About project

    What’s your impact on earth? This is the starting question of our project. Every day each of us consumes part of the Earth’s products and resources. How much we take depends on our lifestyles and the ways in which we satisfy our needs. We intend to give an answer to this question by involving students in a project aimed at analyzing the “ecological footprint”, e.g. the measure of human impact on Earth's ecosystems in four fields (ground, air, water and food). Through this project we intend to make students in contact with environmental issues and more generally the scientific world in an innovative and stimulating way.

    In particular, we have identified the following needs to be addressed by the project:

    • Students needs to develop their knowledge and awareness of sustainable development issues. The partner schools share the idea that such subjects should be further developed within the schools and that students need to increase their civic skills. While some of the partner schools have a wide experience in this field, others still do not include it in the didactic path. According to a survey submitted to the students of the partner schools, on average only 50% of them are aware of the importance of environmental issues, while many do not take them into account in their daily lives.
    • Generally students are not aware enough of the importance of issues like science and environment, while they are both very important in terms of being responsible citizens and from an occupational point of view. We believe that since the low-secondary level, the schools should give students the opportunity to explore the perspective of a career developed in the scientific and in the green economy field. For instance, it is widely known that the green sectors will require new jobs and skills, and the schools need to adjust their didactic paths in order to meet these new challenges.
    • On the same time, also teachers need to innovate their own methodology in order to facilitate the transition to a didactic based on a learning-by-doing approach. Teaching sustainability at school needs teachers ready to diversify their normal activities and methods and implement this subjects in their daily lectures.

    The project will address the above mentioned needs by exploring with the students their own and each other's natural environment, their impact on it and the tools they have to save and protect it.
    It aims at evaluating with them solutions to build healthier communities and making them aware of that they and their choices can make a difference, today and tomorrow. The project wishes to contribute in making students active and responsible European citizens. They will become decision makers for the future of Europe.

    Another objective of the project is to raise awareness among students regarding their potential future career in the scientific world/green economy. We believe that the school should operate as a counsellor for students and should facilitate their choice and their transition to the job. The school should equip students with skills relevant for their future choice, in order to create professionals basing their careers on excellence , research and innovation.

    Moreover, the project intends to support the development of a whole-school approach to Education for sustainable development to be integrated throughout the school-subjects curriculum and not as a separate subject. To do so, we have to modernize and innovate also teachers’ methodologies, to be updated according to the more targeted objectives to be reached.

    The overall objective is to create EU active citizens to contribute in the creation of a more sustainable Europe, as stated in the Europe 2020 strategy. Moreover we share another objective with such strategy, as we wish to give to students better professional perspective, de facto contributing in decreasing the unemployment at EU level.

    We believe that such objectives should be reached transnationally at EU level in order:
         - to create/reach a common understanding of the problems in order to build common solutions;
         - to add values and improve professional skills through mutual learning and the exchange of best practices ;
         - to develop creativity and innovation through cooperative work;
         - to improve teaching method through cooperation and exchange of good practices.

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