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Candle Wisdom is a project under the Erasmus+ program of Strategic Partnerships for Schools, linking schools in Latvia, Finland, Italy, Turkey and Portugal.

Digitalization, labor market, social and civic participation – all these factors require a major capacity to critically assess information in the context of an apparently infinite universe of available options. Good literacy skills are needed to manage our health, remain socially active and politically involved. Interaction is increasingly conducted through social networks, particularly among young people. However, good literacy skills are a prerequisite to be able to participate in this trend.

The goals of the project are the search for innovative methods that can be used to promote reading and writing skills in primary school children, exchanging experiences of integrating such methods in the curriculum learning process and raise awareness of the importance of these competences and their sectoral relationship with other crucial issues and capacities – such as logic, analytical thinking, communication, independent decision-making, planning, concentration, memory, etc.

Objectives

  • inspire young people to read not only in the school environment but also in their daily life;
  • exchange experiences on the student's reading practices of the partner schools;
  • motivate students to research, explore and participate in activities aimed at strengthening their literacy and literacy skills;
  • discover and learn about the cultures, literatures and languages of partner countries;
  • develop and improve skills in the English language, through communication with colleagues and the preparation of project materials;
  • raise awareness of the different European national education systems and cultural diversity;
  • introduce and promote innovative methods that facilitate reading and writing skills;
  • develop, test, adapt and adopt/implement innovative practices related to teaching and learning methodologies, thus providing key competencies;
  • exchange experiences and good practices, carry out peer learning activities and workshops;
  • help participating schools to increase the ability to work in international projects.

About 500 students will be directly involved in the project activities and nearly 2200 students will be indirectly involved. Of all participating schools, 50 teachers are expected to become directly involved in the activities and, indirectly, more than 192 teachers and other staff.

The project will consist of the following activities: initial meeting, five learning, teaching and training activities for students and teachers, and a set of local activities in each school – reading competitions, weeks of thematic literature, seminars, concerts, workshops, etc.

The main methodologies used to carry out the project will be: formal and non-formal methods, such as presentations, workshops, group work, gamification, active peer learning, discussion groups, study visits, outdoor learning through real experiences.

Additional emphasis will be placed on exploring multidisciplinary approaches – LTT (Learning, Teaching, Training) activities will be linked to school curricula, and the skills developed during the activity(ies) will increase student motivation to learn and help in the acquisition of the school curriculum.

The project envisages that schools will:

  • strengthen and develop a closer cooperation;
  • develop innovative educational processes by introducing new initiatives to facilitate literacy;
  • increase awareness of the importance of a higher level of literacy for successful integration into modern society;
  • promote the professional development of their teachers.

On a long-term perspective, the expected goal is to improve the overall level of literacy between youngsters living in all partner schools and their local communities. Schools will adapt the innovative methods learned during the project in their teaching/learning programs.

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