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Third Day- Scheduling Project Meetings

The third day of our Project Meeting was dedicated to analysing the project and establishing a calendar for our future meetings and activities to be done in schools with our students and fellow teachers.

Our work was eased by the Activities Notebook created by the Romanian coordinator, Mrs. Adriana Vadasan. To have a closer look to this project product, please click on: ActivitiesNotebook .

The teachers’ and students’ meetings were scheduled as follows:

Romania – 10th to 17th January 2015- Project Meeting for Teachers

Turkey- 19th to 25th April 2015- Project Meeting for Teachers

Lithuania- 13th to 19th September 2015- Project Meeting for Teachers

Turkey- 11th to 17th October 2015- Project Meeting for Students and Teachers

Lithuania- 8th to 14 May 2016- Project Meeting for Students and Teachers

Portugal- 29th May to 4th June 2016- Project Meeting for Teachers

The Portuguese team coordinator made a digital map of the teachers’ meetings to be held between 2015-2016.

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We had also  established the common criteria for students’ selection. We all agreed on the following:

1.The students must be between 14 and 18 years old.

2.The students must have at least an A2 level of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

3.The students must be able to use an editing program, at  least at a beginner’s level and to communicate usign online channels.

Visting teachers from Turkey, Lithuania and Portugal attended English classes held in the hosting institution. The students were encouraged to speak in English and ask questions about the culture, history and lifestyle specific to the project countries. 

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Turkish Teacher meets Romanian Students

We discussed about the procedure for making the mini-dictionaries in English-Romanian-Turkish-Lithuanian-Portuguese.

Second Day- Defining Stereotypes

The second day of our meeting was dedicated to understanding and making the difference between concepts such as: stereotypes, prejudgements and discrimination.

The working session started with a brainstorming activity done at a team level. The teams were formed by participants belonging to the same school and country. We tried to identify the most widespread cultural and national stereotypes associated with each country.  At the end of the brainstorming session, a conceptual mindmap was made, which was given a digital form by the coordinator of the Portuguese team.

For a closer look to the conceptual mindmap, click here. 

Conceptual Map on Stereotypes

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The next stage consisted in identifying widespread stereotypes about the countries involved in the project. We chose ten prejudgements about each country.

Stereotypes on Romanian people, click here.

Stereotypes on Turkish people, click here.

Stereotypes on Lithuanian people, click here.

Stereotypes on Portuguese  people, click here. 

We decided to devise a questionnaire on the  stereotypes associated with Romania, Turkey, Lithuania and Portugal. The questionnaire had nine stereotypic statements for each partner country. The Likert scale was used for validating the questionnaire. We decided to distribute this end product in each school, to segments consisting of 100 students, 20 teachers  and 5 non-teaching staff members.

The project team also reached the conclusion that it was necessary to make a second questionnaire, in order to test the target group knowledge on the culture and history of the four countries involved in the project. This product would be distributed twice: at the beginning and at the end of the time span alloted to “Building a New Europe against Stereotypes”. 

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The last part of our work day was dedicated to discussions about the site and the blogs necessary to make our work accessible to a larger public.

The Portuguese team presented their Weebly site written in Portuguese. The other teams also decided to make Weebly sites written in their mother tongue for target audience that could not understand English. The project site, reuniting the work of all four teams would be written in English, administrated by the Romanian team and done using the WordPress platform.

To see the site created by the Turkish team, click here.

To see the site created by the Lithuanian team, click here.

To see the site created by the Portuguese team, click here.

To see the site created by the Romanian team, click here. 

First Day – Meeting the Partners

The first day of the meeting project was focused on breaking the ice and getting to know each other better. Thus, there were made presentations of the countries, towns and schools involved in the project. The presentations are available in the About Us, section of the site.

In order to understand each other better, we also made presentations of our educational systems and we tried to identify their similiraties and differences.  It came out that in spite of the distances between them, the four countries involved in the project do not have huge discrepances in the structure of their schooling systems.

Here are our presentations and our comparative analysis. 

PowerPoint presentation of the Romanian Education System.

Presentation of the Portuguese Education System, click here.

PowerPoint presentation of The Turkish Education System. 

PowerPoint presentation of The Lithuanian Education System.

The visiting partners ended their work day with a tour of the Economic High School of Arad, followed by a guided town tour.

Click on Programme-of-the-meeting-Arad to download the programme of the meeting.

Hello Europe!

The aim of our project, “Building a New Europe against Stereotypes”, is to teach students that difference is beneficial and we can all be united through diversity, since it is the ingredient that spices up our lives.

We invite you to join us into our journey across cultures and beliefs and find more about Romania, Turkey, Portugal and Lithuania as well as about the people inhabiting these intersting and sometimes intriguing countries.

This is where our discovery begins.

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