On 4th and 5th February, beneficiaries of Strategic Partnerships KA2 School Education sector of the ERASMUS + will meet in Florence. The high school Publio Virgilio Marone of Avellino, represented by Mrs. Gabriella Pecora, will be present with the project "Thinking Allowed - Teenage students have their say on Human rights". The project of cultural exchange in English is aimed to promote a greater and more active participationof pupils and teachers as European citizens in civil life to contribute, in line with the 2015 Paris Declaration, to the promotion of values such as freedom, equality, dignity, human rights and respect for diversity. Thanks to this initiative, moreover, the teachers of the partnership schools (the Lyceum of Applied Sciences "La Martiniere Monplaisir" of Lyon - France, the "San Rosendo" Superior Institute of Mondonedo - Spain, the "Mihai Eminescu" Dumbraveni - Romania, the "A 'Arsakeio Geniko" Lyceum of Athens - Greece besides the Virgilio High School) have been involved and trained on the methodology of Cooperative Learning. Through reading and critical analysis of issues such as immigration, children's rights, gender equality and freedom of expression, teachers and pupils have met and discussed to reach shared positions and proposals to suggest to national and European institutions. The pupils of the schools had the opportunity to be hosted by the families of their peers during their stays in the aforementioned cities, living for seven days in a different cultural environment and speaking English during the whole stay. This has been also an important opportunity to get to know and study the democratic processes that characterized the history of the participating countries, but above all to build bridges of friendship and collaboration between the different schools in sharing the values of freedom and equality. The last stage, scheduled from 4 to 10 April, will have as a destination Greece where the activities of students and teachers will focus on the focus "Freedom of speech and expression".
Local newspaper article about the meeting at the Italian National Agency