Název projektu: Moving Waters - How Water Shapes Us
Délka projektu: 1.10.2017 – 31.12.2019
Koordinátor projektu: Mgr. Dana Jarolímová
ACADEMIA MERCURII soukromá střední škola, s.r.o.
Náchod, Česká republika
CSG Willem van Oranje
Privatgymnasimum Dr. Florian Uberreiter
Liceo Statale A.Serpieri
Appleby Grammar School
Appleby, Velká Británie
The Dutch school is located below sea-level, in the vicinity of Rotterdam harbour, which makes it particularly affected by water. When the Dutch school visited the school in Appleby, UK, they found out how they were affected by water as well as a result of yearly flooding. Therefore both schools share a common interest in exploring the way water shapes us and our environment. Both schools wanted to explore this question in a wider context and in different parts of Europe. We contacted a school in Rimini (Italy) because they are directly on the Adriatic coast and a school in Náchod (Czech Republic) which is located near the mountains where there are water springs and upper river streams. Also the school teaches a study programme about Travel and Tourism, where water is taught from the point of view of ecology and its influence on the environment, tourism, means of transport and economics. As all schools are located in smaller cities we contacted a school in Munich (where the river Isar runs through directly from the Alps) to include an urban aspect to our explorations and to find out how water is used for recreational purposes in big cities.
Water is vital to all countries. It affects the areas we live in and therefore shapes our society. When looking into the sources available we soon found out that most water projects have a narrowed focus: They either focus on the purely scientific elements of water or merely on aspects of sustainability, without addressing the questions we were interested in. Therefore we would like to develop learning material that address the following questions:
How does water shape us and the areas and societies we live in? Which opportunities do we derive from water and what challenges do we face because of the water that surrounds us? We will look into recreational purposes of water (tourism, aesthetic aspects), economic opportunities (for example transport), environmental issues (flooding, rising sea levels), the management of water itself (quality of drinking water, waste water treatment) and the geographical aspect (how beaches, rivers, seas and lakes shape the regions which we live in). Besides, our project focuses on the way how water moves us, i.e. how does water connect people with different ideas, cultural backgrounds and interests?
What we will create in our project "Moving Waters - how water shapes us" is a series of lesson material in the field of sciences, arts and languages. The schools involved in this project will all include students aged 13-19. A total number of 800 students will be involved in this project, 92 of which will also be selected to travel to the partner schools. As the level of our students may vary, we will create lessons that are suitable for students from different backgrounds, who follow education on different levels and who have different learning styles. Our approach is student-cantered, i.e. our students will do research themselves, present their results, compare their findings and share their newly gained knowledge. The material can be used within schools in all countries, even with few facilities.
Above all, our project aims to promote the acquisition of skills and competences of both students and teachers. More in specific, our project aims to increase students' intercultural competences, to enhance multilingualism (using English and German as a lingua franca), to increase their knowledge of water and water management, to foster their digital skills, to increase their self-confidence (as a result of their growing intercultural competence) and to challenge Euroscepticism. The project also supports the recently announced assessment of global competence in PISA tests by OECD, which is the capacity to examine global and intercultural issues, to take up multiple perspectives, to engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions and to act for collective well-being and sustainable development.
For teachers, the project will lead to the use of more innovative and activating didactics (also beyond the project), which will, as a result of the student-cantered approach, hopefully lead to a greater social inclusion of students with different backgrounds, interests, competences and learning strategies. Furthermore we hope to improve the ICT skills of teachers as a didactic tool.
The project will further help to motivate students for studies in the field of water management and to enthuse them to study abroad.
Finally, the project will help schools to gain insight into different pedagogical approaches, to foster arts, economic and natural sciences, to enhance the use of ICT by both teachers and students in a thoughtful manner, to improve learning outcomes of students who have participated in the project as a result of an increase in student-based approaches, and better communicative skills in English and/or German.
Likewise, our project will form the foundation for further cooperation between the different schools.