The Erasmus+ project „Places to create“ PACT took place with students from the school partnerships from Italy – Torre del Greco, Estonia – Tallinn, France – Chateaubriand and Austria – Graz. The aim of the project was to bring together young people between the ages of 12 and 15 from different partner countries to work together on various issues related to cities and regions. The four workshops on the following topics were held as already described in the application, the individual results of the research during the workshops were presented by the student groups. The artistic output was reflected in the design and conception of a board game. For the mutual presentation of the workshops held in parallel (each in two partner schools) we used the platform Padlet (LINK). Due to the pandemic, we had to extend the project by one year and in 2021 we had a virtual workshop lasting several days in which all schools and participants of the project participated (see interim report) The workshops were held as follows:
- Cultural knowlege through research and comparison: In this workshop, participants explored different places and regions in their respective countries. They learned about their cultural significance, historical background and social dynamics.
- Mediamaze :- How are these displayed on the Internet: In this workshop, the participants were informed about the different media formats used to represent cities and regions on the Internet. They learned how to create their own content and share it on social media.
- Places to preserve: What needs to be protected in cities and regions: This workshop dealt with the protection of cultural heritage, the natural environment and social structures in cities and regions as enshrined in the UNESCO goals. The participants discussed the importance of preserving these elements for future generations.
- Places to create: Sustainable cities and regions: In the last workshop, the participants dealt with the concept of sustainability in cities and regions and have prepared 20 questions on each of 4 Unesco goals in advance. Involving themselves with it, they learned how they can contribute to sustainable change in their communities, especially in the areas of poverty reduction, education,
sustainable urban development and environmental protection, and sustainable energy.
As a result of the project, the young people developed a board game that focused on four of UNESCO’s 17 goals: no poverty , education, sustainable cities and the environment, and sustainable energy. The board game was a creative tool to illustrate the complexities of these issues and encourage youth to advocate for positive change in their communities.
The participants from Italy, Estonia, France and Austria benefited from the project in many ways. They had the opportunity to share their own cultural backgrounds and learn from each other. Through the interactive workshops, they expanded their knowledge of the different aspects of cities and regions. They also developed their media literacy and skills to create and share content on the internet. In addition, the project allowed participants to express their ideas and opinions on the topics of the project and to actively participate in discussions. They developed a deep understanding of the importance of cultural heritage, environmental protection, and sustainability in their communities.
The project was presented both within the class groups and in public. The class groups had the opportunity to share their experiences in their schools and to inform their classmates about the project. In addition, a PADLET was set up:
There, the young people are able to upload their own contributions, photos and videos to document their experiences and share them with others. This allowed them to raise their voices and express their thoughts on the themes of the project. Overall, the Erasmus+ project „Places to create“ was a valuable experience for the participants from Italy, Estonia, France and Austria. They were able to expand their knowledge, develop new skills and actively participate in discussions about the design of cities and regions. The project has not only deepened their understanding of cultural heritage, environmental protection and sustainability, but also strengthened their motivation to advocate for positive change in their communities.
The most important achievements could be summarized as follows: Cultural awareness: Students develop a deeper understanding of Europe’s cultural diversity by engaging with the cultural and economic conditions in other countries. You will learn about the importance of European and national cultural heritage. Intercultural competence: By working in internationally mixed groups, students learn to respect different cultural traditions and to recognize similarities and differences between nations and cultures. This promotes tolerance and understanding of diversity. Presentation skills: Students will be able to present and explain their findings and concepts to a broad audience. This strengthens their skills in the field of communication and public speaking. Creative Thinking: Students are encouraged to develop new perspectives and ideas and translate the given concepts into creative products. This encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Exchange of experiences: Students have the opportunity to gain first-hand cultural experiences by participating in multinational events and visiting historical sites. This broadens their horizons and enriches their knowledge of other cultures. Sustainable Development Awareness: Students will learn about UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals and understand their importance. This fosters awareness of the pressing global challenges and the role they can play in a sustainable future. Teacher professionalization: The teachers involved have the opportunity to strengthen their pedagogical skills and intercultural competences. They can learn about new teaching methods and best practices from other countries and integrate them into their lessons. Networking: Teachers can make international contacts and benefit from an exchange of teaching materials and teaching ideas. This fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing between teachers from different countries. In summary, this ERASMUS+ project offers students and teachers the opportunity to look beyond the horizon, develop intercultural competences, develop creative skills and gain a deeper understanding of sustainable development. These are important achievements that not only promote the personal development of the participants, but also contribute to a more diverse and tolerant society. In the course of this project, the participating students were able to implement their acquired new knowledge in the creation of a game.
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