“We-always” is a two-year project to be developed by IES Azorín (Petrer-Spain), Lycée Marseilleveyre (Marseille-France), Egri Pásztorvölgyi Általános Iskola és Gimnázium (Eger Hungary) and Thomas-Mann-Gymnasium (Berlin-Germany) and their staff and students.
The project arises from the observation of a need for a deeper self-understanding of our present reality through the values and the legacy of our past, and in the hope of tackling biases towards future global positions. Hence, the schools aim to address EU-wide issues related to our heritage and the youth engagement in these matters.
The main objectives of the project are to reinforce the students competences by means of a multidisciplinary approach based on tasks and projects and to foster the knowledge and preservation of our heritage by developing expert ICT and promoting the synergy with other institutions.
Furthermore, we intend to create and improve resources to make them more inclusive and sustainable as well as raise awareness about the importance of intercultural understanding. “W-always” contains in itself the essence of our proposal. On the one hand, the expression “we always” summarizes the priority of our project: our heritage (what we were, what we are and what we will be). On the other hand, “W-always” encompasses the expression “WE ALL” as well as the elements “WALLS + WAYS”, two basic notions that serve as the scaffolding of the project.
The activities of the first year revolve therefore around our “WALLS”, understood as our identity. We will approach both our tangible heritage (remains of buildings, walls, archaeological sites…) and our intangible heritage (music, dances, cuisine, festivals etc.). The walls which separate us in many senses, but which ultimately define who and how we are. The activities of second year are devoted to the “WAYS”, those that lead us to find about the others and to talk, share and agree on how to keep our heritage for future generations.
We depart from a multidisciplinary and collaborative methodology that provides our students with ITC knowledge and research tools, and that serves as a springboard to build a much more challenging working relationship with local institutions and a greater vision and engagement with global issues.
This will end up in written and audiovisual tasks and oral presentations, and relevant authentic materials aimed at the community and/or at educational purposes. “W-always” will never end up on the scrap heap of history. On the contrary, many of its results will remain available for learners and their communities. Besides, teachers will benefit from the training and methodological innovations and use them in class. “W-always” sustainability lies yet beyond these benefits since this project will help our students to become critical thinkers, committed youngsters and confident life-long learners. It will enable them to develop transferable high-quality skills and eventually to become successful adult EU citizens.