Project introduction

 

                                        

                                                                                                                     

 

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Summary

The partner schools have already met for a preparatory meeting where they agreed that for the partner schools it is important to raise the awareness about the importance of biodiversity among their students.

In order to achieve our main objective each participant is going to focus on some problems of biodiversity and environmental issues in their regions. Therefore the main aims of this project are to point at the possible consequences of the decrement of local biodiversity and also to deal with endangered species of plants and animals, healthy lifestyle, natural touristic attractions, active forms of leisure activities, to show the connection between nature and the activity of human beings.

One of the most important activities is to organise series of different field work in every country in different environments - cities, mountains, forests, and seaside. We would also share all used methods of the field work because methodical exchange is a very important element of our collaboration. Teachers of different subjects in each school are going to participate - Biology, Geography, ICT and Foreign Languages since they will be able to practice their foreign language outside their usual classes when talking to their partners from different countries.

While working on this project we would like to find and use many methods for developing the social competence. We see this as one of the problems of our education where students are not taught how to cooperate with schools from other countries and how to deal with problems and solve them. By visiting other countries the students will be given the opportunity to learn about different cultures, traditions and they will learn how to tolerate other cultures and how to take responsibility for themselves and also for others.

 

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Partner Schools:

Γυμνάσιο Ορμύλιας, Gymnasio Ormylias, Greece

Гимназия за чужди езици "Васил Левски", Burgas - Bulgaria

Palatul Copiilor Bacau - Romania

Gymnázium Opatovská 7, Košice - Slovakia http://gymopatke.edupage.org/

Gimnazjum dla Młodzieży w Zespole Szkół ZDZ, Rybnik, Poland

Şehit Şener Gündem Ortaokulu, Elmadağ / Ankara - Turkey, http://sehitsenergundemortaokulu.meb.k12.tr/

Ady Endre Gimnazium - Budapest - Hungary,  www.adygimanazium.eu

 

Mobilities:

Budapest (HU) (21-25 Oct. 2013)

Kosice (SK) (2-11 April 2014)

Ankara  (TR) (2-11 May 2014)

Bacau (RO) (21-26 September  2014)

Burgas (BG) (2-7 Nov. 2014

Rybnik (PL) (April 2015)

Ormylia (GR) (May  2015)

 

Rationale:

Please describe the motivation for this project and why this project is needed.

This project provides some excellent opportunities for both students and teachers to raise awareness about preserving biodiversity in Europe. The rapid development has led to the destruction of the environment in many parts of the world so it is important to raise awareness among young people on these issues in order to preserve nature for future generations. The young generation must be aware of the risks connected with the development of industry, production of waste and thoughtless destruction of nature. Young people should know how to protect the planet, both in the local and global perspective. Each of us through some simple steps can help to change the awareness of the inhabitants of the region.

We wish to help our students develop their love for nature as well as their knowledge about the benefits of preserving it as much as they can. Also to develop research skills, making them aware of the environment around them as well as its importance in the human life. Moreover, the project will enable young people to know flora and fauna of other countries which are often very different from that occurring locally.

An integral objective of the project is to familiarize, both teachers and students, with the methods of science education in the partner countries. These subjects are an indispensable part of the overall education of the youth. Young people taking part in the project will be able to communicate with partners from different countries and to draw ideas for activities that can be implemented locally. The better places on the field where we can find all kind of living organism are the protected areas like forests under the Natura 2000 protection. In that way we are planning to visit with our students  natural-protected woods and find typical species found in the forests of our regions, footprints of animals and take photos of different organisms.

Students will have the chance to understand the importance of the forest in keeping the chemical composition of the air which we all breathe, will have the occasion to spend more time in nature, will learn about the species that live in the areas, they will visit and will learn how to protect them. What’s more, because many of the activities will take place in protected areas, they will learn how to use resources of the respective zone in a sustainable way. They will record species threatened with extinction and the negative impact of human activities in the forests.

