Project ROOTS AND WINGS is a partnership of six schools from Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Norway, Sweden and Czech Republic that educate students with special educational needs (combined handicaps, autism including Asperger syndrome, mental handicap, …) and/or disadvantaged children (children from minorities and Roma children). One school is new to the Erasmus+ programme; five others have already realized at least one Erasmus+ project.
The idea of the project came up from an analysis of our students´needs: most of them reach a sufficient level of basic skills necessary for successful inclusion into society, and their struggles in this area are linked more to lack of self-esteem and motivation, lack of transversal skills, and sometimes also to their unrealistic expectations. This complex of obstacles is well known to many SEN teachers and all participating schools perpetually search for new ways to tackle it.
The aim of the project is to prevent potential early school leaving and subsequent social exclusion of our students by involving them in activities that will boost their self-esteem, self-confidence and their motivation to pursue education and help them to make good choice of their future career. Project activities will also give them tools to reach their goal – necessary transversal skills such as social, communication and civic skills.
During the first project year, students will discover and share about their roots – their cultural, national and linguistic heritage - and learn about that of their counterparts in order to appreciate European diversity as well as the shared values. During the second year, they will be encouraged to explore and evaluate their abilities and strenghts and to prepare a „flight plan“ for their future.
Use of participatory learning methods, teamwork and collaborative work will further help them to develop their social and communication skills. Results of project activities will be shared with peers from partner schools on the project Twinspace.
Short term exchanges present for our students an opportunity to experience the diversity of European national, cultural and linguistic heritage and to communicate, collaborate and bond with their peers from partner schools. Use of English and ICT during the project will motivate them to work harder in these subjects and develop another set of skills useful in their future career. Teachers will be able to compare and share about innovative methods to activise students with SEN and to observe and discuss examples of good practice.
All relevant projects results, such as templates, worksheets and portfolium of materials created by students will be available for download to serve as inspiration or educational tool both for teaching professionals and for wider public.