European Forum for Freedom in Education
In October 2011, effe launched a project called 'What's Inside?' in partnership with EUROCLIO and with the generous support of Jean Lambert MEP. It is designed to help school students from all over Europe to explore their own sense of identity and citizenship through the use of photography.
Second to the home, the school environment is where a young person today will spend the majority of their young, formative years. Not only is it a place to learn academically so to prepare oneself for successful and sustainable employment later in life, but it is a place in which children should learn about themselves, about those around them and discover more about their place in a modern, democratic society.
The main aims of the project are:
- to engage students in a European wide project, provoking them to reflect upon their own sense of community, local, national and pan-national identity within a democratic Europe, including an historical dimension
- to promote intercultural understanding by highlighting differences and, perhaps more importantly, similarities between school children from across Europe
- to promote a sense of European citizenship through reinforcing links and sense of solidarity between participants
Boxes, filled with single-use cameras, project materials and puzzles will be sent around the continent, slowly being added to by each class as it goes. Each box has its own particular topic to do with citizenship and with each topic comes the decision: what to photograph! Amongst themselves, students will have to discuss and decide what thing/place/object/person bests represents for them that box’s subject and then get snapping.
Will the students’ photos end up strikingly similar or decidedly different? At the end of the project, with cameras and boxes full of photos and messages, we should have gained our very own snapshot of how young Europeans regard themselves as citizens at home, at school and abroad.
For a more detailed explanation on how exactly the project will work, you can download the What's Inside? project proposal here.
'Solidarity' by Odenwaldschule, Germany (right)
If you have any further questions regarding the project, please contact either Anne Liekenbrock (Director) or Josh Tebbutt (Project Officer). Contact details can be found on the EU Office webpage.
There is now a private Facebook page for all participants of the project. You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/309790669033810/ or just search for 'effe 'What's Inside?' Project' and ask to join.
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