We will create a Herbarium:  we collect small parts of the plants very carefully, not harm the species and dry them. We will not touch endangered species (find in the red data book) or species threatened with extinction (only photo). The number of species in the herbarium will be symbolic, just students to understand basic differences on them and evaluate biodiversity.

As a result of carrying out this project, our school’s students will know more about rare and endangered species and will learn how to mprotect them. We are also thinking about awareness-activities for the adult population in the near areas of the natural reserve and for the students in near located schools.

We wish through this project to develop the spirit of involvement in community problems of our students. Through actions in which we will partake together with environment NGO’s the students will actively participate in solving acute problems with which the administrators of those areas are being confronted with. Thus, we shall participate in the sanitation of the natural places, tree planting, feeding animals in critical moments, marking tourism areas, counting specimens from a certain species, etc.

This project is necessary to arouse interest in Europe amongst our students and make them feel part of one united Europe. Having real contact with other cultures and languages is a real benefit and necessity to develop a feeling of European citizenship.

This will increase the students' motivation and enthusiasm not only in respect to protect biodiversity in the forests but also in respect to biodiversity in their local surroundings and language learning in a context which is relevant to them, making them enjoy learning and have a greater potential to achieve.

The use of modern technology will also be of importance and necessity to prepare our students for their future lives. So, of course, our main motivation is to give our students the opportunities they really deserve, by helping them in their personal and academic formation, as there is often no other support than the one provided by our schools.

Comenius project will also provide the opportunity for our staff to learn about, compare and contrast educational systems and forms of teaching, which is so important in a world that focuses on education and life-long learning. Apart from that this project will also allow staff to develop and improve skills, such as international project management. Moreover, this project will help us show the wealth and uniqueness of our smaller towns and regions to other countries. So, we try to raise awareness not only in the school institutions but also among the local communities and, of course, the European community.

 

Expected result:

-Creation of a common logo and slogan for our project.

-Creation of the Comenius corner in each school. It will contain information about the project, photos, typical plants  in our region, biodiversity information, posters created by students.

- Presentations of participants' institutions and communities to school family and community (Comenius Evening with local representatives and interested guests) and on website.

- -Presentation of Christmas tradition (Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox) for Turkey (video conference)

-Making promotion items /T-shirts, caps, pens/pencils/ with the best logo and slogan.

-Creation of a dictionary in all languages of the participant countries with the most common vocabulary connected to biodiversity.

- Mobility to Slovakia, presentations about Slovak educational system, Slovak culture, traditions, how Slovaks protect nature and keep natural heritage.

-Presentation of the activity results - "talking to plants in pots".

- Creation of a record of endemic species (being ecologically unique in their surrounding).

-Creation of European Herbarium.

- -Learn to use the European Environment Agency site(Natura2000 viewer).

- Visiting protected natural area, field work to significant locations for biodiversity in Ankara,

- Visiting an institution connected to biodiversity (NGO).

- -Video creation about our region sights and the beauty of our country; from biodiversity point.

-Creation of the biodiversity calendar.

-Intermediate evaluation of activities.

- Visiting protected natural area (forests and lakes as Natura 2000 sites). Bird watching on the Bacau II lake.

-Presentation of Fauna and Flora of the participant countries.

- Visual mapping of biodiversity in different seasons in our region

- Visiting protected natural area.

-Presentation of region sights and country's beauty of the participant countries

- Creation of posters 'Why is biodiversity important for your generation? '- the posters are going to be displayed in schools.

- video-conference via Skype - How can I personally help to protect biodiversity.

-visiting protected natural area.

-Photography workshops - how to take good photos of nature.

-Presentation of the best songs about biodiversity.

- Creation of brochures by groups of  students. Each brochure should inform people about the importance of biodiversity,  present information from school experiments, inform about local endemics, endangered local fauna and flora.

visiting protected natural area under Natura 2000 sites

- The printing of common biodiversity brochure.

- Presentation of the best posters and brochures with the topic.

