Alongside the different subjects, all teachers have the duty to instil in their students values and positive attitudes towards life and society. Education for values and attitudes is crucially beneficial for society and the individual as well, standing at the base of any national education system, including those in EU countries and candidates.
EU is based on the European values: respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality, and the rule of law. But have we all the same European values, as we claim, and are committed to respect them? Some local approaches to the migrants and refugees crisis prove that answer is no. Is it possible that people belonging to different nations or cultures to interpret these values in different ways? There is a way to counteract the fake news and extremist propaganda? There is a way to ensure that in Europe we all respect the same values and understand them in the same way?
We believe that the answer is in education and imply a transnational collaboration at a European level. There are 5.7M teachers in EU countries only, and they could have a huge impact on values integration, but only if they could easy collaborate each other on this matter. For all these reasons, we propose to create a European community of teachers who take care of students values and attitudes.
Project objectives are set according to social context and Erasmus priorities, and their attainment is guaranteed by having a strong and synergetic partnership, relevant and realistic outputs, and adequate and sustainable strategy:
1) To foster social inclusion and integration through enhancing Values and Attitudes Education at European level;
2) To strengthen the teaching profession through open resources, training, cooperation;
3) To harness open education and new technologies to enhance the resources, training, cooperation and democracy of education;
4) To foster European integration and raise awareness about European Values and Attitudes Education.
They will materialise in 4 main outputs that will be provided: O1 EVIA Platform – eva.eu, O2 Training kit (M1 – Module European Values, M2 – Module Media Tech Guide, M3 – Methodologic Guid); O3 Toolkit (EVIA lessons plans media integrated), O4 Teachers Community. These outputs will be developed by 7 partner organisations, from 6 different countries, among 2 universities, a county museum, a media company and 3 non governmental organisations, collaborating within a synergetic partnership.
UC Limburg, a renowned university from Belgium, will coordinate the partnership and ensure the expertise in Information technology. JLU Giessen, a university from Germany dedicated to excellent research and teaching with a distinct profile in cultural studies and the life sciences. UBTHM, a public museum from Romania will ensure expertise in History and Social Sciences at PhD level. Smashing Times is an International Center in Dublin, Ireland, that connects Arts and Human Rights through the develop creative projects and activities for educators. EURINNET, from Rome, Italy, is a branch of EURO INNOVANET, a research and consultancy private institute with over 25 years of experience in European projects. Paydaș, is a teachers association in Turkey providing training to refugees and asylum seekers with a great Erasmus experience. AIGB is a teachers association in Romania with expertise in pedagogy and technology integrated education, and experience in Erasmus program.
O1: eva.eu online multilingual, mobile adapted and media integrated platform will be developed to host and support the other project outputs
O2: Training Kit – to train teachers to perform European values education with innovative media-tech integrated aids in the modules M1 – European Values, M2 – Media Tech Guide, M3 – Methodologic Guide
O3: Toolkit will enable teachers to perform quality values education, through a multilingual collection of media, articles, science papers and lesson plans media-tech integrated on values education topics.
O4: EVA Teachers Community – teachers will be encouraged to use and implement the platform contents, widening the audience and fostering values education, in a unitary approach across Europe and using new, engaging methodologies that are more suited today.
Other outcomes are the e-Twinning parallel project supporting Teachers Community, a project website for regular updates and dissemination, 5 multiplier events, and 6 project meetings.
For its purposes and peculiarities, the EVIA project necessarily involves a European transnational partnership, able to give reacher contribution and collaboration. Ultimately, more students in Europe, including those belonging to cultural, ethnic or religious minorities, will be taught in the same spirit of European values, will learn to have a critical view and to discern what they learn from other sources, will challenge religious dogma or chauvinistic stereotypes, and will make a change, toward a more integrated and inclusive Europe.