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BRIDGES NOT WALLS A COMENIUS MULTILATERAL PROJECT 2010 - 2012
This website was built by the Irish team and has been kept updated by the French.

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Welcome to the Bridges not Walls website, a Comenius multilateral partnership between different European secondary schools to enhance intercultural dialogue and intermixing.
Walls, by their inherent nature, separate and divide people. Bridges connect and reconcile them. Europe has become a common space, but we still have barriers that prevent communication between us. So, thanks to this project we want to start tearing down these remaining walls that have been keeping us away from each other, and begin to build bridges around our common values - bridges of comprehension and understanding between us, passageways of friendship between people who may differ in religion, language, culture and traditions, and build tolerance to bring all European citizens together.
During 2010 - 2011 our pupils will picture partner countries and their national identities in a Wall of Discovery shown in all partner schools, including a view on diversity within the countries themselves with their multicultural backgrounds. Secondly, our pupils in each of the partner schools will show the way they perceive their European neighbours in a theatre production.
During 2011-2012 the results from the different activities will be used to help our pupils discover our similarities and common values and use them as a stepping point to turn the Wall of Discovery into a Bridge of Friendship and use the theatrical productions as a basis to write and act a common multicultural play, throwing light on cultural diversity as a a strength, thus reinforcing European citizenship.
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Preparatory visit in France, January 2010
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Principals and heads meeting, Northern Ireland, September 2010
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Project meeting, Northern Ireland, September 2010

ACTIVITIES AND PRODUCTIONSYEAR I - 2010 / 2011By L. Mechkouk, coordinator
LAUNCHING THE PROJECTIn the beginning of the first year, we first presented the project to the pupils in the different partner countries, and had them think about the title "Bridges not Walls." Then, we had them fill in the following questionnaire, a Swedish-French cooperation document. The objective was to evaluate their knowledge about their european neighbors and partner schools, and use that as a stepping point towards the writing of the national theatrical acts.

QUESTIONNAIRE YEAR I


This questionnaire is a Swedish-French cooperation production.

EVALUATION OF THE QUESTIONNAIRES








The questionnaire allowed us to highlight the cultural gap and misrepresentation that the pupils had of the partner countries. With their history and geography teachers, pupils, first, focused
on Comenius and walls in Europe, then, they started a series of lessons aimed at improving their knowledge of Europe in general and of the partner countries in particular.
After the Swedish synthesis of the first questionnaire, a new series of lessons aimed at broadening their knowledge of the European culture and heritage, started in September 2011 and
lasted until we submitted the second questionnaire to the pupils in April 2012.

This synthesis was done by the Swedish team.

LOGO COMPETITION

Pupils involved in the project made numerous logos in the partner countries from October 2010 to January 2011, then each school organized a local contest to select two national logos.

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SLOVAKIA
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The national logos were sent to the German team. The latter organized a competition via the following website from February to March 2011: pupils from all partner countries voted to select the official logo for our project.
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During our project meeting in Italy in May 2011, our German partners,
who had organized the logo competition via a website they had built for
this purpose, gave us the results and we all rewarded a prize to the
Spanish pupils who won the competition.Their logo has been the official
logo of our project since.
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WALL OF DISCOVERYDuring this first year, pupils in the partner countries made posters to show how they picture their European neighbours. These posters were also exchanged during our meeting in Italy (each partner gave the other partners two posters to take home and organize an exhibition during the second year of the project).
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Pupils worked in small groups and wrote several scenarios of sketches. Then, they worked on theatrical staging and adjusted the dialogues and gestures. Pupils enjoyed so much acting the short plays they had themselves imagined and wrote in the language of their choice (they mainly used English, German and Spanish). From a pedagogical point of view this project was an ideal one as it gave a great opportunity to practice languages they studied in the class in an action-oriented perspective. Each partner country filmed their sketches and presented them to the other partners during our project meeting in Italy in May 2011.
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Partner countries also worked with their pupils and made a typical travelling booklet which pupils had to fill in during the trips. This booklet was mainly in English, but it was adapted to every trip and was sometimes written in the language of the country they visited. (only in the languages pupils learn in their school such as french, Spanish and german) When pupils went to Sweden, teams even included a special page of useful sentences and idiomatic phrases in Swedish that had been sent to them by the Swedish partner. The pupils had great fun using these phrases during their stay in Sweden. They also used these booklets to talk about their trip to the other pupils in the class when they went back home. Now they keep these booklets as a memory book of their travels.

COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PUPILS

Throughout the first year, we matched every pupil with a penfriend from the different partner schools according to the language they had chosen, and organized email exchange sessions. Communication between pupils worked quite well via emails but needed to be boosted. So, We created a Facebook Group end of May 2011, and have kept it updated since, to strengthen the bonds of friendship that had been built amongst European pupils during the first year of the project. This choice has proven very efficient in promoting communication amongst the European pupils involved in the project. Today 707 pupils have already joined this group and regularly post messages, pictures and videos to each other.
URL : http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002977750817
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN ADULTSThe French team built a Yahoo group in February 2011, just afterthe preparatory visit, and have updated it since, to enhance communication between all partners and to keep all of them informed on time. Exchanges artners have taken place through this means only and have been very useful and convenient. All exchanged emails, various documents relatingto the project, productions, and photographs are to be found on it.URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bridges-not-Walls-Comenius-/

MEETINGS BETWEEN KIDS AND ADULTS

Pupils travelled in small groups of six with two teachers. Kids were hosted in local families and received excellent hospitality in every country they have been to. They discovered the way of life in these countries and are willing to travel there again in the future.These trips have helped them find out how wrong their perception of their European neighbors was and today they feel closer to them as they realize they have so many things in common. Moreover, the host families were very caring and made pupils feel very comfortable. So, strong friendship links have been built between them. Furthermore, the different activities (class visits, workshops, outdoor activities and sightseeings) organized in the different schools gave visitors the opportunity to get to know the other European pupils, to practise European languages and to become familiar with the school system in the host country. During each visit, teachers met at least once to exchange about their pedagogical know-how and to focus on the follow up of the local and common activities.