- Presentation of the biodiversity dictionary and Herbarium

- Debate in each school - Is ZOO a prison for animals or not? - 6 chosen students in two groups with opposed ideas are going to prepare information.

-Students are going to fill out an online questionnaire - What does this project teach me? - there are going to be questions about the expected outcomes of the project, students will evaluate the activities, their new social skills, new information.

-Creation of a video with opinions about the project results(activities and outcomes).

-Publication of the results on website.

- Self-evaluation of the project both by students and teachers.

-Final evaluation of the project.

-Writing the final report.

 

The concrete objectives are:

- to teach students that the existence of different varieties of organisms is the most important factor for ensuring the survival of all creatures on our planet,

- to promote sustainable environment initiatives,

- to acquire knowledge about the forests' structure and function,

- to make young people aware of their influence on the environment,

- to make a research on young people's attitude towards environmental issues,

- to measure young people's involvement in environmental campaigns,

- to make students aware of the possibilities they have,

- to carry out experiments measuring the level of environmental pollution,

- to promote healthy lifestyle,

- to improve our students' English skills as English is the working language,

- to improve our students' creativity and imagination and to foster their artistic skills by giving them the opportunity to work for and publish their "products" and offering motivating activities like artistic recording of flora in different seasons, artistic photos or videos,

- to explore fauna and flora of our region,

- to examine how the pollution affects the biodiversity in our region,

- to visit interesting places in our area (national parks, natural monuments, nature reserves, places of recreation),

- to use new technologies and media and thus improve students' IT skills, media competence and literacy,

- to compare and evaluate educational systems by visiting partner institutions,

- to re-think teaching methods by visiting classes in partner institutions and exchanging ideas.

Approaches:

In order to achieve particular objectives, constant involvement of all partners is required. Short presentations on particular problems shall be created and shared with other partners. Pupils will provide solutions for their local environment, as well as for one of the partners' countries. During the two years, numerous visits shall be organized where pupils will have a chance to witness the damage that is done to the environment. They will participate in workshops, a clean-up campaign, a 'plant-a-tree day,' a debate and a number of other stimulating and thought-provoking activities. Questionnaires measuring environmental awareness among young people will be created, conducted and analyzed by the students themselves. Competition for an article to the local press about the state of the environment will be conducted. Moreover, students from different countries will take part in the competition on the ecology.

ACTIVITY PLAN 2013-2015

 

date

Activity/mobility description

09/13

First work meetings in each country. Students get acquainted with the project and prepare questionnaires for other countries to be sent to them.

First video conference of all participants. Filling in of questionnaires sent by other countries.

Preparation for introductory presentation by each partner school (presentation, movie, photo story or live dub about each school and town).

Setting up the website for the project. (PL)

10/13

-Creation of a common logo and slogan for our project. - Creative competition of a common logo and slogan for our project.

-Creation of the Comenius corner in each school. It will contain information about the project, photos, typical plants  in our region, biodiversity information, posters created by students.

11/13

Mobility to Hungary; Presentations of participants' institutions and communities to school family and community (Comenius Evening with local representatives and interested guests) and on website.

12/13

-Presentation of Christmas tradition (Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox) for Turkey (video conference)

- End of the competition for the best logo and slogan. Making promotion items /T-shirts, caps, pens/pencils/ with the best logo and slogan.

01/14

-Creation of a dictionary in all languages of the participant countries with the most common vocabulary connected to biodiversity.

-Activity - talking to plants in pots-The students are going to write weekly diary of the changes in plants and take photos.

02/14

Mobility to Slovakia, presentations about Slovak educational system, Slovak culture, traditions, how Slovaks protect nature and keep natural heritage.

-Presentation of the activity results - "talking to plants in pots".

Meeting the local expert in the field of biodiversity.

Visiting protected natural area.

03/14

-Creation of a record of endemic species (being ecologically unique in their surrounding).

-Creation of European Herbarium.

