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Lithuania Klaipeda
Klaipedos "Gabijos" progimnazija
Coordinator: Olga Lupan
lglupan@yahoo.com

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Poland Debno
Zespol Szkol w Woli Debinskiej
Coordinator: Barbara Legutko
Email: basialegutko@op.pl

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Turkey Kayseri
Osman Ulubas Anadolu Lisesi
Coordinator: Ahmet Yýlmazlar
Email: yilmazlarahmet@hotmail.com

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Italy Ariano Irpino
Istituto Superiore Bruno - Dorso
Coordinator: Antonio Giacobbe
Email: antoniogiacobbe@libero.it

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Spain Castro del Rio
IES Ategua
Coordinator: Josefa Montilla Oliver
Email: pemontoliv@hotmail.com

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Germany Mönchengladbach
Gesamtschule Volksgarten
Coordinator: Susanne Gründler
Email: susannegruendler@aol.com

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Lithuania - Klaipeda
“Gabijos” progymnasium provides primary and lower secondary education. The progymnasium started its activities in 2003. There are 380 pupils between 6 and 14 years of age attending the school and 30 teachers working in it. It aims to provide its pupils with an educational environment that is intellectually, physically and culturally challenging, so that they can grow into balanced, mature, and confident adults. The progymnasium understands responsibility for academic achievement and seeks to develop in its pupils the skills, attitudes and sensibilities that will enable them to contribute fully to society.

Our progymnasium is located in Klaipeda, the third town in Lithuania. It was once a thriving region when there was an efficiently operating port and well developed ship building and fishing industries.. Local schools and colleges have a growing number of disadvantaged pupils and those with Special Educational Needs – physical, emotional and learning difficulties are common and have a negative impact on pupils’ school achievement. Within this context local educational establishments (schools, clubs, and museums) become an important support for the local communities, providing opportunities for meetings and cultural development.

We hope that involvement of our progymnasium in a project of European Cooperation with finances coming from the Comenius Programme will be a good opportunity for opening ourselves and our school to the European realities. We also hope that performing this activity, we will succeed in transferring "the good practices" to our school, and the pupils will get more efficiently involved in the course of education.

Poland - Debno
Our school is situated in the south of Poland, in a quite densely populated village. Education here lasts nine years, the students are aged 6 – 16 and there are about twenty of them in each class. They usually have about six lessons a day.

As the number of students is not very big (about 360) and the children are grouped according to their age, all the classes are mixed-ability. It involves additional work from the teachers, who are obliged to adjust the level of teaching to the needs of both the poorest and the best students. It includes not only grading the activities during the lessons according to their difficulty, but also organizing after-school clubs for the most talented pupils as well as meeting the ones who need help.

Apart from the mixed abilities among the learners, teachers often face students’ low motivation and lack of engagement, which may be caused by the fact that their parents’ support is not always satisfactory. Some of the families have financial problems, in some of them both parents are working and do not spend enough time with their children. Overwhelming majority of them cannot afford more than the essentials so entertainment like cinema, concert or theatre is a luxury. What hinders their access to cultural events is also the place they live: far from big cities and big events. If they had more opportunities of this kind they would probably perceive the need to learn and understand new things and therefore would be better motivated.

Despite the problems described above, our school does not have many discipline or misbehavior problems, lack of which is often an advantage of small schools. Generally speaking, it is a friendly place for both students and teachers.

Turkey - Kayseri
Kayseri Osman Ulubas Anadolu Lisesi was opened in 2012. In our school we have 24 classrooms, 3 labs, an ICT class, a gym, a confererence-theatre hall and a library. There are 180 students for the year 2012-2013, but for the coming educational year (2013-2014) there will be 360 students studying in our school. Our school is a secondary school offering education to students from 9th to 12th grades. In our school there are 14 students of seperated families, 30 of families with low social-financial level and 1 disabled clerk. Since our school is close to the industrial zone in province Kayseri, there aren't many houses or buildings around it. Although it seems to be far from the residencial areas, this is an advantage for students that during the school time students are away from the negative effects of the outside. Our students generally comprise those from families with low and average income level. Apart from this, since we admit students depending on their score from a national test, we have generally students with good academic level. Although we are new school, we have enough facilities.

