KEY ACTION 1 – „Unser europäischer Fußabdruck“

(Projektlaufzeit 2019 – 2022)

„The KGS‘ European Footprint“ could be a fine example of European co-operation and intercultural learning where innovative and effective teaching methods are experienced. Being the biggest secondary school in the region Heidekreis and one of the biggest in Lower Saxony, the KGS Schneverdingen, a co-operative community school, is committed to broadening its horizon across these regional borders by carving its own path to Europa. This project enables the school to strengthen its European footprint in two directions:

On the one hand, staff set out for various European countries in order to be inspired by and trained in diverse courses, workshops and job shadowing. On the other hand, the KGS welcomes Europe, both regarding new teaching and learning methods as well as in terms of international networking and the constitution of learning partnerships. Eventually, this co-operation could even lead to a new partner school. The activities of our project would enhance the quality of teaching, enriching it with methodological diversity, new ideas or new concepts, especially in the areas of ICT and inclusion.

In total, we want to enable 15 colleagues from the three different branches to participate directly in this project. We want to encourage them to think outside the box and familiarise themselves with different school systems, countries, and cultures. In addition to their personal and professional advancement, improvement of their foreign language and their digital competence and the promotion of their intercultural and inclusive skills, „The KGS‘ European Footprint“ should also be a motivator to future European projects, e.g. a multilateral project KA2.

Along with raising awareness for Europe, this project focusses on ICT skills and inclusion. All three core areas are of major importance for students, teachers and parents at the KGS: due to a rapid rise in heterogeneity among students, effective individual learning support and challenges are necessary. An accelerated development in new technologies makes it necessary to use ICT in a smart way. And in politically strenuous times there is an obvious need for a strong, united Europe with its values such as freedom, democracy and equality.

Participation in structured trainings should increase our staff’s awareness of and knowledge in these areas. New ways of learning using digital tools is topic in trainings in the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. Scandinavian countries and Italy should serve as role models for inclusive learning, and our staff want to learn about Europe – multiculturalism, diversity, history, innovation, active citizenship – in courses in Greece, Sweden and Italy.

Through job shadowing with schools in English-speaking countries, our colleagues should be able to soak up everyday life at school, experience best practice of effective and inclusive teaching using new media and foster the international exchange between teachers to build a co-operative network. As all three core areas of this European project overlap, they can benefit from each other and in doing so strengthen the European footprint of the Kooperative Gesamtschule Schneverdingen.

„The KGS‘ European Footprint“ may facilitate the dissemination and exchange of good practice and professional expertise, on a personal basis and – even more important – at school level: In the long term, Europe should become part of everyday life at the KGS – preferably in all three branches, all forms and all subjects. Staff, students and parents ought to be able to see the opportunities Europe has to offer.