Students are going in the nature to take pictures of endemic fauna and flora.

04/14

-Learn to use the European Environment Agency site(Natura2000 viewer).

Discover nature by 5 senses. Forest trip to nature and discover it by 5 senses. (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch).

Competition for the best school calendar 2014/2015

05/14

Mobility to Turkey, visiting protected natural area, field work to significant locations for biodiversity in Ankara,

Visiting an institution connected to biodiversity (NGO).

06/14

-Video creation about our region sights and the beauty of our country; from biodiversity point.

-Creation of the biodiversity calendar.

-Intermediate evaluation of activities.

- End of the competition for the best project calendar.

-Presentation of Ramadan fromTurkey (video conference).

7-8/14

- Evaluation of the first year

09/14

Mobility to Romania, visiting protected natural area (forests and lakes as Natura 2000 sites). Bird watching on the Bacau II lake.

-Presentation of Fauna and Flora of the participant countries.

Biodiversity in the art (sketch about biodiversity).

10/14

Art competition-visual mapping of biodiversity in different seasons in our region.

11/14

 Mobility to Bulgaria, visiting protected natural area.

-Presentation of region sights and country's beauty of the participant countries

12/14

Creation of posters 'Why is biodiversity important for your generation? '- the posters are going to be displayed in schools.

- video-conference via Skype - How can I personally help to protect biodiversity.

01/14

Competition 'biodiversity song'; students are going to make a song in English or national language. In the songs the importance of diversity of nature is going to be emphasized.

02/15

Mobility to Poland,visiting protected natural area.

-Photography workshops - how to take good photos of nature.

-Presentation of the best songs about biodiversity.

03/15

-Creation of brochures by groups of students. Each brochure should inform people about the importance of biodiversity, present information from school experiments, inform about local endemics, endangered local fauna and flora.

04/15

Mobility to Greece,- visiting protected natural area under Natura 2000 sites

- The printing of common biodiversity brochure.

- Presentation of the best posters and brochures with the topic.

- Presentation of the biodiversity dictionary and Herbarium

- Presentation of visual mapping of biodiversity in different seasons in our region.

05/15

- Debate in each school - Is ZOO a prison for animals or not? - 6 chosen students in two groups with opposed ideas are going to prepare information.

06/15

-Students are going to fill out an online questionnaire - What does this project teach me? - there are going to be questions about the expected outcomes of the project, students will evaluate the activities, their new social skills, new information.

-Creation of a video with opinions about the project results(activities and outcomes).

07/15

-Publication of the results on website.

- Self-evaluation of the project both by students and teachers.

08/15

-Final evaluation of the project.

-Writing the final report.

 

During the project meetings the host school presents its school:

-          its national/regional curriculum and education system

-          some current lessons

-          the host introduces places of interest in its region in order to make partner schools

-          acquainted with its cultural heritage and natural sights

 

Distribution of tasks in details among all the partners in the project:

- SK: dictionary creation in all languages of the participant countries with the most common vocabulary connected to biodiversity

- TR. layout of the "illustrated song book"

- HU: the European Herbarium

- PL: web mastering the joint website where the contributions of all partner schools will be put and available.

- RO: creating a video about our region sights and our country beauty; from biodiversity point.

- BG: visual mapping (photo-painting) of biodiversity in different seasons in our region.

 

 

Results of curriculum activities will be shared between partners via e-mail, presentations, websites, booklets and posters that will be distributed to partner schools and local communities.

All the project products and descriptions will be available on the project website and on the information board at school.

 

We will hold open days to which we would invite parents and friends from our local community, local business partners who have lent support and representatives from other local schools.

We will share our work through presentations, activities and workshops.

We will invite the local mass-media (press, radio and television) to disseminate project outcomes to the wider community.

We will write the articles to the local press.

We will inform local authorities about our involvement in the project.

We will set up and update the website with all that we have learned and make it available to other schools in the area in order to encourage them to get involved with Comenius projects and see the importance of biodiversity.

multi media presentations, also for those not directly involved after the first and second year of cooperation.