It is really important for our school to take part in this project since promoting artistic and investigative skills of the teachers and students are in the vanguard of our school priorities. We beleive that via the project activities like performing in a musical of European Union History, our students will have the chance to improve their social and cultural competences. In line with this Comenius multilateral partnership project, our students are going to take part in a musical. In our school we offer drama courses to our students. For the year 2012-2013 they are still actively practising drama. This project will also help the students and the staff to broaden their horizons through getting into contact with our project partners from different parts of the world. Thus, we would like to add European dimension to our school through the knowledge and experience we'll gain from this project by working cooperatively with other schools from EU member states. As a candidate country Turkey attribute great importance to the integration with EU and with this project we aim to get students to have better and clearer insights into EU.

In this project we will take part as a partner and in line with the task distribution determined by all the partner schools, we are responsible for dictionary, curriculum, and the musical both in Turkish and English.

Italy - Ariano Irpino
The Bruno – Dorso Institute is a Secondary school situated in the town of Ariano Irpino in a hilly area at about 100km from Naples. This year there has been a fusion of two existing schools and now there are about 800 students and 100 teachers. There are four main courses: linguistic, social, art and technical. Our students‘ age goes from 14 to 18 and come from several villages in the surrounding area. In our school there are linguistic, ICT and science laboratories and our students often stay in the afternoon to attend practical classes.

Our students‘ families are mostly dedicated to agriculture, commerce and industry. There is also agricultural tourism based on the cultivation of biological products and their commercialization. This is a land that has been interested by emigration and now it going through the immigration phenomenon from eastern Europe and Africa. Our school has worked on European projects fort the last ten years and has had the possibility to meet and appreciate teachers and students from quite a few different countries. The past Comenius projects have given us the possibility to compare school organizations and different teaching methods. But, most of all, it has given our students the possibiliy to meet students of several other countries contributing in this way to understand the differences and the similarities that characterize the different cultures they have come in contact with. These meetings have generated enthusiasm and they have continued to foster their contacts through the social networks and some of them have even met again after the project had ended.

I think that after the positive experience of the past European projects, the new Erasmus + project will give the partecipating schools the possibility to give their contribution to strenghen the European culture and allow a deeper political consciousness.

Spain - Castro del Rio
IES "Ategua" is a General Secondary School situated in Castro del Río, a village of about 8000 inhabitants in the province of Córdoba, Andalusia. There are about 700 students aged 12-18. In the 11th and 12th grade there are also students from three nearby villages as we are the only school in the area to offer non-compulsory Secondary Education.

The majority of our students' families make their living on agriculture, olive oil production, there aren't any factories or other companies in the whole area, so the unemployment rates are very high. However, there are about 8% of emigrant students, mainly children from families who work only for two months during the harvest. Our previous experience with a Comenius project two years ago was very motivating and enriching for the whole school community and the visit of our partner schools a highlight for the whole village.

In this project our school will take part as a partner and prepare our part of the musical, we will also be responsible for the final production of a DVD with the whole musical. There will also be live performances of the complete musical in English and Spanish.

Germany - Mönchengladbach
The Gesamtschule Volksgarten is a general integrative comprehensive school in an area with quite high unemployment, high percentage of families living from national income support, high percentage of migration (50%), but a ambitious team of teachers. We are willing to overtake the role of the coordinating school and want to be responsible for the website of the project.

Our school profile has three columns: career preparation, theatre and literature and common teaching with learning disabled pupils. The project is a link to the second column "theatre and literature". Our experiences with our last Comenius project "Let's play economy" were so fantastic for all teachers and pupils that we want to give back a musial to the European Union, that make all these multinational projects possible.