31/1: The working groups for the swedish LTT are now posted
30/1: Please notice that the schedule for the LTT activity in Sweden has been updated
In an article about education of Nov. 2017, the European Commission considers it crucial to inspire people to discover, use and improve their talents. Elections in various EU-countries as well as the debate within the EU, for example about integration of refugees, have shown that European societies are increasingly split. At the same time, for young people in our schools, problems of society are often out of horizon or so overwhelming that they either remain passive or are attracted to un-reflected or even radical solutions, spreading mere "opinions" via social media. Society today demands ‘active citizenship’ to enable us to take an active part in this changing Europe, addressing problems and so counteract individualism and nationalism.
The Paris Declaration (2015) and ET2020 Joint Report define precisely these needs as overarching priorities: ensuring young people acquire social, civic and intercultural competences, by promoting democratic values, fundamental rights, social inclusion, active citizenship and critical thinking. We want to make a relevant contribution to this.
Furthermore we are looking for an innovative way to explore regional problems with a European dimension in learning situations outside the classroom. Therefore the 4 schools feel the need to:
-develop and implement innovative pedagogical practices: Based on problem based learning (PBL), an instructional method of hands-on, active learning by investigating and solving real-world problems, we will create our own methodology called European Challenge based Learning (ECBL), described in part 3 of this section.
-continue to enable a significant number of students to experience European cooperation which helps them broaden horizons and acquire new, needed skills such as problem solving, thinking out of the box, doing research and using different tools to investigate a challenge, all of which are necessary for successfully developing active European citizenship.
This active way of learning and the multi-angular approach to challenges are needed to inspire and let young people discover and use their talents in education. Awareness of
local/regional/national challenges with an inherent European dimension and teamwork skills in multi-cultural groups are needed to promote and make the experience of active citizenship.