems obvious to us. The results of the UK referendum in favor of Brexit, the rise of nationalism
within the U.E., as well as the current reluctance to welcome migrants fleeing the war zones are
explicit examples. It therefore seems appropriate to make our pupils aware of the disintegrating
debates relayed in the public opinion, to make them reflect on the fundamentals which made it
possible to forge this construction and to "see" the benefits. By making them work on the migratory
movements that have built and still build Europe today, we hope to change their perspective on the
other and on Europe and we anticipate that they become full actors of their European citizenship.
Objectives
To raise awareness, to reflect on European citizenship and its values, to understand that the other is
a source of wealth and that crossing borders and migrations are at the heart of the construction of
Europe. These are the goals we hope to achieve by implementing this project. It is an objective both
humanistic and civic.
By inviting our pupils to take a closer look at the migration history of Europe, we intend to make
them perceive that migrations are at the same time factors and elements of European identity, that
the European project was built around this idea of openness, that this "other" contributes to enrich
the common good and that immigration is an opportunity for Europe.
We also hope to make them reflect on the importance of exchange and communication, dialogue
being the opportunity to get to know their counterparts in the partner countries, to forge links, to
work together and to build together a European citizenship. It is, of course, also a way of conveying
the European values of tolerance, respect and perseverance.
Students will learn to exchange, to communicate differently, to reach-out, to open up, to take
responsibility, and also to acquire a critical spirit.
Number of participants
120 pupils will be directly involved, often from modest and even disadvantaged backgrounds. 8
teachers will carry out the project. The estimated impact is about 6000 people (pupils and their
families, members of the educational community, local and regional Institutions, the public, press
partners…)

Methodology
Three preliminary meetings will take place, one in January 2017, between the German and French
institutions, then the other two in February 2017 between the French and Italian institutions and
between the French and Romanian institutions. These meetings held in the presence of the heads of
schools and two teachers from the partner countries will make it possible to define the main lines of
the project, as many exchanges by e-mails have previously been carried out.
Three transnational meetings will enable responsible teachers to confirm the chosen objectives and
to specify tools for evaluation and budgetary monitoring. The dissemination and impact of the
project will be discussed at these meetings. They will also be an opportunity to draw up an interim
report, to make possible corrections and finally to draw up the final assessment (evaluation of the
real impact of the project and the perpetuation of its dissemination)
Things to Do
The four trips will be preceded by preparatory periods during which the students of the four classes
will discover the different themes related to the migratory phenomena, in the Europe of yesterday
and in the Europe of today. During the trips (one in each participating country), the students will
make exhibitions, documentaries, interviews, plays and performances. They will participate in
debates following the screening of films, attend symposiums, conferences, meet witnesses, animate
the dedicated website and blog, and produce reports and articles.
They will therefore have to practice French, English or Spanish to communicate better, and to use
ICT.
As for the parents, the members of the educational community, the institutions and the media, they
will be very much involved in the various stages of this project.
The whole of this experience will be highlighted during the schools open days.
They will therefore have to practice French, English or Spanish to communicate better, and to use
ICT.
As for the parents, the members of the educational community, the institutions and the media, they
will be very much involved in the various stages of this project.
The whole of this experience will be highlighted during the schools open days.

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