 

Comenius Day

Comenius Day - involvement of all school with the different activities (multi media presentations, interactive activities),

presentations for the directly involved group of students after each working visit,

Comenius Corner for the  presentation of activities at each school,

school Internet sites,

exhibitions and competitions,

meetings with the NGOs.

 

In the local communities:

meetings of teachers and parents,

spreading information to other teachers during local, regional meetings, at conferences, or seminars,

presentation of the acquired materials (open days at school),

a calendar,

through local and regional media ( informing the media about the project and the progress of work),

exhibition with final products of the project in public spaces with different occasions, e.g.: trade fairs, May 9 (International European day), May 22 (Biodiversity International Day), International Day of Migratory Birds, World Day of Forests (March 21)etc.

day), May 22 (Biodiversity International Day), International Day of Migratory Birds, World Day of Forests (March 21)etc.

 

Within the general public:

a calendar,

a joint web page,

cooperation with the media on a regional and nationwide level.

 

 

 

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

 

  

GR - Gymnasium of Ormylia (Chalkidiki, Greece) - Coordinator: Ioannis Oikonomoudis, mail: biogianni@yahoo.gr 

The "Gymnasio Ormylias" (Gymnasium of Ormylia) is a middle-sized Greek school of lower secondary education. It has 150 students and 20 teachers. Ormylia, where our school is located, is a large village of around 5.000 residents in Chalkidiki which is an area in northern part of Greece. The character of the area is partly agricultural and partly touristic. The socioeconomic background of our students varies. Their academic level also varies. A large number of our students (about 25% of the total number) are immigrants, mostly come from Albania and other Balkan countries. Many of these students face learning difficulties due to insufficient basic knowledge of the Greek language. Since most of our students have never had the opportunity to get involved in international educational activities, it will be very useful for their academic, social and cultural improvement to enter a Comenius project like this.We hope that participating in this project will help our students to become aware about the importance of environmental degradation, especially in the forest ecosystem. To realize the need for biodiversity conservation as a necessary condition for sustainable development, aiming to create environmental values, attitudes and behaviours friendly to environment. 

Moreover, we expect to give our students the opportunity to improve their ability in foreign languages as well as to learn how to communicate and cooperate with partners from different European countries by using new technologies and visiting the countries of the partner schools.

 

HU - Ady Endre Gimnázium (Budapest, Hungary) - Coordinator: Sallai Zoltán, mail: szoli@freemail.hu

Our school has been established in 1997 in Budapest. On the venue today 556 students swarm in the building daily. We have students from nearly all districts of Budapest, as well as suburban towns and villages out of the capital.  Since the very first time we have had popular programmes for students who are interested in English, Biology or IT, the latter reaching its peak when the school became an accredited ECDL examination centre in 2004.  The first special programme for students interested in arts and humanities came to life in 2001 whereas 2004 was the starting point of a new project called World Language providing schools with the opportunity to run language preparatory classes in order to encourage students to learn one or two foreign languages on an intense basis. We are proud of the open-minded, adventurous staff of teachers of our school. Our responsibilities when „interfering” with the every days lives of approximately 2000 families have always been enormous but challenging. Not only have we put an emphasis on the teaching-learning process but we have also concentrated our efforts on issues like team building, tradition, morals, human sympathy and emotional development. We are deeply convinced that this has always been and will be in the future the best letter of recommendation for our school community. Having those wonderful poetic nights, sports events, school leavers’ balls, school days, freshers’ parties etc. we wished to provide our students with something more than academic knowledge.


