This three-year project and its’ activities are based on developing an ‘identity experience’ – a series of structured activities that enable pupils to share their experiences and self-identity, and to think constructively about how these compare with pupils from other countries
We will follow a series of three linked themes:
This project stresses the importance of cultural heritage throughout – how different aspects of cultural background influence our identities. We will also make it a priority to work with pupils who have additional needs and/or of disadvantage, tackling another form of discrimination.
We aim to support pupils in sharing their identity with others and exploring commonalities and differences through rich intercultural dialogue. The results will be uploaded on a digital database, which will hold a variety of media, including film, interviews, QR codes relating to further information, animation and so on.
This project will provide teachers with ideas, concepts and projects to work with their pupils on engaging them into holding their own views on their current cultures as well as historic culture. Regardless of the background and ethnicity of pupils engaging in this project, they will have the tools and learning skills to research their own diverse cultures, where necessary, and to be proud of their heritage. They will also have the skills to engage effectively with the heritage of other pupils from diverse countries and backgrounds, and the confidence to discuss cultural differences openly and directly. It will also develop teachers digital skills.
Parents and key stakeholders will be able to see the project as an example of excellence in teaching and continue the development of the project in future years.
On completion, we expect project schools to continue to be part of the catalyst for developing pupils with greater employability skills.
Who is involved?
Schools (Parents, teachers, pupils, carers, older people in community) and Local Authorities from:
These partnerships are forged through Cardiff Council’s International School Linking department; the European Local Authority Network (ELAN).
In Wales Cardiff Council will lead the program; utilising it’s expanding team and Wales’ Digital Competency Framework.
1. 6 transnational meetings with partners to exchange good practice and plan activities
2. 3 Job shadowing activities to enable teachers to observe practice in partner schools and take part in shared teaching experience
3. Three short-term school exchanges in each partner country with pupils from Wales, Turkey, Spain and Romania. This will allow them to observe teaching and learning in a different country other than their own and meet to discuss classroom materials from a learner’s perspective. This will enable pupil voice to be heard throughout the project
4. Multiplier conferences in each partner country; these will present the impact review as a means of disseminating the changes in cultural awareness that have occurred because of the international dialogue established during the project.