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Using the city as a tool for learning. Instead of sitting in a classroom and just talk about the city, we go out and ‘read’ it: listen, smell, feel, taste and look at it. We want to explore our cities with the children in order to find on them cities original characteristics of being a place where to meet and interact: public areas, shared and systematic space, defined spaces to functions, Our aim is to explore a theme of Urbanism and European Citizenship in a fast changing Europe. Our schools are situated in urban contexts in big cities, capital cities or cities with important historical and multicultural aspects. We wiil look at cities from many aspects; through the cultural institutions, museums, the public spaces and works of art. We will look at who lives where and why. We will look at the traditional or historical life of the city and the newer multicultural additions. Our project aims to focus on the process the pupils will be follow to build a Community of learners interacting with their partners , exploring their environments and forming their own identity in a wider community. We hope to develop their sense of belonging to a Community of Learners exploring with them and with partners the aspects that makes our cities " Education communities" .
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The summary is what the evaluators are going to see first. I tried to rewrite it adding, deleting, incorporating things. I hope that the idea remains the same. However there are some things mentioned that have to be matched with activities. For example if we are going to mention the 'five elements' of the city we need to have more environmental activities (nature); it is also important to add activities about the people in the city. Or we need to mention activities about city networks. By the way I think Tarja's organisation in 8 tasks is very helpful, I 'll make my remarks later (this long night I hope!)

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Nowadays, one of the most characteristic trends across Europe is urban growth both in terms of population and space. Moreover, some experts point out that urban areas in the future will eventually tend to fuse one another forming bigger entities such as mega-cities and metropolises. Our schools are situated in urban contexts in capital cities, big cities, cities with important historical and multicultural aspects. Our students are going to grow and live their lives within and also shape these contexts.
Our aim is to explore a theme of Urbanism and European Citizenship in a fast changing Europe. We define cities as systems of interaction and interdependence between five elements: (Child - Nature - Buildings - Networks - Society). Therefore, our intention is to look at these elements through children’s eyes. Aspects of children’s everyday lives in big cities in relation with what constitutes their city, such as parks-rivers-climate, housing-schools-museums-monuments-public spaces- defined spaces to functions, communication-energy-transport networks, cultural institutions-works of art, who lives where and why, the traditional or historical life of the city as well as the newer multicultural additions will be explored locally and compared at a wider European level through the interaction with the other partner cities.
We focus especially on the pedagogic process through which pupils will explore and gain knowledge on urban environments that form their own identities in the European context in order to be active citizens of Europe. Instead of sitting in a classroom and just talk about the city, we will use the city itself as a tool for learning. We’ll go out and ‘read’ it: listen, smell, feel, taste, and look at it. Our project will be realized through the development of a network between our urban schools that will offer all students the opportunity to interact with their partner-peers developing their sense of belonging to a Community of Learners and actually turning their cities into "Education Communities”.

Posted on 07/02/12 23:18.

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Great job! Thanks a lot George I think it's good like that, we can incorporate in the form!
PAtrizia

Posted on 07/02/12 23:50 in reply to George Antonopoulos.

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BRAVO!!!

Posted on 08/02/12 13:19 in reply to George Antonopoulos.

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