Comenius: Europe in the classroomThe 21st Century hazardsDespinaFilippidou,MedGreek language teacher-Special Education teacher
Once upon a time…John Amos Comenius (28 March 1592 – 15 November 1670)was a Czech-speaking Moravian teacher, educator and writer. He is considered the father of modern education. He lived and worked in many different countries in Europe, including Sweden, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Transylvania, the Holy Roman Empire, England, the Netherlands and Royal Hungary.
The Comenius Project focuses on all levels of school education, from pre-school and primary to secondary schools. It is relevant for everyone involved in school education: mainly pupils and teachers but also local authorities, representatives of parents’ associations, non-government organizations, teacher training institutes and universities.
Part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, the Comenius actions aim to help young people and educational staff better understand the range of European cultures, languages and values. They also help young people acquire the basic life skills and competences necessary for personal development, future employment and active citizenship. • The programme addresses issues strongly related to current discussions and developments in school policy: motivation for learning and ‘learning-to-learn’ skills, key competences, digital educational content and inclusive education.
Goals • Comenius aims to: • Improve and increase the mobility of pupils and educational staff across the EU; • Enhance and increase partnerships between schools in different EU Member States; • Encourage language learning, innovative ICT-based content, services and better teaching techniques and practices; • Enhance the quality and European dimension of teacher training; • Improve pedagogical approaches and school management.
Our project21st Century Hazards Objectives • Knowing and understanding life threatening phenomena • Educating students in the spirit of reducing general human intervention • Accruing students practical abilities by developing studies and field research regarding the environment • Rendering a social, active and responsible behaviour of all students • Active youth involvement in solving community problems and problematic situations
Subjects • Carrying out field studies on climate hazards , hydrological(floods, seismic, waves), biological, and negative environmental impacts • Design a didactical content for the optional course :’’The 21st Century hazards, a practical guide of activities to study the impact of hazards on people’’. • Practical application in the field • Visits to environmental institutions • Organizing workshops, debates and symposium on the theme ’’21st Century hazards’’.
ParticipantsRomania(Liceul cu Program Sportiv)Turkey(NuriyeIlkogretimOkulu)Poland(XII LiceumProfilowane w ZespoleSzkolTechnicznych I Licalnych)Portugal(EscolaSecundaria Francisco de Holanda)Greece(Special Gymnasium and Lyceum of Athens)France(Lycee Condorcet) • Duration of the projectAugust 2011-July 2013
In Turkey the activity plan at the level of partnership was established as well as the team works and next meeting dates. • All delegations presented the country we are coming from ,our schools and one natural hazard that has affected our region in the past. • We mainly worked on hydrological hazards, floods and its impact on the environment and people’s lives. • We made a first presentation and brain storming of the lesson plan proposals.
France: 24-30 March 2012Romania: 3-10 May 2012Portugal: 23-29 September 2012Poland: 25 November -1 December 2012Greece: 21-27 April2013
The subjects that were presented in France were: a) pollution caused by nuclear energy and hydroelectric industriesb)earthquakesc)volcanoesWorking in the field, study visits and ppt presentations were included
In Romania a national symposium was held with the participation of specialists on national disasters .Each country presenteda scientific article and lesson plans related with the following topics: a)stormsb)tornadosc)draughtsd)floods
The subjects that were presented in Portugal:Hydrological and biological hazards and pollution(floods, tsunami, droughts, wave erosion, epidemics, forest pollution, air pollution, bacteriological attacks).
The topics presented in Poland were:The water and soil pollution, anthropic hazards accidents in transports, nuclear accidents, pollution emissions and impact on people's lives. Proposals for the first aid guide were made.
In Greece all lesson plans are ready!!!A summary of studies that took place in each country were presented. The final product will be completed in July.Our aim is to create a manual with the study work in the field of all the countries participating(i.e. feedback from the dam visit, feelings, memories, emotions, thoughts, students)
All the above would have not been accomplished….. Without you and your extraordinary school units…. Without these inspired teachers and these amazing students…. Without the… ‘’ little help from my fiends’’ ….
So this is how the story ends….. They lived happily ever after!!!!