ABOUT

When it is time for children to start attending school for the first time, they are excited and eager to do so. The meeting with the place where they will learn to read and write is longed for and everyone, without exception, wants to begin this new journey of their life. However, after a short time, depending on the child, this feeling disappears and children start to want spending as little time as possible in school and wishing school vacations. The glances at the clock happen several times and, with them, the classes will finish, so they can leave school, as soon as they can. What are we doing wrong? Why does a pleasure become a must? With this project it is intended that children enjoy being in school, creating spaces and activities that children like to attend, turning the school into a desired place to be, even if they do not have classes. At the same time, by acquiring this taste for the school, it is intended that they simultaneously develop a taste for learning, and that they can grow in harmony with the taste to learn and to play with their friends. It is well known that the fact that students do not like to attend school leads to the appearance of poor school results and early school leaving. It is of all interest to create a healthy environment and appreciated by the students, so that their wellbeing enhances their desire to learn. Based on this principle, each country applied a questionnaire to 150 students of their school, where they wanted to know why they did not like the school and what they would like to have that stimulated them in their learning and willingness to learn. From the results of this questionnaire came some surprising results, such as that of about 40% of the students mentioning that they would like to stay longer in school, despite the number of daily hours that are already there. When asked what they would like to do the vast majority mentioned sports activities, about 77% of students said they would like to stay in school to practice various sports activities, suggesting the creation of several spaces that allowed it. About 46% suggested leisure activities. The most surprising was the percentage of students (62%) who mentioned the desire to develop activities in the disciplines, but in clubs: Environment, Science, Theater, Music, Dance, Drawing, History, Geography, ICT, among many others. It was made clear that what the students do not like about the school is the classes, and especially the moments of evaluation, however, 42% of the students showed interest in them but suggesting new ways of learning by the teachers. Most of these approaches suggest the use of new technologies - the classroom of the future. With the project presented we will try to meet the needs detected and to promote the ideas left by the students.

SCHOOLS
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Realschule Meinersen
Realschule Meinersen

It’s a secondary modern school with pupils from the age

of 10 – 16. About 600 pupils are attending the school. The area is rural, we are approx. 200 km away from Berlin and 60 km away from Hanover. We are about 30 teachers from 25 – 60 years, most of our teachers

are about 30 – 35 years old. The school is situated within a large school center with Hauptschule and

grammar school. On the school ground is a youth office and a student’s café (to be opened in spring

2018), partly run by older students and supervised by social workers. There is great interest of the

legal department to establish a well-working youth centre in connection with the school.

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Agrupamento de Escolas Nuno de Santa Maria.

We live in Tomar, it is about 120 km from Lisbon - the capital of Portugal. We have nearly 2200 pupils from 3 to 18 years old from Kindergarten to high school, we have also Special education programs (speech and language, and mixer disorders in Pre-School and learning disabilities in School) and a Special Unity for autistic children. We have also a multimedia graduation for pupils.

Our school teachers (about 150) are very active and responsible. They try to find different possibilities of social inclusion for our special students, student with social problems. In our school students have possibility in learning to dance, learning music and drama lessons.

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Mehmetçik
Anadolu Lisesi

Our school was founded in 2001 in Çorum,Turkey. It is located in the
city center. It is an urban school which focuses on increasing students’ academic achievement.
The school is staffed by 65 teachers and 8 cleaning staff. There are almost 1000 students aged
from 14 to 18.It is one of the biggest high schools in the region with both size and
population.

We are also committed to: Enabling the pupil develop a healthy self-image and form
positive relationships with others through both practical & theoretical activities; Encouraging
the pupil to develop a sense of creativity and of collaboration with others through outdoor
activities and international/multicultural cooperation.