Coordinator: The Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymasium (EMAG) is a public secondary school, with around 65 staff and over 800 pupils, located in the geographical middle of Germany, south of the Harz mountains and close to the former inner German border. Due to the latter fact this region is considered to be economically weak. This is further increased by the no longer available subsidies that were previously granted to the then "Zonenrandgebiet" (area adjacent to the GDR).
These economical factors result in an above average unemployment rate which also affects the families whose children attend the EMAG. This can also be measured by the amount of pupils applying for / getting free provision of teaching aids.
Herzberg is also the home of a significant number of people with a migratory background, coming mostly - but not exclusively - from Turkey. One of the major aims of the EMAG is to integrate these pupils as well as possible into everyday school life. In this respect the language Esperanto serves as a means to remove cultural isolation. The local children will be encouraged to learn elements of the languages and cultures of the partner countries.
The project ensures the participation of migrant pupils, as the basis is inclusion of all within linguistic diversity: all languages and cultures are viewed as valuable, of equal worth, granted equal consideration, mutually enriching.
Apart from the integration of pupils with a migratory background, the EMAG also tries to enable children with special needs to graduate. To ensure their learning progress and success, social education workers once in a while enrich the staff of the EMAG. These pupils will also benefit from the project, as Esperanto has been shown to be more accessible and therefore more motivating for weaker pupils than traditional national languages.
Our responsibility in this project would be the direction, coordination and organization of the cooperation between the partner schools. During the implementation of the project we are going to manage the preparation, the evaluation, the execution of the pupils’ tasks and show the steps leading to the preparation of the end product.
Our school has had more than 50 years of history. It plays a decisive role in the city of Győr and around in the field of commercial education. With its 951 students our institute is considered a big school where the number of the staff is 82.
In the vocational branch of our school we educate shop assistants, commercial manager assistants, logistic and commercial executives. Our school has a broad range of international network. During our cooperation we have accomplished several successful projects. Year by year, our students have participated in professional training abroad.
In this new partnership our students will get acquainted with culture and language diversity of the European Union. We would like to add to the commercial dimension also new experiences connected with geography, history and culture of our neighbour and other European countries.
We are convinced that from these students could benefit in their future professional life and get better informed about life and job prospects in the European House.
We will actively participate in every stage of the project, host and guide guests from partner schools, visit them in their countries, work on the evaluation and the final product. We will ensure that all our project tasks will be fulfilled according to the plan.
ITALY, Mazara del Vallo
"Giuseppe Grassa" Institute is situated in Mazara del Vallo, a very cosmopolitan town and the most important part of Italy.
Our school is characterized by the presence of a great number of students coming from North Africa and belonging to families who work in the maritime sector. Our students come from a varied social-cultural background.
Our school is the biggest in the town and is well-known as a model of "open school" fulfills all students needs. About 60 students have already started studying Esperanto and they are very satisfied and motivated, so we hope we will continue this opportunity in the future. We think that Esperanto could become a very important means of communication able to overcome all linguistic and cultural barriers among people.
We are looking forward to cooperating with other partner schools, to exchanging experiences and to learning together. We will be actively involved in every stage of the project, always staying in touch with other partners and supporting them. We plan to host pupils from partner schools in the spring of 2013 and prepare an evaluation after the second stage of the project. If needed, we are also ready to take over its coordination.