FIRST YEAR MEETINGS
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SLOVAKIA, March 2011
ITALY, May 2011
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FIRST YEAR NATIONAL REPORTS











COORDINATOR'S FIRST YEAR REPORT

During our meeting in Italy, we also evaluated the first year of the project and planned the activities and the distribution of tasks for the second year.

ACTIVITIES AND PRODUCTIONS
YEAR II - 2011/2012

During the second year of the project, pupils and teachers participated (under the same conditions as in the first year) to the four meetings that took place in Spain in September 2011, in Sweden in December 2011, in Northern Ireland in March 2012 and in France in May 2012. This year they also wrote the common theatrical act in Spain, then rehearsed it in Sweden and Northern Ireland before they performed it during the closing ceremony in France.
SECOND YEAR MEETINGS
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Northern Ireland, March 2012
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QUESTIONNAIRE YEAR II


EVALUATION OF THE QUESTIONNAIRES









SYNTHESIS OF THE QUESTIONNAIRES

This synthesis has been done by the Slovakian team.
The last meeting, including the final ceremony, was held in France in May 2012.
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Visitors and locals were divided into three mixed groups composed of pupils and adults. One group built the Common Wall of Discovery using all the posters that were exchanged in Italy in May 2011.
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One group built the Bridge of Friendship using pictures taken during the different trips that took place during the two years of the project (each country had to supply 50 pictures).


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The drama group (two pupils from each partner country) rehearsed and performed the common theatrical act during the final ceremony.

RACE AGAINST PREJUDICE
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Bridges not Walls Trophy, made by the German team for the ceremony.

THE FINAL CEREMONY
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Simone, Germany
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Louise, Northern Ireland
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Marina, Italy
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Lashmi, France

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French song
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Spanish traditional dance
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Italian regional dance
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Swedish mid-summer dance
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Slovakian folk dance
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Northern Irish song
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All delagations singing "We are the chaùmpions"
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A SELECTION OF PUPILS' FEEDBACKS
“It was interesting to visit the lessons.”
“I have learned how much hard work there is in their school compared to ours. School from 8 am to 5.30 pm five days a week.”
“The activities were good and we got to know many new people”.
“It felt so nice to perform on stage and to wait and see what the others were about to do.”
“It was a great feeling to see the others dance and sing very fun.”
“The final ceremony was hilarious, so amazing”.
“The common play and the final song “We are the champions” made us feel very proud and gave us also a feeling that We have achieved this together”. There were much laughter during the disco, too and many tears afterwards.”
“I had really good contact with my host family, it was like I was their daughter”.
“My host family was very kind”.
“My host family was so generous and nice”.
“ Something that we found extra nice was that some French students, whom we had met before, seemed so much more open and talkative now. “
“During this week I have learned how many nice people there are in the world.”
“I have learned how to take responsibility for myself.”
“The project has really been good. I have had the chance to experience so many good things that I would never have been able to do otherwise.
I’m so happy for all my good friends all over Europe.”
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PARTNERS' FEEDBACKS





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CONCLUSIONIn conclusion, we can say that we are particularly pleased to have participated in this extraordinary adventure. "Bridges not Walls" has been a very useful and prosperous project in many ways:
Concerning pupils and families, this Comenius multilateral project represented a real chance for all concerned pupils. Indeed, it offered them an extraordinary opportunity to discover the partner countries and get familiar with their culture, to become open to the world around them, to meet other European citizens of their age and build bridges of friendship, to evolve their perception of our neighbors and become aware of how they are perceived by their European partners, to participate in authentic European languages exchanges during the trips and while writing emails, to discover our common heritage and build a European identity on our common values. Many parents in the partner countries volunteered to accommodate pupils in their families. Their interest in the project has grown over the two years. Their mobilization and hospitality, gave a larger dimension to the project.
As regards to adults, this European cooperation has favoured teamwork amongst adults and has given us all an excellent opportunity to exchange our knowhow, to get accustomed with the different European school systems and to practise European languages. The different meetings between partners have also shown us all that we already shared the same questions and had similar difficulties to find the right answers. They also showed us that we can advance our thinking and our practices together. Stronger and closer links, which go beyond the framework of this project, have been created between many of us, sign of the need we feel to become close to each other and move forward together in this direction. Regardless of our cultural differences and the ways of seeing and doing to which they lead us, it seemed to us that we all shared the concern and the desire to better educate and train our pupils, to thus offer them a better future, a future where the idea of Europe is not just an idea but a concrete reality they have experienced during the different meetings.

In a nutshell, we believe Bridges not Walls has been a good and challenging project not only for pupils and teachers but for the entire partner schools' communities as well.
Comenius Partners