Elos Basque Country
5th May 2011
Europa ikasketa eremu bezala ikastetxean.
Europa como ámbito de aprendizaje en la escuela.
Europe as a Learning Environment at School.
Elos is an educational concept which seeks to promote a
European dimension in your lessons and activities at school.
You can participate in projects and exchanges with students
from other European countries.
Elos is eventually about learning everything you could possibly
need to be fully prepared to learn, work and live as a European
This Elos World Café held in the Basque Country was an
opportunity for students of the Elos schools to meet and
exchange opinions about Europe.
World Café (the experience)
• Students from the five Elos schools in the Basque Country
were offered to participate in a World Café on the premises
of the Government of the Basque Country in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
• There was a preselection in each school.
• Some preparatory sessions were held in each school to
reflect on the issues put forward.
• Eventually, on 5th of May, we all were welcome by
representatives of the Department of Education of the
Basque Country and discussed different issues related to
Europe and our European citizenship the way we, students
aged 15-17, see them.
Our time in Lakua (Basque Government offices’ location)
• We met nineteen students. Our teachers were also there.
• Representatives of the Department of Education also
addressed a few words to us and overheard what we were
• All students had something to say and their comments were
• We had never met before and we had a great time and
learned from each other.
• Some opinions about the present and future of Europe were
pessimistic some others more optimistic but all of them
were clever and well reasoned.
• After finishing we had something to eat while we continued
Topics and tables
• There were four topics and
four tables. At each table,
we talked about a different
• We talked about the
schools in Europe, the
European Union, our
experiences in Europe, our
prospects as European
citizens, and the future of
Europe and the Basque
Country in Europe…
• First, we discussed the
Our work different topics mixing
students from each school.
• After fifteen minutes we
switched round and
discussed the topic at the
next table with our new
• There was an appointed
secretary who wrote down
the minutes and passed
them on to the teachers,
who summarized the main
• At the end, each group
prepared a power point
presentation... this is the
1st Table: GENERAL TOPICS
• The European Union for us.
• Making decisions.
• Influence on us.
The European Union for us
• Union from diversity. 27 members with common aims.
• All together respecting each other’s identity.
• Most of the countries share the same currency, the Euro.
It makes travelling and other activities easier but prices
• Economic more than political union to be stronger in the
world and fight the crisis.
• Closer to citizens to solve our problems.
• We are all European citizens even if we are not
conscious of this important fact.
Decisions in the European Union
• Economic and political decisions.
• Sometimes they aren’t the right decisions for us.
(prices,limitations in farming and fishing...)
• 80% of our laws are European laws, passed in the European
Parliament, the best known European institution.
• Free market inside European Union.
• Minimun conditions all the countries have to fulfill.
• Not enough energy to fight in favour of human rights.
Influence on us
• There are some decisions related to us, for example, The
• Main concern: market limitations for our local agriculture and
• Free travelling is very important. Open doors to study and
• Common laws to protect us as consumers.
• Ecology as a priority in political decisions.
• The strong influence of The European Union on our daily lives
versus how little we know about Europe.
Using English outside school
• Exchange projects help us improve our English level. After
the project we keep in contact with our friends through
• On holidays we meet new friends and we get used to
• We use Facebook and Messenger as social networks.
• We watch films and listen to music in English.
• Timetables are very strange to us, for example,
they have dinner earlier than we do and they
spend more time at home. We like hanging out.
• Their religion is sometimes linked to their
customs, but here it may happen too.
• The weather makes people behave differently.
• Being polite and education is more important
• Public transport is often used. TAKE YOUR BIKE!
• Are we different or are they different? It doesn’t
matter. We share our customs and we learn from
1. Comenius: European project to open the
borders of the countries in which a lot of
students of different schools take part in it. In
general everybody is very happy about this
project because they like to meet new friends
and learn about foreign cultures.
2. Elos: Portfolio: A document which allows us to
express our opinion about Europe.
1.Exchange projects: With the help of Comenius
and Elos we have the opportunity to visit and to
get to know other countries and cultures and with
this, to have a good time practising the
languages. For example, going to Germany
(modern school , good technologies), France
(awesome discipline), Estonia (a lot of languages,
low discipline and short classes), Turkey
(awesome discipline), Sweden, Ireland (low level
of second language and really close to religion),
Netherlands, Wales, Finland (modern school).
• Conclusion: We are very lucky about
travelling around Europe and about
getting to know new cultures and
friends. And we think that it could be
important to give this idea to other
• One month of holidays in Germany
•The Irish school is very old. It was built 250 years ago.
•Because of the cold climate, Estonian students change their
clothes and shoes before entering school.
•In Turkey and in some places of France they sing their
national anthems twice a week before starting school.
•In Estonia and in Germany they have TVs in the classrooms
•In Germany students are divided according to their level.
We are enjoying Comenius, and for the future we have Erasmus in
mind, we also want to keep studying English, and learn some other
languages such as French, German, or even Chinese.
LIVING IN EUROPE
We are a little bit afraid of it, but we all would
want to try.
And if it goes well, who knows?
Life can change, and we can end up
living somewhere else.
Sharing what you know:
cultural diversity is a very positive experience,
you learn from other countries and you show
your own country to the rest of Europe.
The European Union should
defend our interests in front of
the whole world.
To keep in touch with Europe is
important for us, because the Basque
Country is not very well known in
Europe. This way we will be able to
show and share our culture.
But we do not know if
joining Europe would
be helpful for our
It may cause some
cultures or languages
For the year 2035, more countries will
be part of the Union, and it may be
stronger, as the aim of the European
Union is to be all one.
OUR EUROPE/S. OUR PROSPECTS
I.E.S ANITURRI B.H.I. (AGURAIN) I.E.S ANTIGUA-LUBERRI B.H.I.
Amets Aguayo (DONOSTIA)
Markel Gómez Gorka Gabilondo
Maite Molinuevo Simon Lopez
Itziar Uriarte Ane Mendia
I.E.S EKIALDEA B.H.I.(VITORIA- Miren Olasagasti
GASTEIZ) I.E.S. BOTIKAZAR B.H.I. (BILBO)
Ikerne Acha Daniel Fernández
Jone Iturrate Ane Cortázar
Ane Estarrona Pello López De Munain
I.E.S UROLA IKASTOLA AZKOITIA-
Made by the schools of
Elos Basque Country
Music: The Bitter Sweet Symphony
(as Europe itself)
by The Verve