HUMAN RIGTHS IN A EUROPEAN COMMUNITY OF VALUES

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17. 01. 11
posted by: Barbara Dalidowicz (GIMNAZJUM NR 21)
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Freedom of thought, conscience and religion is a very important element of our societies. Generally, Europe is still Christian, although it differs in its main faiths: Catholic and Protestant. The citizens of countries taking part in the research are Christian, however there is some dissonance in the attitude to rituals. There is a tendency to cease religious practice.

Our societies, although modern, keep the political and cultural traditions of previous generations. We can also notice our attachment to given rights and we believe our countries provide and protect the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

A very important element for the respondents was a family, as it is the source of our attachment to religion. We can assume, that in a few decades the family will play significant role in building the society, yet it will not be for the reasons of continuing religious traditions. On the other hand, challenges the Europeans have to face nowadays may cause going back to cultural roots.

A considerable part of respondents did not experience religious discrimination. Can we say then that we live in a friendly place where otherness is appreciated and differences respected? In the context of problems we experience in Europe nowadays, we cannot be sure.

Finally, the research showed our attachment to human rights, therefore we have to remember, that our freedom ends where other people’s freedom begins. 

17. 01. 11
posted by: Barbara Dalidowicz (GIMNAZJUM NR 21)
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All the partners are to obliged to prepare Europass Mobility documents after every Mobility week.

The procedure of preparing documents differs depending on every country. All the partners have already contacted their National Agencies and checked the procedures they have to follow.

Italian, Spanish and Polish members are also going to prepare Europass documents for teachers, the Finnish are not, while the Germans have not decided yet. The Spanish partners would like the skills for teachers to be agreed for all partners.

All the members, except for the Finnish, are going to prepare Europass documents in two languages (English and their mother tongue).

Italian and Polish teams have already prepared the Europass documents after the Mobility in Poland and Italy. During the Transnational meeting in Finland they had the documents confirmed by the coordinators of hosting schools. Other teams are to supposed to prepare the documents and send them by snail mail to the hosting school to confirm or bring them to Mobility in Finland. 

17. 01. 11
posted by: Tordis Hoffman (GYMNASIUM IN DER TAUS)
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All five partners have reported they have noticed a general interest in the project’s topics. Especially the students involved have shown an increasing interest and deeper concern for the topic.

Furthermore, in all schools there is a noticeable effect beyond the project. In several subjects like RE, PE, History and Foreign Languages, Human Rights have become a topic to be discussed and reflected. One class even wants to have their compulsory novel changed to one dealing with human rights (in a foreign language).

Not only in classes has this effect been noticeable but also throughout the whole school life this project has left its footmarks. The displays and gallery walks have attracted other students and raised their concern noticeable. Projects like a “Paralympic Volleyball” competition, in which the whole Spanish school was included, also drew the attention towards the rights of human beings, in this case the people with special needs. But outside the school, the effect has not been so noticeable yet. Even though the public was informed by radio shows and articles in the newspapers, direct feed-back from people not involved has not been reported by any school.

Within the schools the project has been welcomed by parents, colleagues and students alike. Many colleagues and students have been eager to help and volunteered to help. Parents have even asked for special meetings to get more information on the topic and the results of the students’ work. It was noticed that more people show empathy towards people having their rights respected, especially people in need.

By charity fund-raising activities, like a ruffle or a Christmas market, local and international NGOs have been supported with thousands of Euros.

All schools are very content and pleased with the impact this project has had on the school’s communities and the participants in general. We hope that we can influence the wider public even more throughout the duration of the project. A change in attitudes is at the moment hard to state but we are confident, that we will be able to see and report that at the end of the project. So far we all have noticed that the awareness of one’s obligation to know and protect humans rights has risen.

Human Rights in a European Community of Values