OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

This project mainly aims at promoting the most important skills of our students to correspond to the 21st century learners' need to catch up with the innovations and requirements of our rapidly changing world at an international level with the collaborative work of teachers who will also improve and renew themselves theoretcally and practically in terms of integrating these skills into their classrooms in a cross-curricular dimension through exchange of ideas and share of experiences.

 

All educators want to help their students succeed in life. What was considered a good education 50 years ago, however, is no longer enough for success in college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century. In the manufacturing and agrarian economies that existed 50 years ago, it was enough to master the “Three Rs” (reading, writing, and arithmetic). In the modern “flat world,” the “Three Rs” simply aren’t enough. If today’s students want to compete in this global society, however, they must also be proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators (the “C4”).

 

Students need to master additional subject areas, including foreign languages, the arts, geography, science, and social studies. Educators must complement all of those subjects with the “Four Cs” to prepare young people for citizenship and the global workforce. What makes our project innovative, attractive and necessary is that it mainly focuses on these skills in the real life and real class athmosphere with the guidence of teachers and with the participant of students in cooperation of 6 partner schools coming from different backgrounds, having different socio-economical status, facing common and different problems. What is crucial is that today’s job market requires competencies such as critical thinking and the ability to interact with people from many linguistic and cultural backgrounds (cultural competency). To a 2010 study — the American Management Association, the AMA 2010 Critical Skills Survey — the (the “C4”). will become even more important to organizations in the future. It is clear that the “Four Cs” need to be fully integrated into classrooms, schools, and districts around the country to produce citizens and employees adequately prepared for the 21st century. For this reason, we planned a variety of activities in our project to foster these skills of students with the expectation of growth in each skill in the following way:

 

-Thinking critically and making judgments about the barrage of information that comes their way every day—on the Web, in the media, in homes, workplaces. Critical thinking empowers European youth to assess the credibility, analyze ,make reasoned decisions and take purposeful action.

 

-Solving complex, multidisciplinary, open-ended problems that all workers, in every kind of workplace, encounter routinely. Businesses expect employees at all levels to identify problems, think through solutions and alternatives, and explore new options.