May 9th 1950.
“La paix mondiale ne saurait être sauvegardée sans des efforts créateurs à la mesure des dangers qui la menacent”.
This is how Robert Schuman started off his statement, which became well-known as the emblem of the current European Union.
In Spanish, it would be: “La paz mundial no puede salvaguardarse sin unos esfuerzos creadores equiparables a los peligros que la amenazan”.
In Latvian: “Pasaules mieru nav iespējams nosargāt bez radošām pūlēm, kas ir samērīgas ar briesmām, kuras to apdraud”.
In English, the main language of our project KA 2017-1-ES01-KA219-038520: “World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it”.
Undoubtedly, one of the “efforts créateurs” the ones Schuman ereferred to, is ERASMUS +, a programme that relies on its 30 years experience and existence. It allows the mobility of thousands of students in a European Union that promotes freedom, equality, democracy, and human rights. Those are the values on which the European Union is based and it is regarde as an institution that was acknowledged in 2012 with the Nobel Peace Prize.
Among those students, the ones that attend IES Pedro Mercedes and Rigas Valsts 3 Gimnazija, together with their teachers, share innovation and good practices for learning foreign languages in a transformative experience for people and thus institutions and communities. We make new friendships and establish connections 3500km away that make us feel welcome, neighbours with whom we have so much more in common than we would have thought, we can share our customs and traditions, our heritage, our language and theirs while we complete motivating and learning tasks. It is ultimately about implementing new methodologies, educative innovation at the same time that we provide for the construction of a European Union that is “United in diversity” / “Unida en la diversidad” / “Vienota dažādībā”. The one that we would like to have for our young students so that they become European citizens of the 21st century. Good luck on your endeavor.Headmaster Mariano Moya
Every teacher and educator, in his/her everyday life, face the essential question: how to teach in the 21st century? Before even pondering what sort of teaching strategies contemporary educators should implement, one should determine what the 21st century learning is. The 21st century learning encompasses acquiring essential knowledge, skills and abilities, for instance, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, digital literacy, as well as collaboration and communication and all the key competencies that eventually will help students in their future.
Undoubtedly, 21st century learning has been widely interpreted and debated. What is crucial, however, is that modern educators use teaching strategies to provide students with the competencies and skills required for living, studying and working in the world that nowadays can be characterized by a vertiginous and constantly changing technological development and multilingualism. To accomplish this, educators themselves must possess 21st century core competencies and skills – this is the only most efficient way to make a change.
During this Erasmus+ project, teachers from Latvia and Spain, in collaboration with their students, public and private institutions, have searched for effective strategies, methods and areas to help students in their preparation for life in the modern world, by encouraging them to use and enrich their knowledge of foreign languages in combination with the development of the skills and competencies described above. Enormous work has already been done and numerous useful materials created; however, this is only the beginning and inspiration for constant search.
“Believe in new, clever changes!”Headmaster Andris Priekulis