Horizontal priorities according to the objectives of our project:
Social and educational value of European cultural heritage
This is a strategic partnership that focuses on prejudice and its negative effects in education.The project will deal with the topic in term of its cause and effects, execute research into school environment, include students, teachers, parents, social environment, media and will produce an output book with challenges and solutions to prevent stereotypes and prejudices.
The idea arose from the fact that societies are strongly prejudiced and that education system, which is a subsystem of the societies they serve, reproduce the values and culture of those societies without challenging their possible limitations on the life opportunities and experiences of their pupils. Stereotypes places unhealthy demands on individuals who inhibit their natural talents and interests from developing, and consequently limit economic progress and prevent social cohesion.Stereotypes carry a strong influence in society, schools and the daily life in classrooms. Yet inequities because of prejudice issues are often rendered invisible to students and teachers by their very pervasiveness in classrooms.
We will deal with this common issue into our school environment trying to diminish the negative effects of prejudice. We have already applied a survey to monitor and evaluate the present situation in the partner`s schools. The survey was created by the psychological counselors. According to statistical analysis of this survey (applied 100 students in every school correlated through ages) the identified needs represent a local level, so the project is placed into its meaningful ground. Certainly there are a lot of differences between us which can make us unique, and different as well but they should not become a source of conflict or hatred. The latest events on the European social stage show us that we are still victims of some deeply rooted mentalities according to which we evaluate human beings belonging to different cultural groups based on some ready-made appreciations which have no connection with the reality. We are all unique and different from each other, but this is a reason for celebration rather than conflict.
The topic is a hot one in the context of today's ever-increasing immigration numbers. Turkey, Italy and Greece, three of the partner countries are making efforts to understand this phenomenon and deal with it through a variety of programmes, initiatives etc. Lithuania and Bulgaria are the other countries which are also interested in this issue as the members of the European Union.
The target group of 360 students from different schools, boys and girls, are 15-18 years old. We believe that this is a critical age, when the risk is higher for them to develop long-lasting negative attitudes towards other people based on stereotypical thinking and prejudices.