Sustainability – Preserving Europe for Future Generations
Europe is one of the most diverse parts of the world. Looking back at a rich, tumultuous history, the high standards of today have been achieved by learning from past developments and conflicts. Europe has developed a responsibility towards its human and natural environment that needs not only to be preserved but strengthened in the minds of future generations. If they do not understand our common past, we cannot pass on our high quality of life, rich culture and know how. Our duty is to raise students’ awareness and understanding of the importance of preserving Europe’s uniqueness and the challenges lying ahead. This englobes the preservation of history and the development of technologies that enable us to deal with our natural and social environment in a sustainable way. Our future needs an active next generation that realizes Europe’s strengths and contributes to their preservation and further improvement. However, traditional teacher-centred methods often do not meet the needs of students coming from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. The objectives of our project therefore are not only to implement more active and participatory learning and teaching methods, but also to raise awareness for the importance of sustainability and its numerous aspects among our students and their peers. Our project focuses on valuable initiatives to motivate young people to get active themselves. Moreover, we want to improve intercultural knowledge, language skills, self-esteem, soft skills, ICT skills and a deeper understanding of a common Europe and its values amongst the participants. This project will help to establish international networks and equal opportunities for all participants coming from six schools from Turkey, Austria, Finland, Spain, Hungary and Germany and represent different school systems (private primary and secondary school, public upper and lower secondary school, public vocational school). This ensures to have participants with different backgrounds, ages and fields of expertise. The number of students and teachers directly involved will be approximately 360, and more than 3000 people will benefit indirectly.