The Partners

  • As experienced educators, we often notice students don't understand the rationale of certain subjects, find it too difficult to learn new things and progress. Most school curriculums focus on lists of skills to attain, and we fail to understand why some students will achieve some but won't achieve others. We ask students to learn, we teach them how to learn but we often notice that when they have managed to do so, once the assessment is over, a few months or years later, little remains from what they've learnt. Neuroscience studies show we remember what we experience, that we can't learn nor learn to learn if our social background doesn't allow us to access knowledge This could explain why students from privileged backgrounds can learn and remember better what they've learned : their world allows them to reactivate outside school what they have learned inside. Leisure time, which helps reactivating knowledge and skills, differs from one social class to another and stresses unequalities. Moreover, Junior highschool is a particular delicate transition in a teenager's life. So many changes take place physically and psychologically that it can be a real ordeal for some of them to stay focused on their school career and feel secure within the educational system. Most of time, they feel their priorities in inadequacy with what school institutions, families and society expect from them. We do believe this project will help them understand that school can be a place where they can find self-fulfillment, where the main goal isn't to merely answer the expectations of society but to find who they are to understand what goals they wish to reach, and how to reach them. This project aims at helping schools afford implemeting new activities, go beyond regular school curriculums and help students find their talent , to develop further the different subjects and skills taught at school, and explore new types of activities and projects. Thanks to the use of innovative ICT tools, peer work and cross disciplinary activities we hope to include and encourage all our students to try new activities, without fear of failure. They will become more self-confident about their own talents and skills, and more comfortable with the time spent at school. Thus, our schools will suffer less from early school leaving, school demotivation but also allow all our students to consider long term schooling, and the importance to carry on their studies as far as possible. Moreover, as our schools are located in rural or semi rural areas, we also believe that this project will help our students to open up to other cultures, and fight their bias. Indeed, Europe is still a vague notion, often seen through the economic side. By collaborating with European students and learning about their culture, we will build bridges between our countries and establish a longlasting relationship. Thanks to this project, we will help our students become better achieved European citizens.