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This project will give our youth the opportunity to imagine and build a world in peace where everyone in a community feels unique and precious no matter where they come from, their religious beliefs or the colour of their skin. In a peaceful, functioning society the people who live there and their well-being is more important than money and power. Conquering the hearts and minds is more important than destroying lives and cities. In this project our students will learn and teach to give the message ”You are precious” when they meet with refugees and re-live their sorrows.
Reaching out a helping hand to those who need help make people , who reach out their hand and those whom hold it, happy; and a happy individual makes the society happy. This may sound simplistic, but as Albert Schweitzer said: “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Using these words as their motto our students will initiate an interactive empathy movement towards refugees and immigrants at their schools and in their communites by reaching out and lending a helping hand with the insight that one refugee without hope is one too many. The problem is not the color of someone´s skin or the language they speak .The problem is leaving refugees alone to cope with their overwhelming problems. Diversity is Europe’s strength.

Based on the understanding that is described within the words of John Steinbeck: “You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself” , this project involves two key components : empathy and sympathy. Using the `Horizontal Priorities´as a guideline
we believe that the project ”Reach Out and lend a helping hand – Humanity Has No Borders” will contribute to building a peaceful, united and prosperous Europe. With the help of incentive mobilities, educational exchanges ,multilingualism and entrepreneurship our project will instill and promote among the participants a sense of belonging and social responsibility, a feeling of being personally involved in EU values and a shared cultural awareness.
The transversal skills such as learning , literacy , life skills , interacting competences with students and teachers will also be enhanced throughout the project and its activities. These competences are: critical thinking, communicating,collaborating,flexibility of thought, open-minded attitude, increased social initiative and personal development (leadership). These transversal competences developed during the project activities will most certainly encourage active citizenship among teenagers.

By sponsoring this project and giving our students the unique opportunity to get involved and voice their concerns about an imminent problem facing Europe, the European Community will be pointing out its strenghts and significance. Our students are the ambassadors of tomorrow. They are the ones who can change society and destroy misconceptions and prejudice.

Partners

  • Germany

Willy-Brandt-Gesamtschule Kerpen

Willy-Brandt-Gesamtschule

Address: Bruchhohe 27, Kerpen, Germany

Website: www.gesamtschule -kerpen.de

“The Willy-Brandt-Gesamtschule is a comprehensive school that includes approximately 1200 students and 100 teachers and staff. It is located in a coal mining area between the cities of Aachen and Cologne, near the Eifel, a volcanic region in Germany. ”

  • Greece

2nd Gymnasium of Kaisariani

2nd gymnasium of kaisariani

Address: Iros Konstantopoulou 13B, Kaisariani, Athens, Greece

Website: 2gym-kaisar.att.sch.gr

“Our school has about 300 students (aged 12 to 15). It is a secondary school and it is located in Athens. We have students with specific needs (5%) and migrant families (20%). Economic condition of our students’ families is deficient (20%). We hope we can exchange ideas. It is very important through multiculturalism and diversity to find the points that unite, collaborate, develop their views with their peers from other European countries.”

  • Turkey

ZONGULDAK-DEVREK 75. YIL CUMHURIYET ORTAOKULU

Address: MERKEZ MAHALLESI, ZONGULDAK, TURKEY

Site: 75yilcumhuriyetortaokulu.meb.k12.tr

“75. Yıl Cumhuriyet Ortaokulu School is a public school located in Zonguldak- Devrek-Northwest of Turkey. There are 18 teachers 300 students aged between 10 and 14 years who generally come from countryside and have socio-economical problems. 10% of our students are romas.”

  • Netherlands

CSG Buitenveldert

CSG Buitenveldert

Address: De Cuserstraat 3, Amsterdam, Netherlands

website: csb-amsterdam.nl

“Our school is a public body. Our school prepares the pupils for follow-up studies. With a diploma of our school it is also possible to find a job but our main goal is to motivate the pupils to continue studying after school.”

  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Krste Misirkov

Address: Srecko Puzalka 65a, Skopje

Website: www.oukrstemisirkov.weebly.com

“Primary school “Krste Misirkov” Skopje is open for innovation and creating 21st century students. It is located in municipality Gazi Baba, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. It is a medium school with around 800 students and 50 teachers that are working in two shifts. We have students from 6 to 15 years old. “

  • Italy

INSTITUTO COMPRENSIVO VIA MATTEOTTI 11

Address: via G. Matteotti  n.11, Cave, Italy

Website: www.iccave.gov.it

“The Comprehensive School ‘Via Matteotti 11’ has approximately 1300 students and 150 teachers and staff. It is a town located near Rome and has a population of about 11000 inhabitants. The students are aged between 3 and 14 years old, thus it has a kindergarden section, primary and secondary school.”

  • Turkey

T.C. KDZ.EREGLI KAYMAKAMLIGI IBRAHIM-SUHEYLA IZMIRLI FEN LITESI

Address: Suleymanlar Mah. Hastane Cad. No5 Kdz.Eregli, Turkey

Website: erfen.meb.k12.tr

“Our school is named İbrahim Süheyla İzmirli Science school as a short ERFEN because it was built by charitable İbrahim İzmirli -died, 2015. ERFEN started to educate the students in 2013-2014 academic year. In this academic year we didn’t have our own building but then we have a nice modern building in the second term of 2014-2015 academic year. 9th Grade students was educated and trained at other schools. There were director, assistant principle and nine teachers at the beginning, but now we have 508 students 34- teachers and a director and three assistant principle.”

 

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The logos of Netherlads

The logos of Italy

The logos of Germany

The logos of FYRoM

The logos of Greece

 

Corners

The corner of the program in the Greek school