Cultural Dialogue von Empowering Young People: 1. Project overview

1. General information

Participating Schools:

•Kaufmännische Schulen d. BFI Wien, Austria

•Ekonomsko trgovinska skola Bor, Serbia

•Ferdinand von Steinbeis Schule, Tuttlingen, Germany

•Secondary School No. 8 Odessa, Izmail, Ukraine

 

 

Project overview

The topic we chose for our cluster was Cultural Dialogue; we had to decide what kind of activities would be interesting for our pupils and bring the schools together and, most important, achieve a real cultural exchange. In the end, the pupils had the idea of making videos about their daily lives. Together we chose two main topics, school life and free-time activities. These and a few technical regulations were all suggested by the pupils.

Thus, the general target of our group was to create two meaningful videos about a student's life and afterwards to give feedback on the others' ideas and results.

 

Project duration: May 2012 – December 2013

 Target group:

Students at each participating school and people from schools or similar institutions interested in cultural exchange projects

Pedagogical methods used:

1. Team-based learning

2. Presentations

3. Demonstrations

4. Tutorials

5. Story-telling

6. Discussion

 

Necessary materials:

1. Video camera and knowledge of how to use it

2. Computers and a printer

3. Computer programmes to cut and edit the videos

4. License-free music

5. Filming permits for filming in public places

6. Facebook accounts and a Facebook group of our own as well as a blog for public access

7. Motivated pupils

 

The project offered a great variety of benefits for all project participants,

starting with the students who  learned a lot about other cultures and intercultural differences, gained greater language skills and gained deeper insight into the world and issues in the world around them and tried to solve some of them.

There were also a lot of benefits for the teachers, who were in a position to develop closer relationships with their students because they could meet each other in some different situations.

Talking about key factors, the language skills were perhaps most important,

then team work and cooperation, which helped the students realise great projects and acquire new information about other cultures.

 

The project was important for our students because it has helped them to understand and recognise their abilities and start thinking about their role in society and possibilities they are offered.

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