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Europe 2100: A Sustainable Future for European Youth
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015, Date de fin: 31 août 2017 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

Our starting point is a high-impact topic: the need to make our lifestyles sustainable within the next few decades. According to IPCC by the year 2100 Europe’s emissions of greenhouse gasses should be reduced to 0% in order to limit the global warming to 2 degrees. Together we, four European schools from The Netherlands, France, Italy and Lithuania, want to find a route to a sustainable future for the next generation in Europe and, by extension, elsewhere. At the same time our school boards share the need to motivate students in order to get better (exam) results, also from excellent students, more students who choose challenging scientific studies and less absenteeism and drop outs. By working on the topic of Climate Change we aim to enhance our education in two ways: 1. strengthening the profile of the teaching profession. 2. getting the students to learn in innovative ways. During two years we are planning to travel to each school to learn from experts about solutions for ‘Europe 2100’. We will have a constant participation of 2 teachers (the accepted minimum in international exchanges) and 10/12 students. Each visit will have a theme related to sustainability: 1. Beverwijk, November 2015: "Climate Change" and "The End of the Conventional Energy Supply", 2. Desenzano, March 2016: "Sustainable lifestyle, Sustainable Transport and Food", 3. Vilnius, October 2016: "Energy Efficiency for a Sustainable Future", 4. Longwy, March 2017: "Sustainable Waste Management" and "The EU Policy for a Sustainable Future", 5. Texel, June 2017: "A Carbon Free Future". During the five-day Meetings students will attend the experts’ lectures, go on excursions (for example in Holland to a windmill farm or in Lithuania to a pump storage power plant and closed nuclear plant) . Together during the meeting they will produce their presentations for Ted Talks, to be delivered peer-to-peer when they return to their country. They will also attend English language lessons on the topic, so they acquire the specific jargon. After each exchange teachers of different subjects from the host country will develop an interactive Learning and Teaching Module. This will be a high-quality product, deriving from the results and outcomes of the lectures and will be available on our Learning Portal and on Twin Space for teachers and students to use. In the months after each visit, the Module will have a follow up in the form of project days in each school. These projects may consist in Ted Talks, CLIL lessons or similar initiatives. In the Netherlands teachers familiar with the topics will take part using the SVOK-academy. Around 300 persons per school will benefit from these activities. The expected impact is manifold. We aim to see long-term results on four levels: 1. Students will be more motivated for school by gaining autonomy and being able to change the future by finding solutions for the climate problem. They also enhance their cross-curricular competence, develop their language skills and European citizenship. 2. Teachers discover new teaching methods using the Learning Portal and gain high-level knowledge on the topic of sustainable development. Also, they learn to work in interdisciplinary teams, and are motivated to go abroad for their professional development. 3. Schools will be more attractive and have better results because of the strengthening of the teaching profession and increased motivation among students who will have better education, better results and fewer dropouts. Also, the schools will have created contacts with national institutions and research centres and become more international-oriented. 4. Outside our schools, we will spread the new teaching / learning methods and the sustainable solutions for ‘Europe 2100’ by promoting the Learning Portal. With the multiplier event on Texel (June 2017) we will disseminate our results also to people outside our local network. The results and impact described above will be made sustainable by continuing to work together as one project team after 2017. The resources needed will be provided by the schools but we intend to apply for a new Erasmus+ project between 2017- 2019. We expect to be able to take the following actions: 1. the Learning Portal will be promoted with the four learning Modules on "Europe 2100: A sustainable Future for European Youth" as teaching resources and for individual e-Learning. Each school will apply the expertise in e-Learning developed with the Learning Portal and the four Interactive Modules to new educational contexts, 2. Peer-to-peer learning will be taken in each school as a model to be extended to different educational contexts, 3. contacts with the ocal school network and authorities will be enforced for further initiatives and collaboration. These activities will ensure the long-term dissemination of results, using the motivation of the international Project Team and each school's human, intellectual and digital resources.



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