Educational systems across Europe are not paying enough attention to two main issues for young people’s present and future. In national curricula, there is little or even no training on healthy lifestyles and entrepreneurship skills, which might be two of the most important cornerstones we need to build a healthy society upon. Citizens that not only know how to lead a healthy lifestyle but also have the knowledge and the skills to create new business opportunities and expand our economy. After having some planning-meetings between the staff of the three partners, we considered relevant to deal with both healthy habits and entrepreneurship in our project and we set a number of objectives to be accomplished within it:
– Promoting healthy food habits and a better knowledge of healthy habits. Our pupils will have to work on a set of tasks and mini-projects within the program that will make them aware of the options they have beyond fast food and sedentary lifestyles. We will work on topics like cooking, sport, leisure and hobbies to encourage our students to incorporate a set of values and habits that will help them to have a healthy life and development throughout their adolescence and adulthood. We think it is necessary for our students to be aware of the potential problems they might go through in their lives if they do not acquire healthy habits, and that is why we will also work on the health issues and medical treatments derived from unhealthy approaches to food and habits.
– Promoting cultural knowledge and awareness. Being three different partners from three very different areas of the continent, our pupils may have very different opinions, tendencies and tastes of the food they have at their reach, and obviously very different traditions and customs. Since we want our students to be aware of how diverse and multicultural is Europe, we will get to know the customs of each of the partner countries in terms of food, lifestyle, but also history and cultural identity.
– Getting to know potential entrepreneurship possibilities. Unfortunately, our economic and educational systems may be educating our pupils to become passive members of the economy, they are not being provided with enough training or the necessary tools to become active and create new business ideas or take advantage of potential opportunities, this is fostering creativity and encouraging entrepreneurship. We will try to bring in the project the two of them, by including tasks that promote both in a real and meaningful environment. Our students will have to create and also to put themselves in the shoes of somebody who has to create a new business related to the main topic of the project.
– Fostering Foreign Language Learning. We cannot forget how important still is to have a good command of foreign languages, in fact, we are aware that it is one of the European Union objectives for our students to have a good knowledge of at least two European languages, besides their native ones. Because of that, all the national languages of the members will be used in the implementation of the project, and moreover we will also use English and Spanish as vehicle languages at some of the stages. We want our pupils to become familiar with the languages spoken in Europe and to encourage their learning. According to relevant research in the field of FLT (Foreign Language Teaching), successful acquisition of languages requires much more than the limited number of Foreign Language Learning taking place at school. More meaningful, relevant and real communication together with a content based approach are needed for successful learning to take place.