Volunteers at School

By 26 noviembre, 2014 Ingles, Portada

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Volunteers at School (VAS), a student-centered Comenius multilateral project, is a learning experience designed to promote volunteer work among secondary school students, aimed at raising their awareness and involvement in environmental and social areas according to their interests and needs in a multicultural European partnership which favours their communication in foreign languages, enhances their training in ITC tools and promotes collaborative work.
An active, collaborative, flexible and non competitive approach encourages students to design, carry out and assess hands-on activities, posters, surveys and reports, collected later in a booklet designed as an action guide.

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Participants:

  • Profesionala Gimnazia po Elektroteknika i Elektronika Konstantin Fotinov (Bulgaria)
  • Lykeio Kokkinochorion Fotti Pitta (Cyprus)
  • Ist International School of Ostrava (Czech republic)
  • 7º Geniko Lykeio Larissas (Greece)
  • Pascal College (Netherlands)
  • Convitto Nazionale Vittorio Emanuelle II (Italy)
  • Moletu Rajono Alantos Vindurine Mokykla (Lithuania)
  • Escola Secundaria de Tomas Cabreira (Portugal)
  • IES Alfonso II (Spain) (project coordinator)

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Rationale
According to UNESCO education is based on 4 pillars:
  1. learning to learn, that’s getting the tools to understand
  2. learning to do, which is the way individuals can influence their environment
  3. learning to live together, instrumental for participating and cooperating with the others in all kinds of human activities
  4. learning to be, a fundamental process which gathers elements from the others.
Pillars 3 and 4 directly embrace Volunteers at School, our project.
Our constantly developing society is under the permanent attack of crises affecting its values, customs and relationships. “Crisis” is a Greek word meaning “change”, and change urges action. Young people should especially be made aware of such reality and responsible for its changes.  Responsibility cannot be transferred; students can no longer be passive subjects. By making students aware of environmental problems such as forest fires or endangered species or social issues as elderly care or immigrants, education can easy their involvement in what seems the return path to the roots of democracy. Volunteering strengthens trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens; committed young citizens involved in small actions at school or beyond its formal framework are already making a stand to improve conditions for others and for themselves. These small contributions can also inspire others to volunteer and make them believe they are significant contributors to a better society.