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News from the Erasmus+ grant!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

In August, ISS was awarded an Erasmus+ grant. Erasmus+ is a European Union grant programme which makes it possible for organisations from different participating countries to work together to develop, share, and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training, and youth.

The grant gives ISS the opportunity to work with other European partners. 

The first student exchange was with Zespol Szkol Miejskich w Zlotory - a state-funded primary school located in Zlotoryja, Poland which took place at the end of November 2017. Seven ISS students, selected from the 4th/5th grade Degerloch Student Council, traveled to Zlotoryja, Poland to collaborate with students from the participating schools (see photos below). The focus of this student exchange was set on researching, designing, and developing a survey that was taken back to the partnering countries to gather information about traditional European play on and off the playground. The survey helped the students understand where kids learn best through play and what students would like to have on their playground.

Furthermore, we will be collaborating with: Circolo Didattico Gragnano - a state-funded primary school located in Gragnano, Italy, Bothal Primary School - a foundation-funded primary school located in Ashington, England.

The Europlay grant is a two-year long project with the aim to design four ‘Euro’ playgrounds that are bound together by the common aim of encouraging the sharing of traditional games from contrasting European countries. In addition, we wish to promote a wealth of ideas and opportunities for children to plan, learn, and play within the contexts of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics for and in their recreation times.

It is designed as a student-led project, so each phase of the project will be developed around the students, their ideas and meeting outcomes. Within the two-year grant period there will be four student exchanges. Each exchange will be dedicated to one of four project steps; research, data assessment, model concept/design and finally an implementation/action plan.

The grant was kicked-off with a Coordinators’ Meeting that took place in October in Gragnano, Italy. The welcome that all visiting partners received from our Italian school was overwhelming. It was an entire town event that involved the three local elementary schools, the city, the mayor, and many of the town’s businesses and residents. It made us very aware that in addition to the benefits our students will gain from the opportunity to experience this cross-cultural exchange and be exposed to new cultures and ideas, it is also a chance for our school to come together as a whole to work with our local communities. 

All of this helps the students explore and develop their international mindedness, an integral part of the ISS Mission and Vision.