The coordinators of all the activities in the project „Exploring our culture through the eyes of our European partners in the interactive world” were representatives of CEIP San Benito de Lérez School from the town of Pontevedra, Spain. In addition to the Spanish school three more educational institutions have participated in the enterprise: St Mary’s Catholic Primary School from the city of Stoke-on-Trent, UK; Istituto Comprensivo n.3 – a group of schools located in the Italian town of Imola and its surroundings; Primary School No. 2 from Leżajsk, Poland.
The main objectives of the project were focused on: improving the participants’ knowledge of various aspects of European culture; shaping their attitudes in the spirit of mutual understanding and tolerance as well as shaping their abilities to create friendly relationships; breaking down stereotypes and prejudices; improving language skills of both the students and the teaching staff; promoting the use of new information and communication technologies in primary school education; developing creativity and ability to work in groups; promoting the participants’ places of living and their countries; exchanging teaching experience.
In early November 2010, the first project meeting (the coordination one) was held in Imola, during which the representatives of all the partner educational institutions have developed and approved the plan of joint actions. It was established then that the first year of the project will be devoted to cultivation and popularizing of various aspects of the native cultural heritage: traditions, customs, rituals and cyclical feasts. The ways of transmitting of the educational products between the schools involved in the project were also fixed. Among other things, the most important ones were: European Shared Treasure (a Europe-wide database); Twiducate (Social Networking & Media For Schools); instant messaging; blogs and official websites of the participating institutions; thematic webpages created by the students. Besides, the specific tasks to be implemented by each of the partner schools by the end of May 2011 were put forward: CEIP San Benito de Lérez School – promoting some traditional regional festivals; St Mary’s Catholic Primary School – the popularization of the Potteries’ (an industrial district in England) cultural heritage and some national festivals; Istituto Comprensivo n.3 – promoting the traditions of the local community (games, food, legends); Leżajsk Primary School No. 2 – nurturing and propagation of folk cultural heritage of the south-eastern Poland (traditional dances, traditional costumes, old professions related to the rural community , rituals, cyclical feasts).
In late May and early June 2011, the representatives of all partner schools met in Leżajsk in order to evaluate the project’s activities. The highlight of the meeting was a review of the multimedia products turned out at the first stage of the enterprise.
At the beginning of November 2011, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School was the host of another coordination session, whose main goal was to accept the plan of joint actions for the period from November 2011 till July 2012. During the meeting workshop it was established that at the second stage of the project its participants would go on with nurturing and promoting various aspects of the native cultural heritage. An additional form of communication between the partner institutions was introduced – interscholastic video conferences by means of the Skype service.
The second phase of the project was dominated by two types of educational activities. The first one included the joint editing of four legends in English, homogeneous in content and style and taking the threads characteristic of the cultural heritage of some countries of the European Union (each time the task of a partner school was to write one out of the four parts of the text) and place it on the Twiducate site. The second one was associated with organizing a total of six video conferences using Skype, dedicated to nurturing and promoting various aspects of cultural heritage – traditions, customs rituals and cyclical feasts.
At the end of May 2012 another evaluation session was held in Pontevedra, during which the teachers from the four partner schools assessed the second stage of the project’s activities and developed the plan of the final report of the project.