world_cafe_elos_basque_country by liwenting


									Elos Basque Country
     World Café

    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
  really clever.

• 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
  European issue.

• 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:

• 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
  got higher.

• 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
  Bolonia Process.

• Main concern: market limitations for our local agriculture and

• Free travelling is very important. Open doors to study and
  work abroad.

• 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.
2nd   TABLE:
Europe in
 your life
   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
  speaking English.

• We use Facebook and Messenger as social networks.

• We watch films and listen to music in English.
           European customs

• 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.
            European customs

• 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
  each other.
3rd TABLE:
activities at
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.
in Europe
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.
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
      to disappear.
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.
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
Alberto Jiménez
Mikel Arenas
Mikel Viles
Aitor Arenas
Ane Bereziartua
     Made by the schools of
      Elos Basque Country

Music: The Bitter Sweet Symphony
        (as Europe itself)
          by The Verve

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