 PLGIMNAZJUM DLA MŁODZIEŻY W RYBNIKU ZAKŁADU DOSKONALENIA ZAWODOWEGO W KATOWICACH (Ryblic, Poland) - Coordinator: Lukasz Widera, mail: l.widera@gmail.com 

We are an integrated, lower-secondary school in the south of Poland. We are located in the city centre of Rybnik. Our students live in an industrial region, where the environment is heavily polluted due to coalmining and where there is an urgent need to discuss environmental issues. Apart from that, due to low incomes and high unemployment rate, a great number of local people search for a better future abroad, which results in an increasing number of broken families and single-parent families. There are about 200 pupils in our school. Our school is specialized in educating the students with SEN (special educational needs). There is a large group of students with different learning problems and it is planned that they will be involved in the project activities. We also provide some work training and professional practice to facilitate our students to make decisions about future career. The school is well-equipped with modern ICT and audio-visual appliances. We, besides following all the project activities, will be webmastering the joint project website.

 

RO - Palatul Copiilor Bacau (Bacau, Romania) - Coordinator: Nela Dumea, mail: n_dumea@yahoo.com

Children's Palace Bacau is a non-formal school situated in the center of Bacau city. In every big city from Romania you can find such a school and in smaller cities you can find them under different names such as Children's Clubs, subordinated judicially and financially to the Palaces found in the big cities. Children come here after the mandatory school program in which they are enlisted in order to discover talents, aptitudes or to evolve in already discovered talents and abilities. They are aged between 5 and 19, and participate in numbers of approximately 2000 pupils, coming from the city or near villages. Children's Palace was set up in 1956 under the name of Pioneer's Palace. This name changed in 2001 when the actual one was implemented. The financing of the educational process is assured by the Educational Ministry of Romania (M.E.N.) through the County board of Education and through extra-budgetary resources. The children's participation is optional and free. The clubs work on age-categories and levels of knowledge (beginners, advanced, proficiency). The length of the courses for each group is two hours per week and the didactic activity is performed with a reduced number of students (10-15). The clubs which are active in our school are grouped on three profiles: science and technology (environment protection-ecology, road education-karting, electrotech, informatics-radioclub, the first aid club, written and audiovisual press), culture and arts (paintings and drawings, graphics, theatre plays, fashion design, textile art, folklore music, pop music, English culture and civilization, modern dancing) and sports (handball, judo). The clubs are led/coordinated by 21 teachers with appropriate training and passionate for their line of work. The non-didactic personnel is represented by 5 persons. There is also a small bus by which it is possible to go to contests or other activities out of town. In our school a flexible and open education plan is delivered which contributes to the forming of competent and skillful students. Interdisciplinary activities are an important part of the school's activities and the personal and professional success of the student is based on the development of his competitive spirit. A marker through which the performance of a club can be measured is the number of prizes won at both national and international competitions as well as the national and international cooperation projects which the school undertakes every year.

 

SKGymnázium Opatovská 7, Košice, (Košice, Slovakia) - Coordinator: Maria Kadukova, mail: kadukovamaria@yahoo.com 

Our school was established in 1980 as the fifth Secondary Grammar School in our town. The school is visited by almost 500 students from the town as well as from the village surrounding the town. The school prepares our students for the study at universities in the Slovak Republic as well as abroad. The school building is divided into 5 parts and connected by a corridor. There are specialized classrooms of Chemistry. Biology, Physics, Slovak langugae, Foreign languages, History, Arts, 3 computer rooms, and 2 gyms. The students can spend their time also in a specialized room designed by them and used for relaxing before or after classes. In the school are taught many subjects – Slovak language, Foreign languages (English, German, Russian), Biology, Chemistry, Maths, History, Civic education, Ethics and Religious education, Art, Physical education, IT and Economics, where students each year manage their own business firm with profit. The school has over 20-year-tradition with a German school CARL DUISBERG Gymnasium in Wuppertal. Each year either students from our school visit their German partners or vice versa all accompanied with getting to know the culture, school and national heritage of the hosting country. The students have the ability to study languages with additional German and English classes and in the last year of their studies they are prepared to take international exams either DSD Sprachdiplom of FCE Certificate. This is due to the excellent teachers as well as German and English lectors. The school prepares also special events for their students – a day at school in carnival masks, St. Nicolas Day (three years ago there were over 500 students dressed as St. Nicolas), school leavers´ balls, parties for newcomers, night at school, volleyball and floorball tournaments. We also educate our students about their duty to help others when students in the town volunteer to raise money for charities. They also raise money and items to be donated to animal shelter. The school has some experience in projects – our students were volunteers and prepared games, activities and short drama for students of the nearby school, for disabled students, they interviewed retired people and the interviews were published. The students also write articles for the school magazine where they have opportunity to express their ideas about their problems.

