The project will start with the eating habits of each partner. The themes developed in food will enable our young people who are constantly rushing to stop for a moment and to go back to fundamental needs : food, health. People tend to be lost in today's world and its everyday frantic pace : young people don't think about who they trully are anymore, swept by digital technology, they surf the net and virtually live several lives at the cost of their own life and their needs. One of the objectives here will be to enable them to refocus on their body and their needs.
Food reveals what we are, a part of our identity = 'you are what you eat'. Our teenagers will get invovled in a project that will help them to define what they are through the eyes of the other and through cooking. After having questioned their own representations of other countries, the students will meet local producers and discover local products so as to understand where their food comes from. This will be the opportunity for them to become aware of their local ressources and how these resources are linked to seasons, the respect of the environment and the notion of waste but it will also be the opportunity for them to take time and taste what nature gives following the seasons. Then, the students will learn how to add other flavours to this very nature with the help of a cooking expert.
The European partnership will enable us to become aware of other flavours and tastes but above all it will contribute to going beyond stereotypes and common place ideas.
The 'health' part of the project will enable students to find commun grounds with other partners so as to better understand their own concerns, so as to initate a common reflection to convey a universal message.
The Comenius Programme for Lifelong Learning is an initative of the European Commission to promote cooperation between schools in different European countries. It was named for the Czech philosopher, theologian and educator John Amos Comenius (1592-1670) who strongly believed that only through education people can reach their full potential and live a harmonious life. Having lived and worked in several European countries (e.g. Sweden, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Transylvania, the Holy Roman Empire, England, the Netherlands, and Royal Hungary), he might be called a cosmopolitan who fought for human rights, peace, and the union of nations without cess. Also, he is considered the father of modern education.
In the past years, more than three million pupils have already participated in the Comenius Programme. It aims at helping pupils and teachers alike to better understand the range of European cultures, languages and values. Teachers and pupils visit their partner schools and take part in joint activities with their partners. They learn with and from each other - and make new friends abroad. Moreover, the programme is focusing on the promotion of learning and learning-to-learn skills as well as digital educational content and services.
As part of the programme, schools and pupils work together on projects. During two school-years, while work is done at the two separate schools, collaboration is possible via modern media (foremost the internet), but also using more traditional ways of communication (e.g. the phone). Several times the two years, students will meet each other - once in the one country, another time in another country. These visits as well are used to further develop the project, and of course also to develop an understanding of another European culture (discovering not only differences but often enough a lot of similarities). For these visits, the Comenius Programme provides the participating pupils and teachers with grants to finance the mobilities.