Cultural heritage is the most vivid illustration of the evolution of a nation. Is an important component of our identity and our common heritage and it makes us not only proud citizens of a nation, but Europeans as well of a culture with a long and rich history, with past full of challenges and future with great expectations.Is our own responsibility to preserve it and pass it on to the next generations.
The protection of cultural heritage is imperative, because contributes to promoting cultural diversity, promotes the creativity, the respect between different nations and communities of Europe and enhances its preservation but in the same time allows the development of new forms of cultural expression and gives quality in our lives. Cultural heritage is is our past and our future and so important such as our life.The integration of cultural sensitivity in the value system of society and the economy are priority issues which require the existence of cultural conscience of all.
Aim of this project was the understanding of cultural heritage of young children, through relevant selected activities from the area of pre school education (including ICT), in order to sensitize and awake the cultural consciousness for protection of our cultural heritage and the creating of new morals as result of the realization that our life and our future are intertwined and depend directly of our past.
During the program, children shared their ideas and their work with children of other European countries , learned about their culture, they visited museums and at the same time they shared songs,stories,languages, traditions,dances and customs of the participant countries,getting the sense that they are part of a larger world called Europe.They came in contect with the heritage and culture of other European nations, understood the similarities between different cultures, understood their lifestyle, accepted their coexistence and imagined a common future, thereby strengthening their national and European identity.
By using of cooperative teaching approaches that requires the adoption of methods of active learning and energetic acquisition of knowledge and skills,we gave to pupils the opportunity to gain the knowledge that contributed to understanding, respect and tolerance between people, giving information necessary for the harmonious coexistence within the European family and it contributed to the creation of the concept of European cultural identity.
We used the cultural education as a way of teaching and learning for participants in combination with cooperative and innovative teaching methods, evaluating the fact that tradition contains a lot of different elements which help to acquiring experiences, to building knowledge and to adopting a positive attitude towards theirselves and the tradition and helps also the eliminating marginalization and smooth integration to society, through understanding diversity of cultures. Equal opportunities were given to all children of all nationalities, with the encouragement to participate in the different activities of all, specially to children with educational disabilities or economical obstacles , immigrants, refugees and children with any kind of disabilities.
Five schools representing more than 500 pupils from north and south of Europe cooperated in this project and gave the opportunity to staff and trainees, to cultivate their cultural conscience and to strengthen their European identity, knowing the culture of other European nations and shape attitudes of a European citizen , characterized by awareness, tolerance, desire for improvement, care and respect for local and global cultural values.
This project contributed to the development of a European conscience and prepare European citizen of tomorrow, who respects the environment, human rights and values of life, preparing him to be able for action and right decision for a better tomorrow.
The most important expected results are the creation of web site, two e twinning projects for the needs of project,the creation of "School Museum" in all participants countries ,e books ,stories, dvds and cds and quides of good practises about cultural education and other learning material.
By the participation in this project and through cultural education we set as goal to understand and overcome the contemporary social problems such as racism,ethnic prejudice,social class oppression and discrimination.
We believe the cooperation experience with other people from different cultures can change our attitude and perception of the world carry more responsible behavior and enrich all participants with the knowledge, experience and strong relationships and we hope this cooperation will continue in the future. Project priorities
HORIZONTAL: Social and educational value of European cultural heritage SCHOOL
EDUCATION: Supporting efforts to increase access to affordable and high quality early childhood education and care (ECEC)
SCHOOL EDUCATION: Promoting the acquisition of skills and competences
All project objectives were planned very carefully and were in accordance with EU and Erasmus+ program priorities, because through the cultural education we aimed to improve and provide a high level of knowledge in pre-school and to create European citizens who respect the human rights and the cultural values of life ,realizing that the tradition is a part of our life so important as our life.
The project has been funded with support of European Union.
This website has been created on behalf of Erasmus+ project 2018-2020 :
"My culture,your culture,our culture" by project coordinator Ann Magkiosi
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