Have you ever wondered how it could be to study at a school in Turkey, Spain or Finland? Or how could your life be if you lived in Iceland, Cyprus or Portugal? What better way to respond if you do not live a different experience ?!
The European Union provides a wide range of projects and programs, allowing them to fully enjoy European citizenship. One of the most important of these is the Erasmus + Lifelong Learning Program. Starting from compulsory education, passing through university and even after graduation and as a worker, the European citizen has the opportunity to live an experience abroad.
In 2013, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) started one of its most ambitious projects: Erasmus in Schools. The project aims to put Erasmus students in touch with Italian high school students in order to:
- highlighting the benefits of carrying out part of the studies abroad;
- prevent xenophobia;
- contribute to the development of intercultural skills;
- spread the idea of a type of innovative learning based on direct contact with different realities;
- make young people aware of European diversity as a treasure to be exploited.
In carrying out the project, carried out by all the local sections, ESN Italia has the opportunity to collaborate with the Erasmus + / INDIRE National Agency.
With Erasmus in Schools, international students who are studying in Italy have the possibility of organizing lectures, conferences and meetings in schools, in order to share their culture and traditions and to transmit the values of citizenship to young people in high schools. European Union, mobility, intercultural learning and internationalization.
In 2016 ESN Italia decides to propose to its local Sections a new and innovative edition of Erasmus in Schools, Discovery Europe which stems from the idea of extending this project to elementary and middle schools. The task of informing and raising awareness on issues concerning the European Union will be entrusted to young trainers, ESN volunteers. The fact that the meetings are held by ESNers, or young university students, represents an added value for the project, as they will be able to stimulate greater interest in children and young people. The meetings held in schools will be articulated in different ways according to the class of reference.
The aim of the lessons will be to make students aware of their role as European citizens through a deepening of the history of European integration and of the structure, tasks and functions performed by the Community institutions.