IESO Quercus - Departamento de Dibujo - 2009 - Prof. Alfonso Tindon de Izu
IESO Quercus I Paseo de Poniente s/n I 37190 Urb. El Encinar, Terradillos I Salamanca I Spain I T. 923373315

Bulgaria Finland Greece Italy Netherlands Romania Spain Turkey



Lifelong Learning Programme "Comenius". Application form 2009 for School Partnerships -
In the project "BEYOND WORDS" we intend to work on the subject of the communication of concepts, ideas and universal values drawing on the wealth of the alternative languages of the arts: music, painting and sculpture.

Each partner will realize research into artistic works of their countries relevant to the communication of universal values. This research involves placing the works in context, which presupposes a review of the historical and social background of the period of their creation.

Firstly, a study will be carried out, therefore, on those national creations that convey concepts, ideas and universal values [peace, solidarity, brotherhood, equality, dialogue, friendship, freedom, justice, happiness...] and once the study is completed and conveniently prepared, it will be presented to the other partners.

As a second step and upon agreement of all partners, those works that represent the values that formed the European Union will be highlighted. All the work performed will form a whole; still it will be structured in didactic units, the contents of which will be the different artistic expressions that convey the proposed concept, idea or value.

The partnership will promote the dissemination of the final products planned [website, blog, newspapers, press releases, educational brochures, workshops, meetings, lectures, cultural weeks, exhibitions, didactic units, digital files, video recordings, DVDs...] so that the entire education community benefits from the work carried out.

The project aims to take advantage of the communicative potentials of the art, and its value as a universal language in the interaction between different nations and diverse cultures.


SOU "Ivan Vazov" is a general primary and secondary school, situated in the historical town of Sopot, in the very heart of the Central Balkan National Park in Central Bulgaria. Due to economic and demographic collapse of the rural areas, many schools in the surrounding villages have been closed. Many of their pupils came to our school, among them a significant number of ethnic Turks and Roma. Communicating with students from different countries and working on a variety of cultural issues would develop our students knowledge about Europe and themselves as well. A participation in this project would develop the emotional intelligence of our pupils, and would show them the European horizons and future perspectives.

KAITAAN LUKIO is an upper secondary school with an extended visual arts-oriented programme, situated in Espoo, 15 km south of Helsinki. International relations and projects have always played a big part in our school, which has belonged to Unesco's ASPnet since the 1970's.
We try to motivate our students to achieve a greater multicultural understanding through exchange programmes, and one of our aims is to promote tolerance.

Our school, GYMNASIO EFKARPIAS, is a quite big three-level Secondary Obligatory Education school (age of pupils 13-16). It is located in Efkarpia, a suburb of Thessaloniki, the co-capital of Greece. In addition to that, the number of immigrants in the area is increasing continuously, because housing is cheaper in Efkarpia than in the city. So, we have to face the issue of incorporating all of them into our everyday life at school. Our school follows the curriculum suggested by the Greek Ministry of Education. In addition, emphasis is given on the process of environmental, cultural, European projects, as well as in organizing day courses on various subjects such as career guidance projects, drama classes etc. In this way, we believe, we can contribute to ease the differences among students and give equal chances to all of them. This project would help our students to broaden their European horizons and give them a great deal of perspective.

Our school, I.I.S Liceo Scientifico E. Balzan, has got three courses :
The Language course, the Scientific Technological course and the Technical Industrial course with the specialization in Electronics and Telecommunication. Even if they are three different courses with their own specific curriculum, they share the same Educational Didactic Planning. Our school is situated in Badia Polesine, a small town in Alto Polesine, an area bordering the provinces of Ferrara, Padua and Verona, which is why our catchment area is so large and varied. Needing labour, the northeastern small- and medium-sized factories attract an increasing number of immigrants, whose children attend our school. These families integration is not easy; therefore our school has a thoughtful approach to this matter and is actively involved in making this process easier.

The RSG-Slingerbos / Levant is a secondary school for pupils from 12-18 y.o, in the middle of the Netherlands. It is situated in two different locations, in two cities. One in the polder, and one in Harderwijk. Although the majority of our pupils are from the Netherlands, we also have pupils from Turkey, Maroc, Afganistan, Irak... but they are well integrated in the school community. The internationalisation is a more and more important part of the school curriculum. In all school years the EIO (European and International Orientation) will be integrated into the relevant subjects. We want our pupils to be aware of being not only a Dutch citizen, but also an European citizen. The way to reach this, is giving our pupils the opportunity to work and to communicate on projects with pupils from other countries. In this global world all students need to experience to cooperate with young people from other countries. This Comenius project will contribute to understanding over the borders and to reduce prejudice in general.

During its centenary existence, the N. P. C "Constantin Bratescu" has educated children (from 6 to 18 y.o.) belonging to a wide national background, specific to the region our school is situated, Dobrudja, "a tiny Europe and Asia together", as it was called. In addition to the curriculum, annually, various optional courses and projects have been added to emphasise school role as catalyser for their cultural multinational values. It has become obvious, that a climate of tolerance, plural coexistence and cultural diversity has been maintained, yet, preserving for each of them the national identity, on a school background of equal chances. Taking part in this project will be for pupils and teachers of our school, anxious to meet foreign people and learn about other cultures, an excellent opportunity to reflect on European culture variety.

IESO QUERCUS, is a small educative centre with only the four levels of the Secondary Obligatory Education (age of pupils 12-16). It is located in Terradillos, a village situated on the outskirts of the city of Salamanca. Since some years ago, the number of immigrants is increasing continuously because the housing is cheaper than in the city, having to face the integration of these families as their children attend our school. With this familiar and social situation, our students have no opportunities to know other countries and their cultures.

EMLAK KONUT MIMARSINAN LISESI is a big educative school with only the four levels of the secondary school. (Age of pupils 14-18). It is located near the MARMARA sea. Our school is out of city centre. This school was built at the end of 2005. We have got many different activities: Chess, gym, laboratory... It has also got a big playground. The school is not far from the MARMARA sea.

To improve the quality and to increase the volume of mobility involving pupils and educational staff in different Member States (COM-OpObj-1)
To improve the quality and to increase the volume of partnerships between schools in different Member States, so as to involve at least 3 million pupils in joint educational activities during the period of the programme (COM-OpObj-2)
To encourage the learning of modern foreign languages (COM-OpObj-3)
To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice in lifelong learning (COM-OpObj-4)
To enhance the quality and European dimension of teacher training (COM-OpObj-5)
To support improvements in pedagogical approaches and school management (COM-OpObj-6)
We have planned a maximum number of mobilities for students and teachers. Students will meet in Italy (June 2010) and Spain (June 2011). Staff will have a meeting in each of the eight schools of the Partnership, four every school year. There are schools from eight countries in the proposed Partnership. The variety of countries and their geographical situation, will provide interesting opportunities to a large number of students to share educational activities during the period of the programme. Working language will be English, because it is studied by all the students as a main foreign language at their schools. The contact with foreign students will improve the linguistic competence previously acquired and will motivate the learning of other languages. Many of the activities and products planned in the project depend on the use of ICT. The Partnership will promote the use of the Internet and New Technologies as a communication tool between learners of different countries.