 

TR - Şehit Şener Gündem Ortaokulu (Ankara, Turkey) - Coordinator: İlhan Türkoğlu  Mail: turkoglu.ilhan@gmail.com  Gsm: +90507 810 70 82

Our school has been established in 1994 years at Elmadağ in Ankara We have got 99 students in five different classes and we prepare them for life by giving them education in various branches. These branches are Science, Maths, History and Geography, English language education, and Physical education, Music and Visual Arts The students in our school have been educated not only for the point of academical teaching but also for the point of social teaching. We have organized trips, term end activities, theatre plays, chess tournaments, poem and composition competitions and football matches and the others… We got high degrees in some of them. Our school made Project both at a local and international level having a few projects now. Our local projects called Student Coaches, Education of value, we live with book, Zonguldak jeo-science school, learning is in my hand still have been going on. We make all our works by planning. We have made an activity plan for four years in 2010. All our activities that will be carried out between 2010 and 2014 are certain and all teachers in our school have personal duty. We have social responsibilities in many subjects. For instance, we join in to planting tree activities in our region and we have planted a lot of trees around our school. We are also making studies of used battery, used paper and used plastic saving. We are sending the materials we got to the authorized institutions. We have got a large library which is full of books. We organise a reading hour regularly in our school every week. Our school is placed in such a disadvantaged region because; our school was built in a small suburb of a small county called Elmadağ which is a little far from Ankara. Since some students of our school sit in places far from our school, they arrive to school in difficult conditions. People who are living in region are considered as poor. Also, most of our students could not find an opportunity even seeing Ankara city center except for the place they live. İn addition to this, most of the teachers don’t live in this region, they come from Ankara everyday. Because of these reasons, our school is placed in such a disadvantaged region. By means of this international project our students will have the opportunity to know different cultures and geographies and this will lead to great changes in our students’ mentality.

 

BGGimnazia za chuzhdi ezici "Vasil Levski" (Burgas, Bulgaria) - Coordinator: Galena Mavreva, mail: mavreva@mail.bg  

Language Learning School "Vasil Levski" in Burgas is a school with a 50-year history, a prominent institution for the region as a spiritual center with teachers of high intellectual and creative potential to realize successfully implemented in all areas of economic, social and political life in our country and abroad. The school has the latest and most advanced equipment in town. The school building was open on 15 September 1999. There are 15 classrooms, specially designed laboratories of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and 2 computer rooms, a gym, volleyball, basketball and football grounds. Pedagogical staff of 50 teachers working in the school, who are highly qualified - above the average level of training necessary for professionals in Burgas. Teaching staff includes teachers of Bulgarian language and literature, Russian, English, German and French, Biology, Geography, History, Psychology, Philosophy, Music, Art, Physical education, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and IT, a guidance counselor. There are three Executives in the structure of the school - one headmaster and two assistant headmasters The non-pedagogical staff consists of 11 professionals, including an accountant, librarian and other staff. In the 2012/2013 school year there are 700 students aged from 14 to 19 that are being trained, divided into 25 classes with an intensive study of Russian and Western languages (English and German). In "Vassil Levski" Secondary School the presence of motivated teachers and specialists is harmonically combined with the exceptional trust towards the school direction and support on behalf of the parents. In the school there have been established traditions in the cooperation between teachers and students in various clubs and extracurricular activities, as well as different contributions in municipal, regional, national and international level.